Historical real-time strategy game Age of Empires IV will get a major patch next week, and it’ll be adding some of the features fans have been clamoring for the most since its release date earlier this month. In addition to the updates teased in the roadmap published last week, we’ll be seeing improvements to the mini-map and some new options for during and after matches.
As you might expect, the Age 4 Winter Update will be making some balance changes to the RTS game. The French Hulk ship will be brought down a couple notches to keep it from dominating naval warfare. Cavalry will be more vulnerable to crossbowmen (both standard and elite) and spearmen. The devs have also fixed the Holy Roman Empire’s prelate so that it can continue to inspire nearby units even after being pushed a bit. The Mongols are getting an adjustment to the ‘superior mobility’ trait so that the speed modifier “is appropriately applied” from now on.
The developers are also adding some requested UI features, such as placing the Chinese Dynasty button in a less prominent location down in the lower left corner of the screen. You’ll also have the option to enable an in-game score screen – the devs say this can impact the say people play, and so it’ll be an option you can enable or disable prior to each match.