Age of Empires IV, one of the most anticipated of titles from Microsoft, is set to arrive later this year. And ahead of its October launch, the developers continue to test and refine it.
A closed beta was held in August, where a select few lucky individuals got in to get an early look at the RTS game. And now, the company has announced an open beta of sorts, billed as a stress test, that will be open to all PC players.
This open beta will allow developers to test the servers ahead of the games release on October 28.
As the team explains:
“Most aspects of the game available during this event will be focused on the multiplayer experience. However, you will have the opportunity to play against AI via the Multiplayer Custom Lobby, as well as try out Mission Zero (the game’s tutorial). Given this is a Technical Stress Test, we encourage you to play against others participating.”
Almost anyone can jump in and try out the real-time strategy game, though the festivities will only last a single weekend. The event lasts from Friday, September 17 through to Monday, September 20.
All you need to do is meet the modest minimum hardware requirements, and you should be good to go:
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i5-6300U or AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
- Memory: 8GB
- Graphics: Intel HD 520 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
- DirectX: Version 12
If you do, then there are a couple of ways you can jump in. You can either use the Xbox Insider Hub app for the Microsoft Store on Windows 10, or on Steam by requesting access to the Technical Stress Test.
The Mission Zero tutorial and multiplayer custom lobbies against other players and AI are present in this build. As for factions, there are four — the English, the Chinese, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Abbasid Dynasty. Five maps will also be made available in this build.
Moreover, while the recent closed beta was very well received by the Age of Empires community, Microsoft kept a lid on things with a strict non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that meant no details or footage was allowed to be shared.
No such restrictions in place for this latest test.