Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilizations.
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June 28

E3 2019 Demo Recap with Forgotten Empires

Looking to learn more about what’s on the way with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition? Look no further!

Forgotten Empires’ Community Manager, Matthew Turk, gives us a look at the E3 2019 demo with an overview of the most exciting features and details coming your way. Check it out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk1sVpI32Yo Here’s a synopsis of the features covered in the video:
  • Dynamic Zoom Controls
  • Stunning 4K graphics true to the look and feel of Age of Empires II
  • Fully Remastered Soundtrack
  • Simultaneous Research and Unit Build Queues
  • Global Queue at the Top of the Screen
  • Ability to Auto-Reset Fish Traps
  • Built-in Mods: Small Trees, Grid Mode, etc.
  • Additional Mod Support
  • Includes all DLC for HD
  • 4 New Civilizations (for a total of 35 Civs)
  • 3 Brand-new Campaigns
  • Over 200 hours of Campaign Gameplay
  • Integrated Leaderboard and Ladder
  • Balance Updates based on Player Feedback
  • Matchmaking Features
  • Scalable User Interface
  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Crossplay between Steam and the Microsoft Store
Additionally, players who already own Age of Empires II: HD will receive a 25% discount when upgrading to Age of Empires: DE (which will be available for $20 USD at launch). The Steam Summer Sale is happening now through July 9, making it the perfect time to pick up the HD edition and hone your skills before the release of the Definitive Edition later this year!

Join the Beta!
If you’re interested in stepping up to play a first-hand role in the development of the game, you can also sign up to join the beta now! As long as your computer meets our minimum specifications, you will receive an invite to the beta.
See you on the battlefield!

— The Age of Empires Community Team
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June 14

E3 2019 Recap: A New Age for Empires!

What a week it has been! As always, E3 brings out the passion and excitement of the community, and this year was no exception! This year, the folks from the newly-created Age of Empires studio at Microsoft Games teamed up with our friends from Forgotten Empires to show off our work over the past year: bringing you a first look, a hands-on demo, and the chance to sign up for the first beta playtest of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition!
https://youtu.be/ZOgBVR21pWg
The announcement during Microsoft’s Keynote presentation kicked off a flood of news, discussion, and announcements from the event. On the heels of the official gameplay trailer, press and players began discussing and sharing news about all of the new features coming with the game. Here are just a few of the articles you can read to catch up with the conversation:
Throughout the week—with the help of the new and official Age of Empires Discord server—players have been doing some speculation of their own. The conversation has been amazing…the hype has been real…and we’ve even managed to answer several questions that caused some concern following the announcement. Here are some of the hottest discussion topics to emerge from E3 this week:
As a final treat, Mixer set aside some time to chat with Microsoft’s Adam Isgreen and Forgotten Empires’ Bert Beeckman about the game. While short, it provided a glimpse at a different experience than the E3 demo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdqS0S2CgcQ
The week was HUGE for Age of Empires, the development team, and has been the PERFECT way to kick off the transition into the first beta of the Definitive Edition. If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up as an Age Insider for a chance to participate in the first playtest on June 18:
We also know there are still questions that remain after E3: about the Definitive Edition and some of the other projects we have in the works. We hear you, and we’re excited to share more information, teasers, and details as they get further along in development.
A huge thanks to everyone who dropped by the booth during E3, who shared their excitement with us on Discord, who helped share the news, and who have been a part of this wonderful community over the past two decades! We can’t wait to see what the journey holds in store for the next two decades!

See you on the battlefield!

— The Age of Empires Community Team
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About This Game

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilizations.

Explore all the original campaigns like never before as well as the best-selling expansions, spanning over 200 hours of gameplay and 1,000 years of human history. Head online to challenge other players with 35 different civilizations in your quest for world domination throughout the ages.

Choose your path to greatness with this definitive remaster to one of the most beloved strategy games of all time.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64x2 5600+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 420 or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 6850 or Intel® HD Graphics 3000 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz i5 or greater or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® GTX 650 or AMD HD 5850 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space

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