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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Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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November 5, 2015

Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms Released!

The brand new expansion for Age of Empires II HD, The African Kingdoms, is out now! It comes with 4 new civilizations (Berbers, Malians, Ethiopians, and Portuguese), 4 new campaigns, several new generic units and technology, Sudden Death game mode, and more.
For more information, visit the Store page and check out our notes on patch 4.4.

AGE2: Patch: Version 4.4

Discussion thread

We are excited to announce some of the changes coming with the release of the African Kingdoms expansion. Learn more about them below.

African Kingdoms Expansion:
  • The new expansion has been fully integrated into the game.
  • The unified lobby has been expanded to support the new game options.
  • Non-purchased campaigns/datasets are visible and link to Steam for purchase.
  • New civilizations have been added to the multiplayer rotating civilization pool.
  • New civilizations have been added to the History page.

  • Campaign icons have been integrated throughout the game to show what expansion various options and items come from.
    • The red helmet represents Age of Kings.
    • The blue helmet represents The Conquerors.
    • The green helmet represents The Forgotten.
    • The yellow mask represents The African Kingdoms.
  • Dataset icons have been integrated throughout the game to show what dataset is needed.
    • The single star represents the Original Game content.
    • The multi star represents the Expansion content.
  • Various icon transparency issues have been fixed.

Game Setup:
  • Lobby Browser Reset button now correctly resets Dataset back to Any.
  • Selecting Spectator in the Lobby no longer locks out player colors.
  • Selecting Custom AI now loads correctly.
  • Tech Tree unit range is now correctly shown in the help text popup.
  • Tech Tree Imperial Camel unit now correctly shows for the Indians.
  • Tech Tree Dock units now correctly line up with their upgrades.
  • Loading screens now display game setup information.


  • Hot keys have been updated to include new units and Palisade Gates.
  • Hot keys should now be showing up correctly and not as question marks.
  • Hot keys should now be saving correctly when changed.
  • Music/Master volumes no longer alter your PCs mixer setting.
  • Full Screen Desktop option now updates correctly when selected.
  • Record Campaign Games is now an option.

  • DLC options are now selectable when creating a scenario.
  • Units, triggers and terrain filter appropriately based on DLC options.
  • Testing a scenario no longer records a replay.
  • Scenario Details have been added to the Save Scenario Screen.
  • Campaign Editor Screen has been updated with UI improvements.
  • Campaign Editor now correctly displays the scenarios within a Campaign.

  • Many missing strings have been added across all languages.
  • Various cut off issues have been fixed by shortening strings or increasing the text field.
  • Some grammar, spelling and formatting issues have been fixed.

  • In game Help text should now be displayed correctly for all units.
  • In game modded taunts are now correctly displayed in the chat window.
  • In game Diplomacy help cursor now functions correctly.
  • In game the Chinese civilization now correctly starts with 6 villagers.
  • Completing a Campaign scenario now correctly returns to the Scenario Selection screen.
  • Restarting a Replay now functions correctly.
  • Deleting a Saved Game or Replay no longer selects the top entry.
  • Game Details have been added to the Load Saved Game Screen.
  • Game Launcher should now function correctly for Windows 10.
  • Script error reporting for RMS has been improved.
  • 1000 win achievements have been removed.
  • Pre-order achievement has been expanded to include early adopting so purchasing either expansion with in the first few weeks of launch grants the achievement.

Balance Improvements:
  • Franks:
    • Knights +20% HP changed to Cavalry +20% HP.
    • (Elite) Throwing Axeman +0.1 speed.
  • Huns:
    • Cavalry Archers cost -10% Castle Age/-20% Imperial Age (instead of -25%/-30%).
    • Marauders cost changed from 500f/200g to 300w/200g.
  • Incas:
    • Couriers now gives +1/+2 armor instead of +10% movement speed.
    • Receive Keep.
    • Receive Guilds.
    • Receive Block Printing.
    • Receive Thumb Ring.
    • Slingers no longer require castle.
  • Indians:
    • Villagers cost -10% Dark, -15% Feudal, -20% Castle, -25% Imperial Age (5% extra per age).
    • Receive Guilds.
    • Receive Ring Archer Armor.
    • Elephant Archer +30 HP.
    • Elite Elephant Archer -20 HP.
    • (Elite) Elephant Archer -1 pierce armor.
    • (Elite) Elephant Archer -10 food (now costs 100 food, 80 gold).
  • Italians:
    • Condottiero no longer require castle.
    • Condottiero +1 attack, +0.2 speed.
    • Receive Hussars.
    • Pavise now affects all Foot Archers (instead of just Genoese Crossbowmen).
    • Pavise cost changed from 550f/300g to 300f/150g.
    • Advancing to the next age 15% cheaper (instead of 10%).
  • Japanese:
    • Yasama cost changed from 400w/300f to 300w/300f.
  • Koreans:
    • Turtle ship no longer requires Castle.
    • Panokseon cost changed from 400w/400f to 300w/300f.
  • Mayans:
    • Obsidian Arrows now do +6 damage instead of +4.
    • Resources lasting longer reduced from 20% to 15%.
  • Slavs:
    • Farming rate fixed to 1.31 rather than 1.18. Actual farming rate is now at +15% (+15% after wheelbarrow, +5% after handcart).
  • Spanish:
    • Missionaries no longer require castle.
    • Inquisition cost changed from 400f/400g to 300g/100f.
  • Teutons:
    • Ironclad cost changed from 500w/350g to 400w/350g.
  • Vikings:
    • Longboats no longer require castle.
    • Longboat cost restored to 100w, 50g (original AoC cost).
    • Chieftains cost changed from 700f/400g to 400f/300g and effect +1 bonus attack.
  • Overall:
    • Eagle warrior upgrade cost changed from 300f/200g to 200f/200g.
    • Eagle warrior speed from 1.1 to 1.2 (Eagle Scout is 1.1, Elite Eagle Warrior is 1.3).
    • Eagle Scout available from the Feudal Age.
    • Fire Galleys and Demolition rafts newly added to the Feudal Age.
    • Siege Towers newly added to the Castle Age.
    • Banking and Coinage research time increased from 50s to 70s.
    • Banking cost increased from 200f/100g to 300f/200g.
    • Coinage cost increased from 150f/50g to 200f/100g.
    • Cavalry Archer cost reduced to 40w/60g.
    • Trade Cogs carry +30% more per trip.
    • Transport ships can carry herdable animals.
    • Fire ships +1 armor/+1 ship armor.
    • Fast Fire ships +1 armor/+2 ship armor.
    • Scorpion projectile size increased (fixes their lack of pass-through damage).
    • Camels are no longer classified as ships.

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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, and Skybox Labs, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!

System Requirements

    • 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
    • Additional:900x600 minimum display resolution
Helpful customer reviews
334 of 368 people (91%) found this review helpful
477 people found this review funny
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015

A rabbi, a bishop, and an Age of Empires priest walk into a tavern.
They were having a conversation about who’s religion is better.

“Judaism is the one true path!” said the rabbi.
“The people should be Christian!” said the bishop.
“Wololo” said the Age of Empires priest.

Both agreed Age of Empires priest had the best religion.
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139 of 160 people (87%) found this review helpful
190 people found this review funny
145.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
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Violets are blue.
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73 of 76 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
343.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
Age of Empires 2 is in my opinion the best game ever made. It's a timeless classic that is still just as enjoyable today as the day it came out. In my opinion it is the best RTS game of all time and for that to still be true 10 years later, it is certianly worth full price.

However, this is the HD version so it is slightly different. Graphics are practically the same - which is ok for such a timeless game. However it doesn't quite live up to it's HD title. However, I came back for the game - not for anything new.

This HD version HDifys the gameplay rather than the graphics. It adds a new map size and increases the highest pop cap to 500 - allowing for much better games if your PC can handle it. The new map size hurts the PC more than the pop cap though and I've played 500 pop games on a laptop on the old standard map size. I don't recommend doing that with more than one player though. Nonetheless, huge armies are very fun to play with and add that little thing that we probably would've modded in. However - if this is what sold you then make sure you have a decent PC for it because it gets unbearably laggy on certian systems.

Another update is the new AI which they patched in at some point. As a man who prefers to do single player, this new AI added a proper challenge to the old game when I played all the time during my childhood. I used to be able to take on 6 other AIs on the hardest difficulty all on the same team. Now I struggle against them on equal footing. However, you do have the option of playing against the original AI if you want. Even a mix if you really want. The only problem I've found with it is that it will focus on water whenever there's a significant amount of water on the map. This can be good at times but when they attempt a galley rush on highland and you walk right around them it's limitations can be quite apparent.

One big flaw is it's multiplayer. They've removed the LAN function for some reason. Despite this I still play this at LAN parties but we play through the online mode. A little bit annoying. Another thing is the lag. There's a noticable lag between when you click somthing and when it notices. This did cause problems but they are working on patching these problems out. The lag still exists but I'm no longer having the problem of me putting many houses in a line and it registering the house I accidently placed rather than the ones I wanted. However, I have played an entire game which was full of unbearable lag. However, it has multiplayer (the original's doesn't work anymore) and it actually lets you try the new civillisations from the expansion packs in it.

Overall, this is still the Age of Empires 2 that I loved all my life. It didn't need updating but they gave it a go and basically refreshed the experience a bit by letting me play on larger maps and with larger populations. Still the same game and therefor worth full price in my opinion. I'd personally say that the fact that the game is still being updated and you've got expansion packs if you want more, it's somthing you should get. Even if you've never played it you should try this game as it is the best game of all time in my opinion.
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Instead of writing a review, let me tell you a story. I recently had an online 3v3 match where I had to fight the Japanese, British, and the Spanish. Early on, my friend got attacked by the Spanish which left his empire severely crippled. He sent some villagers to settle next to my empire so we could attack together. Around the beginning of the second hour, we kept getting attacked by the Japanese, so we assembled large armies to push through. Soon enough, my navy and our armies destroyed the Japanese. We both settled in the area because the Japanese left a lot of resources around. Resources were scarce around midgame, so we set up small strike forces to chip away at the British empire. Soon enough, we lead an ambush on the British, attacking their buildings and razing their farmlands. We killed their army and destroyed their most important buildings, eventually causing them to surrender. Our last enemy were the Spanish. Led by Queen Isabella, she had armies of monks and conquistadors. We kept getting our asses destroyed by her forces, almost leading us to surrender. She had controlled most of the land, which would prove to be a challenge to us. It took us about 2 hours to destroy her navy and kill her conquistadors and monks. Soon enough, she surrendered, as we just toppled the largest empire on the continent and brought it to its knees. We won the match when the clock struck 5 hours.
God I love this game.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Only a few weekend chores, a Packard Bell, buttery crumpets and AoEII. I never had it so good as a kid. A true trip down memory lane makes makes it worth it's full price alone and is a steal at sale price. As an '80's kid this series had become the premier RTS for me- Total Annihilation aside- and despite it's now aged look, abundance of micro managment and somewhat limited unit roster it'll keep you hooked game after game especially for returning fans. Those who are new to the older titles well it'll be an education. But one you'll ultimately enjoy.
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