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[font=georgia,serif][size=5][b]Age of Empires II HD arriving April 9[/b][/size][/font]

[font=georgia,serif][b]Microsoft reveals updated version of RTS coming exclusively to Steam April 9; includes the Conquerors expansion[/b][/font]

[font=georgia,serif]Microsoft today announced Age of Empires II HD Edition, a reimagining of the 1999 real-time strategy game. With [url="http://www.gamespot.com/news/ensemble-dev-speaks-out-on-closure-6198093"]Ensemble Studios closed[/url], work on the updated version is being done by Hidden Path Entertainment ([url="http://www.gamespot.com/defense-grid-the-awakening/"]Defense Grid series[/url], [url="http://www.gamespot.com/counter-strike-global-offensive/"]Counter Strike: Global Offensive[/url]).[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]Age of Empires II HD Edition includes every single-player campaign from the [url="http://www.gamespot.com/age-of-empires-ii-the-age-of-kings/reviews/age-of-empires-ii-the-age-of-kings-review-2537995/"]Age of Kings original[/url] and the[url="http://www.gamespot.com/age-of-empires-ii-the-conquerors-expansion/reviews/age-of-empires-ii-the-conquerors-review-2620147/"]Conquerors expansion[/url], totaling 18 in all. In addition, gamers can challenge other Steam players through the game's online mode.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]According to Microsoft, Age of Empires II HD Edition has been remastered for high-resolution displays at 1080p. It also includes an "enhanced visual engine" sporting improved textures for terrain, water and fire, and ambient lighting effects.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]Steamworks features for Age of Empires II HD Edition include achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking, and cloud support. In addition, gamers can share user created content through the Steam Workshop.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif]Lastly, Microsoft revealed the minimum system requirements for Age of Empires II HD Edition today. They are listed below, along with the game's debut trailer.[/font]

[font=georgia,serif][b]Minimum System Requirements:[/b]
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 Pro
Steam Software Platform
900x600 minimum display resolution
Direct X 9 Capable GPU
1.2GHz CPU
1GB RAM
2GB HDD[/font]

[b]Source:[/b] [url="http://www.gamespot.com/news/age-of-empires-ii-hd-arriving-april-9-6404962"]Gamespot[/url]
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That's awesome! Just installed AoE II last week for old memories sake, and still love the gameplay! Only thing that was annoying me was the low resolution graphics, but this should take care of that! :)

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Best game ever!
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Niiiceeeee

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I wonder what the online matching making will be like.

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Screw buying Sim City. I'm getting this!
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Age empires 4 !

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Best news but I hope the re-imagination doesn't go too far and they mostly preserve the original gameplay of AOK/AOC.

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This is the greatest news ever.
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This is amazing. I hope that they kept support for all the scenarios that were made.

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[quote name='UXGaurav' timestamp='1362677887' post='595564292']
Best news but I hope the re-imagination doesn't go too far and they mostly preserve the original gameplay of AOK/AOC.
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Agreed. I'll be a little disappointed if they remove the cheat that spawns Shelby Cobras. :D
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Well, this is it... steam will blow that day.
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Looks like I may be installing Steam. Would be nice if they would reduce a version that you can buy without Steam.

[quote name='Astra.Xtreme' timestamp='1362678426' post='595564312']
Agreed. I'll be a little disappointed if they remove the cheat that spawns Shelby Cobras. :D
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Or Lumberjack, cheese steak jimmys, robin hood, rock on, and macro. :)
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[quote name='Arceles' timestamp='1362679600' post='595564352']
Well, this is it... steam will blow that day.
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Nah, hosted on Microsoft servers, not EA's.
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This looks like Age of Conquerors + a new renderer + some redone sprites + steam integration. It remains to be seen if there's any significant gameplay improvements; the controls are quite dated by today's (and by that I mean Starcraft 2)'s standards: there's no attack-move, no multi-building smart queuing, no unit order queuing, no queuing of researches with units, no camera hotkeys, etc. All these things would be relatively easy to add but it'd take the right vision. I can't wait to see more details.

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I miss the day when you could install a new game without needing an internet connection.... Its not like Steam is saving companies from going bankrupt (with the exception I guess of indie games that wouldn't have been found without it...).

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AWESOME
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OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!
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I like that they're updating the textures and sprites, but I hope they leave the old ones in there and allow you to play in "classic" mode. Similar to the anniversary edition of Halo. All you had to do was hit a button, and the game would switch in real-time between original and new graphics.

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that is awesome news! :) I will buy them soon! I like that game, because of Joan of Arc. :)

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[quote name='Astra.Xtreme' timestamp='1362677414' post='595564278']
Screw buying Sim City. I'm getting this!
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Saw this joke on Reddit :)

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[quote name='Dr_Asik' timestamp='1362680899' post='595564404']
This looks like Age of Conquerors + a new renderer + some redone sprites + steam integration. It remains to be seen if there's any significant gameplay improvements; the controls are quite dated by today's (and by that I mean Starcraft 2)'s standards: there's no attack-move, no multi-building smart queuing, no unit order queuing, no queuing of researches with units, no camera hotkeys, etc. All these things would be relatively easy to add but it'd take the right vision. I can't wait to see more details.
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The problem with updating the controls and mechanics etc is you risk alienating fans. They aren't buying this game for modern things, they're buying it for Nostalgia, if everything feels like AoE2, it'll go down better.
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Cant wait!
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Nice, now if only they would give us an updated Rise of Nations.
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