Age of Empires and cheats go hand in hand. The RTS series has always had dozens of hidden cheat codes that perform myriad functions. Some give you stockpiles of food, wood, stone, or gold and others reveal the map or kill all your opponents in one fell swoop. Lumberjack, Cheese Steak Jimmy’s, and Rock On are seared into the memories of every Age fan for better or worse.
These secret console commands baked into each game can give you the upper hand in both skirmishes and campaigns alike, though they can’t be used in multiplayer matches, which is only fair since they unbalance the meta.
Cheats have appeared in every entry since the first game launched in 1997 from Ensemble Studios. Alongside map and scenario editors, commands have given players considerable control over how games play out for more than 20 years.
Since Age of Empires 4 recently launched on PC through Steam and Game Pass, you may be wondering if there are cheats or codes in AoE 4?
No, there aren’t any cheats or cheat codes in Age of Empires 4. You can’t stockpile resources or remove the fog of war with a few keystrokes. Not yet, anyway. While it’s a bit of a bummer that cheats aren’t available at launch considering how integral they are to the Age experience, it appears that they may be on the horizon.
Age of Empires Creative Director Adam Isgreen has said that AoE 4 would launch without cheat codes. However, he continued by teasing that the development team already has a list of commands in mind that may be added in the future through a patch or update.
Cheats are coming post-launch as well, since that’s kind of a classic Age thing. And we haven’t talked about that before, so there you go.
Unfortunately, Isgreen didn’t shed any light on what those codes may be; it’s a sure bet we can expect resources and units to be high on the list, but nothing’s been confirmed. So far, there hasn’t been any new info on the addition of console commands.
He also didn’t share a timeframe for when such an update or patch would possibly arrive. Taking into consideration the history between Age of Empires and cheats, though, it’s likely something will be released sooner rather than later. We’ll just have to wait patiently to see when and what that is.
When cheats and codes are added to the latest entry of the popular RTS franchise, we’ll update this article to include a list of all Age of Empire 4 cheats and console commands so you have them in one place. Until then, consider heading over to our AoE4 guides hub for more tips and tricks.