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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February 16

Open Beta 5.2a – Additional Improvements

Thank you for your ongoing feedback and support!

Feedback from 5.2 has been positive so far and we have identified an additional area for optimization based on the community’s observations around late game performance. We have included this improvement, along with a few bug fixes, into this small update. So far our internal testing has shown improvement but we look forward to hearing what you think before we transition this build to the live branch!

As we look to the future of Age2 we wanted to provide a brief overview of what we have in store. Moving forward we will continue the Open Beta Program and give you, the community, an opportunity to provide feedback on a regular basis. We want to maintain focus on community issues and additional bug fixes. In patch 5.3 we will be tackling a variety of campaign issues, addressing bugs from previous expansions as well as custom campaigns. Currently we expect our future patches to focus on the following: patch 5.4 will focus on custom scenario bugs; patch 5.5 will look into ongoing AI improvements; and patch 5.6 will look at the multiplayer lobby issues. Based on your ongoing feedback we will continue to make adjustments as we monitor the forums.

Again, thank you for your support as we work together and keep moving forward!

Improvements:
  • Additional network speed improvements (best case is 17% faster)
  • In game ping/lag/turtle icons have been updated to appear in the correct situations:
    • Yellow ping circle appears for players above 200ms ping.
    • Red ping circle appears for players above 400ms ping. Used to be 700ms.
    • Turtle icon shows up for each player that cannot maintain 90% of the simulation frame rate. Previously only showed up for the slowest player.
  • Villagers should no longer stop and attack wolves (ordering a move command will now take priority so users can move villagers if desired)
  • Additional AI improvements when pathing around walls and gates

Discussion thread is here.

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February 3

Patch 5.2 (Open Beta)

Patch Notes – Open Beta 5.2
Thank you for your ongoing feedback and support!

This open beta has significant improvements to the network speed system. Our testing has shown a noticeable improvement on faster connections and we encourage everyone to take a look at this build and let us know what you think!

We have also included some bug fixes and balance improvements based on your feedback. Moving forward we will continue to monitor the forums and work towards addressing the issues that are important to you.

We are looking forward to hearing what you think!

Improved Network Speeds:
  • Removed the added network delay on game start
  • Lowered the minimum command delay to allow max performance on faster machines
  • Improved the throttling system to allow for faster network speeds (where applicable).

Community Focused Fixes:
  • Saving during a game should no longer cause a desync when watching the replay
  • Full Random should no longer select maps the player does not own
  • Rise of Rajas main menu music should now randomly be selected
  • Player units should no longer get stuck in forests or be able to pass through walls
  • AI should attack correctly and no longer freeze during a game
  • AI improvements when sn-enable-patrol-attack set to 1:
    • Soldiers should no longer get stuck in animation loops
    • Soldiers should now attack the wonder correctly
    • Villagers should now respond to weak units attacking
    • Villagers should now attack towers correctly inside town-size

Additional Bug Fixes:
  • Spectators should no longer crash when opening the tech tree in the game lobby
  • AI Huns housing bonus should now function correctly with the original dataset
  • Le Loi 5 AI should now attack correctly
  • Bayinnaung 1 cinematics should now appear correctly

Balance Improvements:
  • Malay cheaper fishing ship cost removed
  • Malay Battle elephants 25% cheaper (rather than 20%)
  • Malay age up bonus decreased from 100% to 80%
  • Elite Rattan Archers +1 bonus attack vs infantry removed
  • Elite Camel Archers +1 bonus attack vs infantry removed
  • Elite Karambit warrior pierce armor reduced from 2 to 1
  • Arquebus speed modifier on bombard cannons and bombard towers removed
  • Harbors reload time increased from 2.5s to 3s
  • Harbors HP reduced from 2200 to 2000 (docks are 1800)
  • Elite Arambai search radius increased by 2 (so they target easier)
  • Manipur Cavalry effect now split evenly over armor classes 21 and 11 (so researching masonry negates 50% of the effect)

How to access the Beta Branch:
  • In Steam, right click on Age of Empires II: HD (while the game is not running).
  • Select Properties.
  • Select the BETAS tab.
  • From the drop down, select Open Beta – Patch 5.2.
  • Exit and restart Steam to ensure the update installs correctly.
    • To go back to the Live Build, select None in the BETAS tab dropdown.

Discussion thread is here!

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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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