Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a remaster of the classic RTS game from 1997 was supposed to launch on Thursday, October 19 on the Windows Store, but the game’s release has now been delayed to next year. The developers announced the bad news on the Age of Empires website last week, adding that they’re now targeting “early 2018” (via DualShockers).
In the meantime, “thousand more players” will soon be able to join the the closed beta, which should help the developers improve the game before its launch next year. “We will be actively engaging with everyone participating in the closed beta to gather additional feedback, set up multiplayer sessions, and ensure that the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition that we are delivering is the Definitive Edition that you want,” explained the team.
Age of Empires had its own event at Gamescom this year, where Microsoft also announced Age of Empires 4 as well as remastered versions of Age of Empires 2 and 3. None of them have a release date for now, and we don't expect to get more details until next year.