Age of Empires 3 DE will get a new civ today, and a new expansion later this year

Age of Empires 2 is not the only game getting some new toys...

April 13, 2021 The US civ is out now on Steam and Windows for $4.99 | £3.99, or by completing the 50 state challenge (details below).

The Age of Empires fan preview event today blew the lid on Age of Empires 4 and gave us a first glimpse at what it’s going to be like. You can read a summary of the key details if you’re interested, but there were also new things announced for the Age of Empires series definitive editions as well.

Age of Empires 2 DE is a getting new expansion and co-op, but Age of Empires 3 DE is also getting some love as soon as next week! This coming Tuesday, AOE3 will receive its first major update and DLC pack, which will introduce the United States into the game as a separate civilisation. They will get a new unique explorer unit as well as eight other units, home city, and a brand new ‘age up’ mechanic, among other things.

For a limited time, you’ll be able to unlock the United States civ for free by completing a the new ’50 state’ challenge, each one of which is themed on an individual state. Please note, that because you can only complete three challenges a day, unlocking the new content this way will take at a minimum 17 days to complete.

You will be able to purchase it via Steam or the Windows Store for $4.99 | £3.99. Later this year, the game will also be showcasing new African civilisations that will be introduced in a future expansion.

We weren’t given any more details beyond that. There were some images and live footage available during the fan preview stream, which you can check out above at the 12:50 mark. Age of Empires 4 is due to release sometime in Fall 2021.