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Age of Empires 4: Jeanne d’Arc Variant Civilization details revealed

A faction based around a hero unit
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Relic and World’s Edge are introducing the brand-new Variant Civilization feature with the Age of Empires 4: The Sultans Ascend expansion. They already have explained the design philosophies behind that decision when announcing the name changes to two Variant Civilizations included in the upcoming release, but their ambitions become even clearer when looking at the details of the Jeanne d’Arc Variant Civilization.

These factions aren’t just about mixing up the theme of existing civilizations – they bring entirely different RTS philosophies and play styles into the equation. From what we now know about the French-based Variant Civilization, Jeanne d’Arc is basically an attempt to bring a big WarCraft 3 element into Age of Empires 4: a hero unit.

Age of Empires 4 artwork showing Jeanne d'Arc.

Jeanne d’Arc herself is the cornerstone of the Variant Civilization named after her.

Jeanne herself will be the key figure in her faction. She’s represented as a powerful unit on the battlefield and comes with abilities that deal damage, heal allies, and inspire both villagers and troops to greater deeds.

Age of Empires 4 Jeanne d'Arc Level 1.
Age of Empires 4 Jeanne d'Arc Level 2.
Age of Empires 4 Jeanne d'Arc Level 3.
Age of Empires 4 Jeanne d'Arc Level 4.

This is a truly unique concept for a faction in Age of Empires 4, as no other civilizations have ever had their age progression connected to a single character leveling up.

The Sultans Ascend looks more and more interesting by the minute and will be released on November 14, 2023, for PC and Xbox Series X|S.