Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition has simply obtained a brand-new patch that folds a fairly large batch of new content material and gameplay updates into the RTS game. Catchily titled Update 47581, the patch brings an anniversary bash, “tons of Inca gameplay improvements and balance tweaks”, new maps, extra Inca playing cards, and extra.

Celebrating the overhauled technique game’s launch this time final yr, the in-game bash is a “new and unique event”, the AoE devs clarify, which is now dwell till October 26. Players get missions to finish whereas it’s in full swing, with every bringing in-game rewards when overwhelmed. For instance, when you win a single-player skirmish or multiplayer game whereas taking part in because the Americans or British you’ll get a profile icon, or when you prepare 50 artillery models from both the artillery foundry, fort, siege workshop, or palace, you’ll earn a “birthday cake cannonball mod”. Sweet?

There’ll be one mission a day to finish and, whilst you don’t have to finish them on consecutive days to get the rewards, to maintain the goodies you’ve earned after the occasion wraps up, you will want to log into your Xbox Live account sooner or later beforehand.

Elsewhere, there are three new maps with the replace – two South American and one African. The first, Bahia, sees you make a push in direction of the coast to entry an entire lot of sources, whereas making an allowance for that enemies are at all times close by, beginning very shut to one another, although a protracted cliff separates them. You’ll discover Jesuit settlements and Pistolero and Comanchero outlaws within the map. Minas Gerais, in the meantime, gets you to “play aggressively and control the hunts in the grassy plain, or head to the mountains in search of gold mines”, with Jesuit and Tupi settlements popping up on this one. Outlaws discovered are the identical as Bahia’s.

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Siwa Oasis gets gamers to battle it out in slim corridors and is good for AoE3’s Treaty mode, the patch notes clarify. The map’s set in an remoted spot with no commerce routes, with Berbers, Sudanese, and Sufi settlements, and Desert Warrior and Desert Archer outlaws. (*3*) the devs say.

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As for the hefty batch of Inca gameplay updates, there are adjustments throughout the civilization’s early economic system, navy models, infantry (Chimu Runners and their manoeuvres), age-up council members, and residence metropolis playing cards. For instance, Incas’ beginning sources have been adjusted to imply much less meals, however extra wooden and villagers. The Chimu Runner is now slowed down by enemies’ melee assaults, so will be ‘snared’, however in flip they will now sluggish enemies with their very own melee assaults. There are far too many to checklist right here, although, so head over the patch notes right here for the total rundown, which additionally consists of broader civ stability adjustments, gameplay updates, and extra.

If you’re but to play the game, you may need to try our Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition overview when you’d prefer to get a flavour of the way it performs.