Age of Empires II HD

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Age of Empires II HD
Age of Empires II HD cover
Developers
Hidden Path Entertainment
Ensemble Studios
DLC SkyBox Labs
Forgotten Empires
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows April 9, 2013
Age of Empires II HD at Wikipedia
Age of Empires
Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999
Age of Mythology 2002
Age of Empires III 2005
Age of Empires Online 2011
Age of Empires II HD 2013
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 2014
Age of Empires: Castle Siege 2014
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition 2018
Age of Empires IV TBA

Key points

HD remake of the original Age of Empires II and its expansion with Steam achievements and multiplayer, improved graphics and support for higher resolutions.

General information

PC Report
Steam Community Discussions
AoCZone - an active Age of Empires community
Age of Empires Online Forum - the 'official' forum.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.com
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

The Conquerors expansion is included in the base game.
Name Notes
The African Kingdoms
Windows
The Forgotten
Windows
Rise of the Rajas
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use SKIPINTRO parameter[1]

Use the SKIPINTRO command line argument.

Skip launcher[edit]

Change launcher file[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename Launcher.exe.
  3. Rename AoK HD.exe to Launcher.exe.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Age2HD\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame
Custom campaigns are stored in <path-to-game>\Campaign
Custom scenarios are stored in <path-to-game>\Scenario
Custom campaigns initially made for the original game are compatible with the HD edition.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Automatically sets itself at desktop resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
See Fix for missing DPI scaling
Field of view (FOV)
Isometric.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Always borderless on Fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
World Updates are 30 FPS for multiplayer.[3]
120+ FPS
10000 FPS default cap.[3] Change by entering setmaxfps # in chat, where the number is the desired framerate. setuifps # sets the framerate for the UI

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Brazilian Portuguese
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Simplified Chinese
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 3478, 4379, 4380, 27000-27015, 27015-27030

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing DPI scaling[edit]

Manually set scaling mode[4]
  1. Go to the installation folder (<path-to-game>)
  2. Right click on Launcher.exe and choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab and check Override high DPI scaling behavior.
  4. Set Scaling performed by to System.
Do not choose System (enhanced) as it breaks the input.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7, 8 Pro+
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other 900x600 minimum display resolution
This game requires a resolution of at least 900x600.
Windows XP support has been discontinued; the last working version is available from the game's betas tab in the Steam client.[5]

References

  1. The command line parameter -NoStartup doesn't seem to work any more :: Age of Empires II: HD Edition General Discussions
  2. Age of Empires II HD Edition | No Intro Movie / No launcher - Discussion - PCGamingWiki Community
  3. 3.0 3.1 Patch 4.3 :: Age of Empires II: HD Edition News & Announcements
  4. [Tutorial] 4K support for AOE2 [MOD] - Steam Community
  5. 3.9 Discussion :: Age of Empires II: HD Edition General Discussions