Try to break ‘Age of Empires IV’ in its open stress test this weekend

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Also stress-testing multiplayer, it will also be possible to play against AI

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upcoming strategy game Age of Empires IV Will open the doors to history with a public ‘technical stress test’ planned for this weekend.

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As in game’s. Announced in a post on official blogThe test will run through Friday, September 17 (starting at 10 a.m. PT/6 a.m. BST) until Monday, September 20 (10 a.m. PT/6 a.m. BST). Unlike previous beta tests, anyone will be able to participate, and no invitation is required.

A stress test differs from a beta window in that it is designed to see how the game and its servers will hold up at scale, with potentially thousands of players active simultaneously. Publisher Xbox Game Studios says it is “interested in getting as many people as possible to engage in technical stress testing … to make sure our matchmaking, lobbies and additional systems are robust.”


Accordingly, the most attention will be on Age of Empires IV’s The multiplayer aspect, measuring how many real players the game handles. However, Microsoft notes that players will have the opportunity to “play against AI through a multiplayer custom lobby”.

Mission Zero, which serves as the game’s single tutorial, will also be available, although the developers “encourage you to play against other people who participate” as “the more data we collect from the different matches on different servers”. The more action our development team will be able to take to prepare our systems for the big day.”

There will be four playable civilizations to experiment with over the stress test weekend – English, Chinese, Holy Roman Empire and Abbasid Dynasty – and five different maps.

Interested players will be able to access the stress test via the Xbox Insider Hub app on PC, where the appropriate build will be downloadable. Age of Empires IV Preview tab. Alternatively, it is possible to request access through the game steam page Now.

Age of Empires IV It is set to launch on PC on October 28th, and will be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC on day one.


In other news, development kits for the upcoming Steam Deck handheld are now on their way to developers, with maker Valve hoping to ensure compatibility ahead of the December hardware launch.

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