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To start their empires, players will need to explore the world around them to locate essential resources. Using these resources, they’ll construct buildings, produce units, and build their economies — all the while fighting off a barrage of enemy raids and attacks.
Guide your empire through the ages, and when the time is right, strike your enemies with the full force of your empire, claiming victory!
Norman Campaign - Age of Empires IV takes players on a journey through the ages as they command influential leaders, build expansive kingdoms, and fight some of the most critical battles of the Middle Ages. At the start of the Norman Campaign — just one of four campaigns available in Age of Empires IV — William of Normandy sets forth on the hard-fought road to conquer England and become it’s new king. What follows is an epic story of succession, family conflict, anarchy, and rebellion — all with the players in the front seat.
Chinese Civilization - The Chinese is a civilization of impressive constructions, gunpowder strength, and a Dynasty System that provides unique benefits and varied strategies to overcome the opponent. They are powerful defenders behind formidable fortifications with a strong focus on economy. You live through history as Chinese culture, strength, and innovations created ripples across Eurasia, growing your empire as you move through vibrant Dynasties. City planning is an important growth strategy. Their Dynasty system offers advantages when triggered and provides bonuses like unit bonuses and access to unique buildings.
Military Might - The military prowess of the Chinese lies in their mighty gunpowder strength. They have access to multiple unique gunpower units, making them a fierce civilization to go up against in battle. Unique units like the Fire Lancer, a cavalry unit from the Yuan Dynasty, is equipped with a fire lance; while the Nest of Bees is a powerful siege weapon that fires an immense burst of arrows in an area. They also have access to a unique unit called the Imperial Official, which collects gold from nearby buildings.
Dynasties - Dynasties are a unique trait of the Chinese civilization. With their ability to build all landmarks at any Age, selecting two from the same Age triggers a Dynasty of their choosing for unique bonuses, buildings, and units. The Tang Dynasty focuses on exploration, giving speed and vision bonuses for Scouts. The Song Dynasty focuses on population boom, giving access to the Village building and the Repeater Crossbow unit. The Yuan Dynasty focuses on food boom, giving access to the Granary building and Fire Lancer unit. Lastly, the Ming Dynasty focuses on military advantage, giving access to the Pagoda building and Grenadier unit.
Delhi Sultanate - The Delhi Sultanate civilization is at the forefront of technological innovation. They have a strong focus on research and defense, with an edge in technological advancement over other civilizations. Advancing through the Ages has you experience this civilization’s rich history, getting a taste for the Delhi Sultanate’s vibrant cultures and defiant strength. Strategic decisions in the early Ages are essential. The Delhi Sultanate can be terrifying to come across: the core of their army, the War Elephant, has staggering raw strength capable of high damage.
Blossoming Strength - While biding their time growing their strength through the Ages, the Delhi Sultanate can tap into their defense through foot units’ abilities to construct defensive structures. Once their military reaches full heights, the Delhi Sultanate’s power is a force to be reckoned with. Unique units include the Scholar, a monk-type unit with a unique ability to speed up research and technology upgrades. The mighty War Elephant is a powerful melee unit with high health and damage against all. The Tower War Elephant is a devastating unit with ranged attack, with two archers mounted in a tower on a War Elephant.
Technological Wonder - The Delhi Sultanate’s specialty lies in research. Not only do they have access to several upgrade options throughout the Ages, but their unique Scholar Research System—with the valuable Scholar unit —provides an advantage in research that no other civilization has. The Delhi Sultanate have no cost for technology upgrades, allowing them to research several upgrades for their growing civilization through their Scholars. The Delhi Sultanate have access to the Mosque at the start, which produces Scholars and helps speed up research and making them a booming center for technological innovation.
English - The English strength is unparalleled, reinforced by the power of their archery units, a firm control over castles and defensive buildings, and a highly dependable food economy that sustains them through the Ages. The English hold several key advantages, creating an exciting battlefield for resources and victory. The English specialize in their network of castles: Town Centers, Outposts, Towers, and Castles trigger an alarm when an enemy approaches—prompting nearby units and defensive structures to fire faster for a short period. Their Keeps can produce all units, allowing for the English defense to reign supreme.
Keeping Enemies At Bay - The Longbowman is a special English unit and a unique version of the Archer in other civilizations. The Longbowman has longer range, thus an advantage in ranged combat, with access to significant upgrades. The English Man-at-Arms is a sturdy infantry unit, available earlier than other civilizations and has an extra armor upgrade available. The English Villager is the humble unit of the civilization and the key to starting a powerful economy. They have light fighting abilities with a ranged bow attack to ward off early rushes.
Defensive Foothold - The English have access to unique landmarks that reinforce the English as a defensive powerhouse, establishing your foothold as you expand your army of infantry, cavalry, and siege units to become an indestructible force. With its network of castles and landmarks to keep your empire safe while you grow and expand it, you will need access to a steady income of resources. The English have access to cheaper farms early on, generate gold to continue to feed your ever-expanding empire and army!
Mongols - The Mongols are an agile civilization, excelling in hit-and-run military strategies and capable of expanding armies rapidly. The Mongols are a disciplined civilization, recognized for changing history in connecting the East to the West. Being a nomadic civilization with the ability to move their bases, combined with early access to cavalry units and speed granted from early Outposts, the Mongols reign supreme in flanking enemies and retreating quickly before enemies have a chance to catch up. Because of their high mobility, their army can outmaneuver enemies with ease.
Flanking Prowess - The Mongols have access to the stable at the beginning, giving them means to construct a fast-moving, agile army to strike fear into their opponents and gain advantage through scouting valuable knowledge of their opponents. The Mongols have access to a unique unit called The Khan, a horse archer with the Signal Arrow special ability, supporting and strengthening the Mongol army. The Mangudai, the devastating horse archer, adds fear to opponents due to their excellent hit-and-run tactics. Due to their nomadic nature, the Mongols have Pastures instead of Farms, producing sheep is the primary of food for the Mongols.
Expanding our Empire - The Mongols can quickly build up their economy with unique buildings, like the stone-mining Ovoo or the mobile Ger. The Ovoo allows The Mongol to rapidly produce units or improve their research. The Ortoo gives the Mongols a network of outposts to quickly respond to enemy openings or to rally to defend their position. The Mongols need for resources for their army can trigger dramatic battles for resources as they pursue total domination. Constantly moving to gain advantage of the resources spread across the map, and keeping their opponents guessing, the Mongols are a devastating, highly mobile civilization.
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