The original game in the "Age Of Empires" franchise, which was released back in 1997, has been announced to be coming back in a brand new definitive edition remake. Microsoft and Forgotten Empires announced at the PC Gaming Show during the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event that a new title called the "Ages of Empires: Definitive Edition"' will be coming to Windows PC.

A high definition remake

According to Microsoft, the game will not simply be a port of the original game but will instead be a remastered version that will still stay loyal of the mechanics and themes of the original title.

The "spiritual revival" of the original 1997 title will be released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise, which was considered to be one of the best real-time strategy (RTS) video game of its time.

Ensemble Studios' 1997 RTS video game was a commercial success after it was released. It also spawned seven sequels and three spin-off titles that all followed the same basic formula. Since its release, the game has sold more than 20 million copies and has been a great influence for future RTS titles such as "Rise of Nations," "Cossacks," and "Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds."

Check out the game's official announcement trailer below:

Modern improvements

To bring the title into the modern age and to take advantage of modern gaming systems, "Ages of Empires: Definitive Edition" will now be coming with full HD and 4K resolution support.

Character animation and visualization have also been enhanced along with textures and the game's user interface.

Players will also now be able to zoom in and out to a greater degree compared to the original title. Due to some changes in several key gameplay mechanics, the upcoming title is claimed to be more strategically challenging than the previous installments.

To further elevate the nostalgia and enhance the experience, the upcoming game will feature a remastered version of the original's complete soundtrack. Multiplayer gameplay is still present but players will have the added benefit of being able to play with other gamers via Xbox Live.

Closed beta

Those who are interested in trying out the game before its release can join in the title's closed beta.

The beta is currently now open for registration and players can opt-in by visiting the game's official website. After signing up, players will be able to join the "Age of Empires" Insider Program, where they will be able to help further refine the game before its public released for the PC sometime this summer.