Community Announcements - MS Ryz0n
Ryan Chaply here (aka Ryz0n) - the producer on AOE II HD - and we've got a big announcement. It’s hard to believe, but April 9th marks the two year anniversary since the release of Age of Empires II: HD on Steam. In those two years, players have amassed over 10,000 items in the Steam Workshop, and spend more than fifty million hours building armies, converting units, and chopping trees. In fact, more people have played over 50 hours in AOE II than the entire population of Little Rock – the state capital of Arkansas. It’s clear that the franchise has a hugely dedicated user base, and today I’m excited to talk about where we’ll be taking the title through 2015.

Unfortunately this announcement is too long to post in here! So please head to this announcement thread to read about the most recent patch, what lies ahead, and a teaser of for new content coming to AOE II: HD


AOE II HD - The Path Forward



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Show off your Photoshop skills in this new edition of the Age of Empires monthly contest, Wololo Wednesday!

Full details at http://aka.ms/aoewololowednesday
Community Announcements - MS Ryz0n
AOE II: LD
Through extensive user research with specialized focus groups, it was determined a fundamental feature required reinstatement within the series. Today we are pleased to announce Age of Empires II: Low Definition Edition.




Designed with your CRT monitors in mind, AOE II: LD is available for all AOE II HD owners for a limited time. Re-live the experience the way it was designed, with an internal render resolution of 800x600 glorious pixels. Squint to make out letters and words like you did while playing during computer class instead of finishing homework. Or in the evenings to ‘study’ for that history exam. Or at a friend’s house until you got kicked out to go play outside because it was sunny and their parents needed to use the internet for something before they ran out of the 10 hours of internet time that came on the AOL CD….


That's an eagle scout there...we think...maybe?

Moving on! So how do you get this modern marvel? Just right click on your game in the steam library, go to “properties”, and the “betas” tab. Select aoeii:LD from the drop down menu and you’re off to the races! Just don’t forget to feed your Tamagotchi before sitting down for an evening of classic history. 56K modem sound effects not included.


We’ll probably get lots of letters asking why make this change now? Why delight players so, over a decade and a half after the game came out? It’s best to let the research report from our Fecundity User Department speak for itself, an excerpt is as follows:

Satisfaction surveys and usability histograms discovered historic authenticity and nostalgic reverence were fundamental decision drivers for large portions of highly desirable target markets with excellent retention and low variability amongst titles. Additionally, developing organic buzz had greater segment reach when unique experiences synergized with perceived accuracy to expected impressions and desirability within the audience. Recommended is strategizing perfunctory development on revolutionary immersive experiences tailored to revitalizing and energizing the classic customer base while increasing engagement of existing users.

We don’t really have any idea what that means aside from going for the highest buzzword per sentence ratio possible, but happy April 1st anyway!




Note: AOEII:LD represents game changes that should remain functional in online experiences...if for whatever reason you want to play multiplayer like that.

Stay tuned next week for our next real AOE patch - with more on the way through the year.
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We're streaming community-made maps from the AoE II: HD Steam Workshop live now until 3 PM PST!

Tune in at twitch.tv/ageofempires or hitbox.tv/ageofempires.
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Featured Age of Empires II: HD streamer Milmano is live now on our Twitch channel! Tune in at twitch.tv/ageofempires.
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We're live now showcasing awesome content from the Age of Empires II: HD Edition Steam Workshop community! Tune in now until 3 PM PST on twitch.tv/ageofempires or hitbox.tv/ageofempires and play with us!
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We're live NOW playing team games with the community! Join us until 3 PM PST at twitch.tv/ageofempires!
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A new year, a new Wololo Wednesday contest! Participating is easy, and there are great Age of Empires prizes up for grabs.

For more info, see http://aka.ms/aoewololowednesday.
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1/5/2015 at 1:10 PM PST:

Come play Age of Empires II: HD Edition with the community team!

We're live on Twitch until 3 PM at http://www.twitch.tv/ageofempires.
Announcement - Valve
The Steam Holiday Encore Sale starts today! We brought back 40 of the most popular deals to give you one last chance to pick them up while they are on sale. Only 2 days left to take advantage of huge savings on thousands of games throughout our store.

Steam Holiday Encore Deals include:


Participating in the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale will also earn you exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards. Collect all 10 cards during the sale to earn the Holiday Sale 2014 Badge, backgrounds and emoticons! This is your last chance to craft the 2014 Holiday Sale Badge.

The Steam Holiday Sale runs until 10AM PST, January 2nd.

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