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Age of Empires II – HD Edition March 8, 2013

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Other PC Games.
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Keen tipped me to an announcement today that Hidden Path Entertainment is working on an updated version of Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.  It is called Age of Kings II: HD Edition.

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The game will include both the original content as well as The Conquerors expansions and will add the following features:

  • Re-mastered for high resolution displays 1080p+.
  • Enhanced visual engine with improved terrain textures, water, fire and ambient lighting effects.
  • New Steamworks features: Achievements, Leaderboards, Matchmaking and Cloud support.
  • Share user created content with Steam Workshop support.

All of which is curious timing because just last week I posted about Age of Kings getting an unofficial expansion.  It will be interesting to see if the team at Forgotten Empires will be able to (or even want to) include some of the changes they have done to the game via the Steamworks user content option.

This is such big news that Microsoft even has a page up about it.  Maybe this means that they will update their ancient Age of Kings page.  It still has ads from 2001 running on it.

Anyway, I have no doubt that Hidden Path, who made one of my favorite tower defense games, will do a good job bringing this classic into the 21st century.   But we will find out in about a month, as it is slated to ship on Steam (and only Steam I gather) on April 9, 2013.

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1. Tyler Murphy - March 8, 2013

Already preordered. Too great a game to not go back again.

2. Wilhelm Arcturus - March 8, 2013

@Tyler – I pre-ordered it part way through writing this post. Achievements. Among the many reasons, I am a sucker for achievements.

3. Brian 'Psychochild' Green - March 8, 2013

Whelp, I know what my next game purchase will be. Way too many hour sunk into that. Will have to get the GF to install Steam and play with her again like in the olden days. But now in HD!


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