Age of Empires 4 Regional Pricing Sparks Fan Outrage

The pricing for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition has been announced and fans of the franchise are rightfully upset. The new game will be region locked and will only be available in regions where the game will be sold. This is a huge blow for fans of the series because Microsoft and Gaming Giant Ensemble recently announced that they were working on a free-of-charge multiplayer version of the game for all regions.

When it was announced that Age of Empires 4 would be split into three separate games, one publisher told its community of fans that it was necessary to get the game out the door. Age of Empires 4 is being developed by two studios, Ensemble Studios and Relic Entertainment, and Relic is producing the game, while Ensemble is doing the programming.

word-image-9894 Microsoft revealed the release date and price of Age of Empires 4 at E3 2021, and although the strategy game is scheduled for a release later this year, the regional price differences have caused outrage among fans in some parts of the world. Age of Empires has the expected AAA price of $59.99/€59.99/£49.99, but Australian fans will have to pay around 30% more for the standard edition of the game. word-image-9895 word-image-9896 Instead of A$80, or about $60, Australian players will have to pay A$99.95 if they want to play Age of Empires IV at launch. Complaints about regional prices also come from other places, such as Brazil. A forum user claims to be paying 20% of the national minimum wage for the last part of the series. You can find a price list in the Steam database. Age of Empires IV isn’t the only game with complaints about regional pricing, however. This recurring problem is sometimes due to some error, but a number of factors, including sales tax, can also affect the cost of the match. We have contacted Microsoft for comment and will update this article once we have a response. Thank you very much, PCGamesN! Follow video game news on Twitter , watch our videos on YouTube, like us on Facebook and join us on Discord.

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