Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was originally set to launch last month, however it was delayed at the last minute and pushed to sometime in 2018. It appears that some customers were mistakenly charged their pre-order of the game, and Microsoft has announced that those people will be refunded. A blog update goes on to cite a few more gifts that some customers will receive due to this error.
- Pre-orders have been refunded . Some pre-order customers were mistakenly charged ahead of schedule. If you were charged for your pre-order, you should have received a refund. We will also send an email within the next week or so containing further details. Note that pre-orders were canceled as part of the refund process. To renew your pre-order, click here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9N2KMDVLK85D
- Refunded Preorders will receive a complimentary game. In order to make things right for those who were charged, all users who receive a refund will also get a free code for Rise of Nations: Extended Edition for Windows 10! Look for an email with more information within the next week.
- All pre-order customers will be invited to the beta! No more waiting! Everyone who pre-orders Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will receive an invitation to the closed beta, letting you give valuable feedback on the final stages of development. This applies to all pre-order customers going forward, as well as any refunded customers who confirm their pre-orders. Note that to join the beta itself you’ll also need to complete the program prerequisites by signing up here.
If you wish to pre-order Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, you can do so here for $19.99. It has a placeholder date listed as December 31, 2018. While you’ll still need to wait a little longer to get your hands on it, the Age of Empires team is working hard to make it the best experience possible.