Yes, Age Of Empires Will Have Controller Support On Xbox
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In case you missed the big announcement, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is coming to Xbox Series X and S early next year on January 31, 2023. It'll also be joined by Age of Empires IV at a later date.

Now, in case you're wondering about the control method in these console versions, it seems they'll support both keyboard & mouse and Xbox controllers. In the announcement post on Xbox Wire, World's Edge director of customer voice Emma Bridle confirmed both inputs would be available.

This has been a "massive task" and one that had to be approached carefully and thoughtfully. There'll even be a new tutorial focused specifically on controller input. There'll also be the option for keyboard and mouse controls.

"We knew that bringing the complexity of RTS to Xbox consoles was a massive task and one we had to approach carefully and thoughtfully. The team has been working hard to bring an experience that not only feels great using a controller, but also teaches players how to play on Xbox. A new tutorial designed specifically for controller input paired with a new user experience for console will help players get started."

"...For those players who are loyal to keyboard and mouse, we’ve ensured that those inputs are supported in the console version. We also considered the functionality Xbox players have come to expect from their games and so the game will include optional crossplay between platforms, allowing you to play with your friends on Xbox and on PC."

What control method will you be using to play the Age of Empires series on Xbox? Leave a comment below.