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!
User reviews: Very Positive (22,148 reviews) - 93% of the 22,148 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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November 2, 2015

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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Advance to the Steam Age!
Explore new maps, multiplayer scenarios, and user created campaigns. Or reinvent your game experience with new sounds, visuals, AI, units, and more! Ready to share your creations with the world? Upload right from the map editor, or collaborate with friends to create a masterpiece collection.

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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668 of 757 people (88%) found this review helpful
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85.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2015
you can sink ships by converting them to christianity 10/10 just like i remember it
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12.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
I was suspended from school for installing this game on all of it's computers.

Would definitely get suspended again; 11/10
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235 of 255 people (92%) found this review helpful
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731.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
Oh boy, where do I begin? I've been playing this game since it was released as a demo for maximum pc back in 1998. My father showed me it at a computer store that he used to work at in the small community that we used to live in. I was only 4 years old at that time, and I remember the only civilizations you could be were the Brits and Celts. I first laid eyes on the scout calvary, would ignore the ♥♥♥♥ out of everything else, because he looked cool in my eyes at 4 years of age. Since then, Ive been playing this game on and off, I'm 21 now, and I still find myself latched on to it. I now have a daughter of my own, although she won't know what it was like to see the game evolve over the course of 16 years, she will still know how it came to be, assuming she would even find it as cool as I have growing up. I think for me at least it was the growing anticipation of seeing something new with every civ, while still keeping the basics of the game simple and the same in it's own ways. I used to play this during lunch break in middle school from 2006-2009 with all of my friends, for the most part, I came out on top, even had our own little community of players, formed our own club, and we made a board game out of it. It was pretty cool that not all of us were premature nerds that played this, at least half of our little community were jocks that just loved it as much as we did, and there was no discrimination involved in any of it. We amassed to a total of 20 or more people in this community, and for a small amount of us, our community is still strong with new members and old. This game is called Age of Empires II, and it will stand the test of time for the ages. I'm happy and delighted that people are still playing this game 16 years later, and we're still finding newcomers for this game at as faster rate than before. I've come to realize that just since early 2014 I have ended up spending hundreds of hours playing this game, teaching people both young and old what to do in this game. I'm so thrilled to see that this game is coming out with new expansions still to this day, even after 16 years. I think that if I were to find the gold edition realeased back in 2004 without the package being opened or torn, I would keep it as a collector's item, this game has so much potential and I'm happy to see that it's not being thrown away in to the trash. I honestly believe that when I die of old age, assuming that I don't die any other way, I will more than likely have a copy in my coffin for when my body gets discovered generations later, people will know what kind of influence this game had on my life as much as anyone else's life. I honestly didn't even play the Conqueror's expansion pack until 2007, even though I knew about it unpon release date, my mother refused me video games, so I never got to play it on time like most of my friends did, but I knew that I would at some point in time. Due to my parents seperation back in 2001 shortly after my mother's mother died, I ended up living with my mother, as she got the majority of custody except on holidays when I would be with my father. Whenever I was with him, he would let me play games, even though it was against my mother's wishes. I really loved playing as the Celts, Britons, Franks, Goths, and Vikings, at the time, they were my favorite. Now and again however, you will find me riding along Genghis Khan's horde as the Mongols, however, you can also find me still enjoying the company of the Goths and Britions. I love all of the civilizations very much, I know that they all have their strengths and weaknesses, some are greater than others. My best advice to you is to rush your enemies into the dirt while still keeping up with your economy via micro manage. I would rate this game a solid 10/10 and would also highly recommend it to anyone who still finds the old RTS game to be complexed and fun. I can't wait for the new expansion to come out November 5th 2015 African Kingdoms will have without a doubt in my mind as many new features as it pre successors. I hope you all have a try at this game, it's for sure my favorite game of all time.
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535 of 634 people (84%) found this review helpful
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39.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
I hate this game!
I love this game!
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187 of 205 people (91%) found this review helpful
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533.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
This HD version is doing the same thing the original release did.

Ruining my life.
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