Age of Empires Online

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Age of Empires Online
Age of Empires Online cover
Developers
Robot Entertainment
Gas Powered Games
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Engines
BANG!
Release dates
Windows August 16, 2011
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 2017

Key points

No longer playable due to the servers being shut down on July 1, 2014.[1][2]

General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM and a constant internet connection.
No longer listed on Steam but can be installed by pasting this URL into a web browser: steam://install/105430

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Spartan\Users2\NewProfile2.xml

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Windowed
Toggle in settings or with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set resolution in-game then toggle in settings or with Alt+ Enter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Choice of Off, Low or High.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode
UI options, Friend or Foe Colors; player is blue, allies yellow, enemies red.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Ambient and Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Dialogue is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always mutes (no option to override).

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Traditional Chinese

Network[edit]

Requires a Microsoft account (local profiles are not supported).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
Servers have been shut down.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
All player-vs-player matches are peer-to-peer.[3]
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash to desktop when loading[edit]

For some players the game may crash to the desktop after loading.
Task-switch while loading game[citation needed]
  1. Run the game.
  2. Switch away from the game window with Alt+Tab .
  3. Wait for the game to load in the background.
  4. Return to the game when it finishes loading (background music will start playing).

"Missing a valid product key" or "Enter the product key for your game" prompt[edit]

Install Marketplace client[4]
  1. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.
  2. Run it and sign in with the same account you are using to play Age of Empires Online.
  3. Run Age of Empires Online and you should now skip the product key step.
  4. If you are still prompted for a product key, open the Marketplace client and do the following:
  5. Click Downloads at the top, then choose Full Games on the sidebar.
  6. Click on Age of Empires Online, then click on View Game Keys.
  7. Enter the LIVE Access Code shown into the game. It should accept the key and continue normally.
Accept new license agreement[citation needed]
  1. Sign into Xbox.com and accept the new licence agreement.
  2. The game should now no longer ask for the product key.

Game doesn't start after clicking Play (no error message)[edit]

Install Games for Windows Marketplace Client[citation needed]

Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core, 2Ghz or higher
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP, Vista Home Basic); 1.5 GB (Vista Premium/Ultimate, 7 32-bit); 2.5 GB (7 64-bit)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Shader model 2 support
Other Broadband internet connection

References

  1. The End of the World | Age of Empires Blog
  2. Blog | Age of Empires Online - The Rest of AOEO
  3. Age of Empires Online - Cant connect to some players, others work fine
  4. Age of Empires Online - SOLUTION: “Missing a valid product key” / “Enter your Product Key”