The term Age describes the periods of player civilization advancement in the Age of Empires games. Advancement to an Age opens up new units and technologies for each civilization. The first Age of Empires and Age of Empires II feature four Ages each, while Age of Empires III and Age of Mythology (introduced in The Titans expansion) feature an extra fifth. In Age of Empires III, the final Age can only be reached in a Supremacy type game.
In all three main Age of Empires games, including each expansion, the player is able to choose which Age to start from at the beginning of a game (including the Post-Imperial Age in Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III).
List of Ages
The following list shows all Ages that are available in every game throughout the Age of Empires series.
Age of Empires
The first title of the series takes place during Antiquity, between 10,000 BC and 400 AD.
Age of Empires II
Age of Empires II takes place between the beginning of the Middle Ages in 476 and ends in the beginning of the Early Modern Age, c.1500.
Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology is not based on real history. However, the civilizations, technologies, and units seem to take place during Antiquity.
Age of Empires III
Age of Empires III takes place during the Early Modern Age, between 1500 and 1850.
- Exploration Age (Discovery Age prior to the Definitive Edition)
- Commerce Age (Colonial Age prior to the Definitive Edition)
- Fortress Age
- Industrial Age
- Imperial Age
Age of Empires Online
Age of Empires Online returns to the Antiquity of Age of Empires and Age of Mythology, but in a more casual way.
Age of Empires IV
Age of Empires IV returns to the Middle Ages of Age of Empires II in a new way.