Age of Empires Definitive Edition is set for release on February 20, but so far it is only coming out for the Windows Store and no other gaming platform, including Steam. Upon first hearing that news, I didn’t believe that I would ever bother getting the game; having Steam, Origin, Uplay, BattleNet along with GoG Galaxy already installed on my computer, I feel like I am having at least four platforms too much. I don’t feel like bothering with yet another one from Windows, even if it has the legendary Age of Empires as definitive edition to offer. Same could apply to Age of Empires 4.
The reason for this is, as the head of production for global publishing Jörg Neumann, is “kind of” Valve’s fault. The claim made in this interview for the German Gamestare.de is that if they allow the game to be published on Steam as well, they would be “splitting their gaming audience”. Essentially, if you buy the game via Windows Store and your fiend buys it through Steam, you won’t be able to play with each other. Neumann also hints that the fault for that lies mostly with Valve people.
Why not let people choose where to buy their games from, dear Sir? Honestly, I can’t believe that more than one in ten would buy it from Windows Store.
But at the end of the interview Mr. Neumann makes a full U-turn and “promises” the “game could also be offered on Steam” should Microsoft and Valve not come to an agreement.
A confusing, extremely vague statement worthy of a top rate politician, indeed.