Over this past weekend, Microsoft announced that they have delayed the final release for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition until 2018. The PC exclusive title was originally set to release later this week, on the 19th of October, however, now, despite the Windows Store page's placeholder release date stating the 31st of December, 217, players will have to wait until an as yet unspecified time, with the target being early 2018.
In a statement on the official Age of Empires website, the AoE:DE team stated that they "had many debates over the extent of restoration that [they] should undertake", which has apparently resulted in their requiring additional time to implement their alterations.
The plus side to this is that rather than having to spend money up front, between now and launch, they will be inviting thousands of players to participate in the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Closed Beta. This, they say, will allow "for more in-depth testing across single player campaign, multiplayer balance, fine-tuning the lobby, etc." while also "actively engaging with everyone participating in the closed beta to gather additional feedback, set up multiplayer sessions, and ensure that the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition that we are delivering is the Definitive Edition that you want."
For a chance to join the Closed Multiplayer Beta, you can head over to the sign-up page now.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will release to PC via the Windows Store in 2018. No official date has been announced.