Steam remains a player in the age of the Windows Store

Age of Empires 2 HD edition announced, will Rome onto Steam next month

Microsoft has announced Age of Empires 2 HD Edition, a re-release of the historic RTS exclusively for Steam.

The new version is due to launch worldwide on 9th April.

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Microsoft is going to be releasing a remastered Age of Empires 2 exclusively for Windows through Valve’s Steam distribution platform. For all of Gabe Newell’s recent pandering that Microsoft is moving in the wrong direction with Windows 8, Microsoft has not decided to make the upcoming re-release exclusive to the Windows Store on Windows 8. In fact, the company has even opted to replace their own Games for Windows technology with Steamworks integration.