Age of Empires 4 Crossplay & invite friends to play together

The long-awaited strategy game Age of Empires 4 has finally been released for PC and has loads of modes for single and multiplayer in its luggage. But does the strategy game also offer crossplay features? And how can you actually invite friends? We'll provide you with the answers in this guide.

Age of Empires 4 Crossplay & invite friends to play together


Age of Empires 4: Crossplay possible?

Age of Empires 4 has been released exclusively for PC and is available on two different distribution : platforms on Steam and in the Microsoftstore . If you own the strategy game for one of the two clients while a friend is playing it on the other, the question naturally arises whether it is still possible for you to experience Age of Empires 4 together. Good news: Yes, crossplay is not only possible, it is activated by default. 

Steam also answers this question on its own website . This is where the strategy game is called "cross-platform multiplayer", and this is already available at launch. So you don't have to wait for an update to play with a friend who has downloaded Age of Empires 4 from another client. 

How to invite friends 

To invite a friend , click in the main menu of Age of Empires 4 on the circular icon with the human silhouette at the bottom of the screen. "Friend requests", "Friends online" and "Friends offline" are displayed here. If the player you are looking for cannot be found, you can press the "Add" button in the Friends tab and then enter their profile name.

If you also want to see your Xbox Live or Steam friends , you have to go back to the main menu and click on your profile portrait at the bottom left of the screen. In the new window you can click on "Link Xbox Live Profile" or "Link Steam Profile" below. Then just follow the instructions.

Alternatively, you can simply open a multiplayer game and let your friend join . To do this, click on "Multiplayer", select the "Individual" tab and then press the "Create game" button. Now you can either invite a player or switch the game to public using the lock symbol so that other players can join you. 

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