Community Announcements - MS Ryz0n
AGE2: Patch Version 4.2.681794

We are not incrementing the version here to 4.3, but the build will patch with the following updates. Replays may not appear correctly due to the AI changes from previous builds.

Discussion thread

AI:
  • AI should now function correctly and participate during gameplay.
  • AI should now attack Palisade Walls

Scenario Editor:
  • Change Unit Stance no longer crashes the game.
  • Selecting transfer arrows with nothing selected in the options tab no longer crashes the game.
  • Trigger scroll bar now scrolls correctly when using the up/down arrows.
  • Seed values for map generation can now be changed after deselection.
  • Trigger descriptions can now be edited.
  • Character limit for trigger display instructions has been increased.
  • Lock teams button should now function correctly.
  • Choose Teams should now be on by default for older scenarios.

Mod Manager:
  • Modded taunt files should now be functioning.
  • Preview images when publishing are no longer gigantic.
  • Preview images now function correctly as jpg files.
  • Visibility drop down now functions correctly.
  • A View Workshop button has been added and will bring up the appropriate Steam page.

Additional Improvements:
  • Accepting a Steam invite should now allow players to interact with the multiplayer lobby.
  • The multiplayer lobby screen should no longer freeze when the host if file transferring.
  • Incorrect cursor outlines should no longer appear.
  • Corrupted cursor should no longer appear
  • Deleted scenarios no longer appear as the default option when creating a game.
  • Added launch option “oldschool” for those who value style over readability (may not function in all languages)

Known Issues:
  • Quick Match functionality has temporarily been disabled.
  • Restore multiplayer games has not been fully implemented and may not load correctly.
  • Fonts may not appear when patching from older builds – please restart your pc to resolve.
  • When cancelling while joining a lobby players may still join the lobby (host can still kick).
  • When updating a Legacy Mod the text field may appear cut off.
  • Changing hotkeys to their current value may result in a crash.
  • When building items without a hotkey it may cause a crash (reset hotkeys as a workaround).
  • In the Editor the Choose Teams options does not affect Triggers.
  • Embedded AI scripts inside campaigns are not properly being referenced. As a workaround, you can include necessary files to run campaigns inside resources/_common/ai/ folder.
  • Civilizations are not randomizing correctly.
  • Some customers may be experiencing framerate issues, this is currently under investigation.




Jun 26
Community Announcements - MS Ryz0n
AGE2 Version 4.2.673698

*edit*
If you're seeing a discolored cursor, simply disabling and renabling vsync should resolve it. It's been added to the known issues list and will be resolved with the next patch.

Discussion thread:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/221380/discussions/0/530645446316424075/

Performance
We've exposed a few in-game chat commands that allows you to customize the performance to your desires and needs. Most computers can handle 30FPS and draw the UI every frame without issue, but some systems cannot. The default will be set to 10 updates / second for the UI, but now it is fully customizable. Here are the chat commands:
  • getfps -- reports the current FPS for the max frame rate and UI frame rate.
  • setmaxfps # -- Set it between 5 and whatever you want, and the game will render as fast as possible. If it caps out at 60, then turn off your v-sync. This is still restricted to 30fps in multiplayer games due to the fact it is tightly coupled to network events and running a network game at 60fps would result in double the network activity for each player. As mentioned we’re working on trying to decouple these in the future
  • setuifps # -- Set it between 1 and whatever you want, but it will not exceed the max fps. This works in both single and multiplayer games.

1) Scenario Editor:
  • Change Object Name Trigger now functions correctly and enables players to change names.
  • Triggers in the Editor no longer disappear when editing the map.
  • Triggers in the Editor are now correctly highlighted yellow.
  • Units list now correctly defaults to the Units category.
  • Difficultly level now says hardest rather than harder.
  • Delete Garrisoned Unit button no longer crashes.
  • Deleting triggers and effects no longer crashes.

2) Mod Manager:
  • Preview images now need to be jpg files to get around the 1MB limit.
  • The “Error 25” message when adding a large preview image has been improved.
  • Validation should no longer stall if the player has not accepted the Steam User Agreement.
  • Legacy mods now show the appropriate icons for subscribed and published.
  • Invalid mod files will now be removed when running the game (If the player had extension-less files in their mods directory that matched the name of the mod they were trying to upgrade the extraction would fail).

3) History Page:
  • Images are no longer cropped.
  • Mouse wheel scrolling now functions correctly.
  • Britons header text is now displayed correctly.
  • Britons history text is no longer cut off by the scroll bar.
  • Civilization specific audio should now be playing correctly for each civilization.
  • Generic drum audio should now be playing for all non-civilization categories.

4) General:
  • Dragging the selection box in the mini map is now smoother.
  • Tribute resource images are now being displayed correctly.
  • Clearing Tribute now correctly clears the number on the image.
  • Campaign objective text is now correctly being crossed out when completed.
  • Selecting Print Screen on the Main Menu no longer crashes.
  • Addressed a random crash when selecting Scenario/Main Menu on the Post Game screen.
  • Unit heath bars are now larger and more visible.
  • Tech tree info boxes are no longer bold.
  • Tech tree info boxes are no longer highlighted yellow, the background is now white.
  • The game will now launch if the installation directory started with a space.

Known Issues:
  • Quick Match functionality has temporarily been disabled.
  • Restore multiplayer games has not been fully implemented and may not load correctly.
  • Fonts may not appear when patching from older builds – please restart your pc.
  • When cancelling while joining a lobby players may still join the lobby (host can still kick).
  • Mods that require files outside the “_common” folder may not function correctly.
  • When updating a Legacy Mod the text field may appear cut off.
  • Changing hotkeys to their current value may result in a crash.
  • When building items without a hotkey it may cause a crash (reset hotkeys as a workaround).
  • In the Editor the Choose Teams options does not affect Triggers.
  • We are still working through other issues as well (like Editor, AI and forum post concerns).
  • Embedded AI scripts inside campaigns are not properly being referenced. As a workaround, you can include necessary files to run campaigns inside resources/_common/ai/ folder.
  • Civilizations are not randomizing correctly.
  • Multiplayer file transferring is still encountering issues.
  • FPS issues are still occurring and we are activing trying to improve performance.




Community Announcements - MS Ryz0n
We've got a bunch of changes in response to a number of issues experienced by customers around patch 4.0, with more on the way. For full details please head over to our announcement post on it, or check the list that will fit into the announcement block below.

Patch 4.1 Notes


Additionally, if you're experiencing crashes around custom hotkeys, we're hoping to get some reproducible scenarios from players and have a discussion thread set up for just that purpose:


1) Framerate:
  • FPS in singleplayer once again defaults to 60 fps.
  • The UI now renders on each button press (providing immediate feedback to the player).
  • In game chat commands are now functional for controlling FPS:
    • “getfps” to see what their current ui/fps values are.
    • “setmaxfps #” to alter their maximum fps in singleplayer.
    • Replace # with a number between 5 and 10000.
    • “setuifps #” to alter their maximum ui fps.
    • Replace # with a number between 1 and 10000.
  • Please note that increasing these value may reduce responsiveness or create drops in overall fps.
  • Please note that you may need to disable vsync in the options menu to see the fps increase.


2) AI:
  • Custom AI mods now correctly appear and are selectable from the Player Name drop down.
  • While setting up a standard game with Conquerors enabled, the player name dropdown now properly calculates custom AIs.
  • AI now default to Computer in the Player Name drop down when returning to the setup screen.
  • AI will now respond to player commands (like asking for food or trying to ally).
  • AI will now resign when appropriate.
  • AI will now attempt to go after the relic in Capture the Relic games.


3) UI:
  • The red Age Advance bar is back!
  • Resource fonts are now using the correct font type and no longer flicker.
  • When hosting a game, the Game Lobby title is now Multiplayer Game.
  • Post game Player Names are now centered in the banner.
  • Post game Technology Stats headers are now visible in all columns.
  • Tech tree icon is now updated and centered.
  • In the Editor the Trigger Toggle buttons are now visible.


4) Mod Manager:
  • Upgrading mods should now function for all players.
  • Improvements for players with more than 50 published mods (now easier to manage).
  • Added a commandline argument “FASTVALIDATE”.
    • This will sacrifice smooth animation onthe validation screen in exchange for greater processing speed (most noticeable for players with 300+ mods).
  • Fixed an infinite loop crash during validation when it’s waiting for something it can’t find.
    • If you run into an infinite loop, you can hit Ctrl+C to break out of it.
  • Icons for status and type are now displayed next to each mod (along with help text).
    • Status Subscribed is an open scroll icon.
    • Status Published is a sealed scroll icon.
    • Status Unpublished is a blue feather pen icon.
    • Status Legacy Published is a stone tablet icon.
    • Type Dataset is a gear icon.
    • Type Legacy mod is a broken stone tablet.
  • Coming soon: These icons are work in progress towards a filter system. Once filters are in place, it'll be much easier to understand the icons and to manage mods. In the interim, you can hover the mouse over the column headers to get in-game descriptions of the icons.


5) General:
  • When launching the patch for the first time the game will attempt to auto relocate files including custom scenarios, AI and random map scripts.
  • Intro/outro sequences for the “Battles of the Forgotten” scenarios are now functioning.
  • When holding a relic while force closing the game it will no longer crash.
  • Relay network message will no longer spam players.
  • Relay network message should appear localized correctly for the player (not the sender).
  • Campaigns should now work correctly for players with Chinese Local.
  • Game Lobby file transfer bar has been improved.
  • Launch Option NOMODS no longer breaks video playback.


Known Issues:
  • Quick Match functionality has temporarily been disabled.
  • Restore multiplayer games may not load correctly.
  • When cancelling while joining a lobby players may still join the lobby (host can still kick).
  • Mods that require files outside the “_common” folder may not function correctly.
  • When updating a Legacy Mod the text field may appear cut off.
  • Left clicking to pay a tribute may display an incorrect resource image.
  • Changing hotkeys to their current value may result in a crash.
  • When building items without a hotkey it may cause a crash (reset hotkeys as a workaround)
  • In the Editor the Choose Teams options does not affect Triggers.
  • In the Editor the Delete Garrisoned Units button may result in a crash.
  • Some users may experience a passive AI during skirmish matches
  • We are still working through other issues as well (like Editor, AI and forum post concerns).
  • Embedded AI scripts inside campaigns are not properly being referenced. As a workaround, you can include necessary files to run campaigns inside resources/_common/ai/ folder.
Community Announcements - MS IamPREZSTEVE
The patch you've all been waiting for is here. Read the full patch notes at http://steamcommunity.com/app/221380/discussions/1/598198356184813511/.

Note that we're aware of an issue in which old local files, like scenarios and RMS scripts, are not relocating to the new locations. We're working on a fix for this issue, but in the meantime, you can get around this by manually relocating the files.
Community Announcements - Cysion
It's time for another Dev Blog by the Forgotten Empires team! This time we're taking a closer look at all the natural beauty offered by the African continent and how we're bringing that richness to Age of Empires II.

Besides new civilizations, we're also adding new terrains, animals and other eye candy to the game.



We're also delving deeper into the upcoming Unified Lobby, which will smoothen everyone's multiplayer and singleplayer experiences.

For the full dev blog, you can head over to:
http://www.forgottenempires.net/age-of-empires-ii-hd-dev-blog-2-natural-wonders
Community Announcements - MS IamPREZSTEVE
Looking for new AoE II: HD Steam Workshop mods to try? Look no further than the Best of Steam Workshop stream, live now on http://twitch.tv/ageofempires! We'll be highlighting awesome community-created mods until 3 PM PDT.
Community Announcements - MS IamPREZSTEVE
Looking for new AoE II: HD Steam Workshop mods to try? Look no further than the Best of Steam Workshop stream, live now on http://twitch.tv/ageofempires! We'll be highlighting awesome community-created mods until 3 PM PDT.
Community Announcements - MS IamPREZSTEVE
Join expert players GiveUAnxiety and SoldieR as they stream Age of Empires III for the next 24 hours! Tune in at http://twitch.tv/ageofempires.
Community Announcements - MS IamPREZSTEVE
Hey AoE II: HD fans! We're showcasing some of the awesome Steam Workshop mods created by you, the community, live on stream now!

Join us from 1-3 PM PDT at twitch.tv/ageofempires or hitbox.tv/ageofempires.
Community Announcements - MS IamPREZSTEVE
We're live on twitch.tv/ageofempires right now! Join us from 5-7 PM PDT in MegaRandom free-for-all games. Look for lobbies hosted by Age of Empires community manager IamPREZSTEVE.

GLHF!
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