Age of Empires 3: The Definitive Edition will be released on May 2, with two new civilisations, Italy and Malta, as well as two new game modes (thanks Eurogamer).
According to the game''s website, the Italians are "Fabulously wealthy merchant republics, kingdoms, duchies, and even the Papacy had driven the Renaissance and dominated the Mediterranean trade networks. However, when the Italian polities were not engaged in conflicts abroad, they fought each other nearly incessantly, until the Risorgimento gave birth to the new Kingdom of Italy."
The Basilica will help nearby building speed and access to Papal Guards, Schiavoni, Papal Lancers, and the Papal Zouaves. The Lombard will also allow you to train Outlaws and Mercenaries, and also allows for access to a unique investment mechanic, which allows for free conversion of resources.
"One of the Mediterraneans'' melting pot, Malta was strategically and financially vital, and thus most of the surrounding powers coveted it, becoming a stronghold of the Knights Hospitaller."
The Commandery can train powerful European allies who are loyal to the Knights of Saint John. It also has a unique garrison system which allows units to be deployed from any other Commandery. The Depot reduces the attack force of all nearby gunpowder units, but it will explode when destroyed, causing damage to the surrounding units.
The Fixed Gun is exactly that, a massive cannon that is built in defensive positions. As for Grand Master Jean Parisot, Malta''s 49th Grand Master, he cannot die and can be rescued if he falls unconscious.
The Diplomacy and Tycoon game modes are new to the series and focus on building relationships and improving the economy rather than building armies and decimating your opponents. They appear to be the perfect additions for those who prefer to skip the game during an all-out battle.