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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 16:22

Age of Empires II HD arriving April 9

Microsoft reveals updated version of RTS coming exclusively to Steam April 9; includes the Conquerors expansion

Microsoft today announced Age of Empires II HD Edition, a reimagining of the 1999 real-time strategy game. With Ensemble Studios closed, work on the updated version is being done by Hidden Path Entertainment (Defense Grid series, Counter Strike: Global Offensive).

Age of Empires II HD Edition includes every single-player campaign from the Age of Kings original and theConquerors expansion, totaling 18 in all. In addition, gamers can challenge other Steam players through the game's online mode.

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.

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.

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.

Minimum System Requirements:
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


Source: Gamespot


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 16:32

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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Posted 07 March 2013 - 16:33

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 16:34

Best game ever!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 16:38

Niiiceeeee

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:28

I wonder what the online matching making will be like.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:30

Screw buying Sim City. I'm getting this!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:33

Age empires 4 !

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:38

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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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:41

This is the greatest news ever.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:47

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

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:47

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


Agreed. I'll be a little disappointed if they remove the cheat that spawns Shelby Cobras. :D

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 18:06

Well, this is it... steam will blow that day.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 18:15

Looks like I may be installing Steam. Would be nice if they would reduce a version that you can buy without Steam.

Agreed. I'll be a little disappointed if they remove the cheat that spawns Shelby Cobras. :D


Or Lumberjack, cheese steak jimmys, robin hood, rock on, and macro. :)

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 18:23

Well, this is it... steam will blow that day.


Nah, hosted on Microsoft servers, not EA's.