What you need to know
- The Sultans Ascend Expansion for Age of Empires IV brings two brand new playable civilizations to the game as well as four variant options.
- The Japanese and the Byzantines are the two brand new civs while Zhu Xi’s Legacy, Ayyubids, Jeanne d’Arc, and Order of the Dragon are variants of existing in-game groups.
- The Japanese civilization has a Daimyo system, which turns Town Centers into Daimyo Manors and Shogunate Castles (depending on the age players are in) for extra defense and food production.
- This Sultans Ascend Expansion releases on Nov. 14th and preorders are open.
Today, the official Age of Empires X account (formerly Twitter) posted information about The Japanese civilization that will come to Age of Empires IV with the Sultans Ascend Expansion, which releases on Nov. 14, 2023.
According to the tweet, “The Japanese civilization introduces the new Daimyo system. Upgrading Town Centers to Daimyo Manors (and later Shogunate Castles) grants powerful defenses and bolsters food production from nearby farms.” This will help make The Japanese civilization a powerful one to play as.
The tweet also dropped a link to the official Age of Empires site where viewers can get more details on the six civilizations included in the Sultans Ascend Expansions. It’s here that we learn that The Byzantines take advantage of Greek Fire on both land and sea to cause damage to opposing buildings, units, and ships. Greek Fire can be spread with Trebuchets, Dromons, and Cheirosiphons (a handheld device).
The Japanese civilization introduces the new Daimyo system. Upgrading Town Centers to Daimyo Manors (and later Shogunate Castles) grants powerful defenses and bolsters food production from nearby farms. https://t.co/UzNZSYjndmPre-order the new expansion: https://t.co/HM3YanKrND pic.twitter.com/uzrvYH4PlQOctober 30, 2023
With the Sultans Ascend Expansion for Age of Empires IV, two brand new civilizations are being brought to the game. Of course, there are the aforementioned Japanese and the Byzantine, but there are also four variants of existing in-game civilizations to help shake things up: Order of the Dragon, Ayyubids, Zhu Xi’s Legacy, and Jeanne d’Arc.
The Sultans Ascend Expansion for Age of Empires IV comes to the game on Nov. 14, 2023 and is currently available for preorder. You must have the base game to use the expansion. The base game is available via Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.
Windows Central’s take
I had the pleasure of doing Windows Central’s Age of Empires IV review when the game came to Xbox earlier this year. The console version of the game manages to make controls far easier to access via gamepad without taking away from the fast-paced strategic element that makes Age of Empires the fun, historical RTS multiplayer that it is.
Part of the reason AoE games are so enjoyable is that every civilization has its own skills and abilities that make it a challenge to play and master. So, the idea of being able to strategize with six additional civilizations made available through the Sultans Ascend Expansion only adds to this existing fun. Whether you’re playing the game on PC or Xbox, the expansion will be a great way to increase your enjoyment while playing solo or against others.
On a side note, I’m absolutely in love with Age of Empire IV’s official art, which does a fantastic job of combining historical Renaissance human figures with painterly strokes and somber tones for a very dream-like effect. This results in delightfully murky images that have one true focal point that your eye is drawn to. They are really quite fantastically done.