Aussie devs Wicked Witch, Tantalus working on Age of Empires 2

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Wait, what?

Australian studio Wicked Witch has taken to Facebook to confirm it is working on none other than Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition.

“Wicked Witch are excited to announce they are working on Age of Empires II,” a straight-to-the-point post on Facebook today reads.

A post from Microsoft last week confirms this, though we’d missed it at the time.

“Developed by Forgotten Empires, Tantalus, and Wicked Witch, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition includes entirely new content and many exciting gameplay improvements,” the post on Xbox Wire reads.

Tantalus is also an Aussie studio with an office based in Melbourne.

“This edition contains all previously released Age of Empires II content, as well as brand new civilizations, additional campaign missions, new graphics that support up to 4K resolution and Xbox Live support for multiplayer, including all-new achievements,” Microsoft said of the game. “Not to mention, the edition features quality-of-life upgrades such as automatic farm reseeding to take the game you already know and love to the next level.”

Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition was confirmed last week at E3 2019; at the same time, Xbox Game Studios confirmed it had opened a “newly-created Age of Empires studio headed by Shannon Loftis.”

“We are committing more resources and dedicated leadership to the Age of Empires franchise to ensure that its legacy on PC continues in service of the passionate community of faithful fans,” the post on Xbox Wire reads. From what we know, Age of Empires 4 is currently in development by Relic Entertainment.

To be honest, we’re not sure why Wicked Witch is working on the title instead of a Microsoft first-party studio, but good news for Aussie devs nonetheless.

Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition will head to Windows PC in 2019 as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC program.