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

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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November 2

Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms - Teaser Video

With only a few days left before the release of the new expansion for Age of Empires II HD, it's time to unveil all the new civilizations that will be included. What better way to do this than with a nice video!

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New DLC Available

Explore a host of new features with Age of Empires II - The Forgotten including

  • Five New Civilizations
    • Italians
    • Indians
    • Slavs
    • Magyars
    • Incas
  • Seven new Campaigns
    • Alaric
    • Sforza
    • Bari
    • Dracula
    • El Dorado
    • Prithviraj
    • Battles of The Forgotten
  • New LudaKRIS map size
  • New Game Modes
    • Treaty
    • Capture the Relic
  • Twitch streaming integration
  • Spectator Mode

Download the expansion today!

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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
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878 of 966 people (91%) found this review helpful
1099 people found this review funny
93.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Age of Empires II, known in the professional world as Human Resource Management Simulator 99’, is the premier HR Management Simulator. After 16 years, it still stands in a league of its own. Simple to use, this software is utilized by the likes of Fortune 500 companies and top tier business schools for training and retaining skills. Furthermore, it doubles as an entertaining and interactive platform for learning about the Middle Ages.

HRM Simulator 99’ takes place in a historical period running from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the dawn of the Colonial Age. You will be placed in the role of a medieval leader seeking to build your kingdom and defeat your opponents. In order to win, however, you will need to micromanage your human resources with the utmost efficiency and effectiveness.

Central to your efforts is the villager. Villagers are the ideal worker. They can work for indefinite periods of time while earning nothing and aptly work several different jobs throughout your kingdom. They can handle everything from construction to fishing to sapping enemy buildings. Your villagers are also loyal to you beyond question; they will even gather berries while wolves are mauling them to death.

Once you have established a perfectly efficient economy using the principles of operations management, you will have to shift your attention to raising an army and defeating your enemies. As a human resources manager at Proctor & Gamble put it, “HRM Simulator 99’s army management is good preparation for some of the most daunting tasks that a new manager may face in the real world”. While managing your army in battle, you will also still need to pay attention to your economy, keeping your villagers on task and away from becoming useless, idle drones.

Campaigns (Spoilers?):
  • Play as Mel Gibson and beat up the army of a dude named Edward Longshanks who, despite his last name, cannot shank anything for long.
  • Play as a teenage chick, summon Shelby Cobras for horny Frenchmen so that they can shoot up snotty Britons.
  • Play as a legendary ISIS commander and defeat NATO forces in Israel.
  • Play as Genghis Khan, travel the world and break down the Great Wall of China with an extraordinarily fast & furious monkey.
  • Play as der Fuhrer, subdue domestic opposition, invade Poland and convince Italy to side with you. Then drown in a river and get buried in a pickle barrel.
  • Play as Attila the Hun, beat up everyone and steal their everything.
  • Play as Good Guy Greg, save your king’s life even after he screws you over and imprisons your family.
  • Play as Cuauhtémoc, repulse the Spanish invasion of Tenochtitlan with the help of God-given Hun Tarkans and Korean Turtle Ships. Witness the evolution of Cuauhtémoc from a loyal, concerned jaguar warrior into a tenacious resistance leader and then finally into the last Emperor of the Aztecs. Then play Age of Empires III and see him finally become a psychotic blood fetishist fighting wars in oddball locales all across Asia and the Americas.

If you successfully complete these campaigns with flying colors and prevail over your colleagues in online skirmishes, you will be ripe to become the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world!

500/500 Preferred by all large-cap corporations listed on the S&P 500. In other words, buy this game if you want to invest in the American economy!
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418 of 453 people (92%) found this review helpful
300 people found this review funny
59.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Playing FFA Regicide with friends.
Using the Game of Thrones soundtrack add-on for extra epicness.
After an hour of warfare, alliances, and betrayal, my city falls and I brace myself for defeat.
Suddenly, I see a message: "Anon has changed their status with you to ally."
He lets me bring my king and villagers to his city for protection.
He tells me to hide my king near his castles for protection.
Under his protection, I begin to rebuild my empire.
After a few minutes, I see another message.
"Anon has changed their status with you to enemy."
I watch as the crossbowmen in his castle execute my king.
The Rains of Castamere begin to play, mocking my defeat.
It was at this moment I realized how amazing Age of Empires II was.

True story
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672 of 798 people (84%) found this review helpful
345 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Better than Clash of Clans
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581 of 687 people (85%) found this review helpful
658 people found this review funny
149.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Apparently stone walls catch fire.
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239 of 269 people (89%) found this review helpful
211 people found this review funny
83.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
you can sink ships by converting them to christianity 10/10 just like i remember it
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