Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition received its first major update last week along with a DLC pack that introduces the United States as a new civilization.
In Age of Empires III, the United States is a highly diverse civilization with a wide range of tools to choose and create individual strategies, ensuring that no match is ever the same. Their specific units, technologies, and Home City cards allow for various playstyles. Federal Cards enable players in the United States to adapt and develop their deck depending on the flow of the match.
The United States has the following features:
- The US can levy Minutemen at regular intervals.
- The US General can plant an Inspiring Flag. Nearby military units and buildings inflict more damage and are trained/constructed faster.
- The US General can construct Forts instead of Town Centers.
Adding new states
Rather than electing officials or council members to lead the country from one age to the next, the United States progresses by admitting a new state to the union! Each state will provide the player with unique, historically significant benefits that will play an essential role in the game’s outcome.
- Each state adds two extra cards to your deck.
- Upon reaching the Imperial Age, states will have added eight additional cards to a player’s deck.
- To balance and accommodate for these extra cards, the civilization’s initial deck is smaller.
- In total, the United States can have up to 30 cards at its disposal by the Imperial Age.
Cowboys, Gatling guns, and more
As we have seen since the beginning of Age of Empires, every civilization has its unique elements. They have their own buildings and units. Newly introduced in the Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is home city customizations.
The United States civilization has its unique buildings based in the colonial period of the country and unique units like Cowboy, Gunslinger, Carbine Cavalry, Ironclad, Gatling Gun, and many more. Meanwhile, the Home City is, of course, Washington D.C. It enjoys several new customizations as you play and level up with the civilization.
How to get the DLC
For a limited time, you can unlock the new United States civilization for free. All you have to do is complete 50 in-game challenges—each representing a state in the union and ordered by the date they joined the United States. If you want to play with the United States civilization right away, you can directly purchase the DLC from the Microsoft Store and Steam.