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A closed beta announcement text placed over a backdrop of Age of Mythology Retold key art. Text reads Closed Beta available July 12-14.
 
Key art from Age of Mythology: Retold depicts redesigned major and minor deities bursting into reality in dazzling flashes of blue, violet, and gold, with two columns in the foreground. Characters shown clockwise from the top center: Zeus, Poseidon, Gaia, Athena, Set, Isis, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Ra. Arkantos stands on the ground in the center.


We are excited to announce a closed beta later this week for all players who have pre-ordered Age of Mythology: Retold Premium Edition. Experience the newest iteration of Age of Mythology and let us hear any feedback you might have too! Can’t join us for the closed beta this weekend? Keep an eye out for more news on a future Stress Test that will be accessible to all Steam players for a limited time, without the need for a pre-order.

Haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Age of Mythology: Retold? It’s not too late to join the fun!

If you pre-order the Premium Edition anytime, you’ll be eligible for the beta – even if it has already started!

When:

The official Age of Mythology: Retold Closed Beta will run from Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14th.

  • Starts: Friday, July 12th at 10:00 AM PT (17:00 UTC)
  • Ends: Sunday, July 14th at 11:59 PM PT (6:59 UTC)
What:

During the closed beta, Age of Mythology: Retold Premium Edition owners will be able to:

  • Brush up on the basics by playing the Tutorial and continue to grow your skills and experience the main campaign with the first 5 missions for the Fall of the Trident campaign.
  • Test your skills in Skirmish or Multiplayer matches in our Standard Map Pool which gives a wide variety of the maps intended for release (MP limited to 8 players for the closed beta).
  • Try out three of the four Pantheons, including Greek, Norse, and Egyptian. Call upon a host of mythological creatures and godly powers to dominate your enemies.
Why:

Our community is important to us, as is player feedback. At this stage of development, we’re interested in getting Age of Mythology: Retold into the hands of the player to:

  • Fine-tune our existing systems, World’s Edge and our development partners are counting on you to play as many matches as you’re able to while trying out the various game features available during the beta!
  • Arm our development team with impactful bugs or balance feedback. Balance is ongoing, so the unit balance you see during the closed beta isn’t necessarily reflective of what you’ll see when the game launches or as the meta evolves.
  • Share your ideas on how to best grow Age of Mythology: Retold post-launch. While our primary focus during closed beta is to ensure stability and lend overall polish to the game by conquering impactful bugs, we’re also eager to hear your thoughts. The Age of Mythology: Retold team is dedicated to continually improving and growing the game while making sure it stays true to the roots of the Age of Mythology you know and love. As a beta participant, you help guide our vision.
How:

The beta will be available to anyone who has pre-ordered the Premium Edition of Age of Mythology: Retold on Steam, Microsoft Store, and Xbox Series X/S.

  • Age Insider membership will not be required for participation.
  • The beta will not be under NDA, so feel free to capture, stream, and record your gameplay.
  • The beta is available for players who decide to pre-order the Premium Edition even after the beta has started.
Beta known issues:
  • Not all localization is present for supported game languages.
  • Cross-network play between Microsoft Store and Steam may or may not function fully.
  • Microsoft Store / Xbox out of game invites may be grayed out, but the in-game invite system should still function in that case.


Will You Become Mythic? Pre-Order Now!

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Stay tuned for more news about an upcoming Stress Test, open to all Steam players for a limited time window each day, designed to fully load out and test our servers.

Remember, Age of Mythology: Retold launches on September 4th. Play up to 7 days early with Advance Access with the Premium Edition.

Please note the beta will not be the final version of Age of Mythology: Retold.