Age of Empires II has been re-imagined in high definition with new features, trading cards, improved AI, workshop support, multiplayer, Steamworks integration and more!
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Very Positive (508) - 93% of the 508 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (31,432) - 93% of the 31,432 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Apr 9, 2013
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September 14

Patch Notes - 5.5 (Live)

Patch 5.5 has now cleared Open Beta and been promoted to Live!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this long Open Beta and we are thrilled to bring these desync improvements and balance changes to the full community! As always, your feedback has been valuable and your assistance playing multiplayer games has ensured that our desync rates have improved.

The new discussion thread can be found here and we look forward to hearing from you and collecting your feedback!

The following items have been addressed in this 5.5 Live update:

Stability and Performance Improvements:
  • Performance optimizations should increase frame rates up to 15%
  • Researching spies during treaty should no longer causes a desync
  • Extremely long games should no longer desync due to high turn counts
  • Quitting via ALT+F4 should no longer cause a desync
  • Resigning but staying in game no longer desyncs after remaining players save/load
  • The desync message should no longer appear over the post game screen

Community Focused Bug Fixes:
  • Hosts are able to set a password for their lobby
  • Audio for notifications should no longer overlap and cause a loud noise
  • Audio for garrisoning / un-garrisoning should no longer overlap
  • Lobby civ pools should now be consistent for each host player
  • Lobby civ pools should now display the conquerors civilizations correctly
  • Lobby maps should now display random special and real world at the top of the list
  • Lobby maps no longer displays random special twice in the list
  • Lobby maps now select DLC3 Random Real World maps correctly when appropriate
  • The password checkbox should now remain when changing datasets
  • Navigating through aoe.net should now correctly prompt the password popup (when needed)

Balance Improvements:
  • Magyars no longer need to build a blacksmith to receive free blacksmith upgrades
  • Magyars now receive Siege Engineers
  • Magyar Scout Cavalry, Light Cavalry and Hussar cost -15% (up from -10%)
  • Magyars Recurve Bow now adds +1 attack and +1 range (up from +1 range)
  • Indians no longer have the Arbalest upgrade
  • Malay Karambit Warrior have +1 attack
  • Fire ships have -1 pierce armor
  • Fast Fire ships have -1 pierce armor
  • Viking warship discount changed to -15%, -15%, -20% (up from -10%, -15%, -20%)
  • Italians fishing ships now cost -15 wood (down from -25 wood)
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June 30

Patch Notes - 5.5 (Open Beta)

Patch 5.5 is ready for Open Beta! Thank you for your ongoing support and participation as it is fundamental in ensuring that builds are stable and ready for Live release.

In this Open Beta we have implemented password protected lobbies, improved performance and addressed some additional community issues. We are looking forward to hearing from you and we will continue to monitor the forums for your feedback. Here is the new Open Beta discussion thread.

Below are the issues that have been addressed in this 5.5 Open Beta:

Stability and Performance Improvements:
  • Performance optimizations should increase frame rates up to 15%
  • Researching spies during treaty should no longer causes a desync

Community Focused Bug Fixes:
  • Hosts are able to set a password for their lobby
  • Audio for notifications should no longer overlap and cause a loud noise
  • Audio for garrisoning / un-garrisoning should no longer overlap
  • Lobby civ pools should now be consistent for each host player
  • Lobby civ pools should now display the conquerors civilizations correctly
  • Lobby maps should now display random special and real world at the top of the list
  • Lobby maps no longer displays random special twice in the list
  • Lobby maps now selects DLC3 Random Real World maps correctly when appropriate
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About This Game

In Age of Empires II: HD Edition, fans of the original game and new players alike will fall in love with the classic Age of Empires II experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both Age of Kings and The Conquerors expansion, choose from 18 civilizations spanning over a thousand years of history, and head online to challenge other Steam players in your quest for world domination throughout the ages. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios and re-imagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Skybox Labs, and Forgotten Empires, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista, 7, 8 Pro+
    • Processor:1.2GHZ CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct X 9.0c Capable GPU
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Additional:900x600 minimum display resolution
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