Old-school Age of Empires fans probably don’t need to do a lot of convincing to check out the highly-rated Age of Empires 4, the first main game in the series in over 15 years. That won’t stop us from enjoying the game’s glorious launch promotion though, which sees the world’s strongest man and Game of Thrones actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson take on a trebuchet to toss things really far.
At the launch event, fans voted on which items to launch from the 6-foot trebuchet that the Xbox team had set up at the historic Berkeley Castle in the UK. The team then asked Björnsson, who is known for playing The Mountain on HBO’s Game of Thrones series, to compete on the trebuchet’s throws. Items thrown included a basketball, an old CRT monitor, a stuffed sheep, an exercise ball, and a life-size human doll in armor.
The trebuchet appears in the Age of Empires franchise as one of the most powerful siege weapons that can destroy stone walls and buildings with ease – when placed in the right position and adequately protected. Even the humble Trebuchet has grown in recent years thanks to the spread of. regained popularity trebuchet meme over the internet.
Players can build their own trebuchets – or use a priest to get one on their side – when Age of Empires 4 hits PC on October 28th.
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