Microsoft has announced Age of Empires 2 HD Edition, a re-release of the historic RTS exclusively for Steam.

The new version is due to launch worldwide on 9th April.

But those who pre-purchase the game (at a 10 per cent discount) can gain access sooner - on 5th April.

The HD Edition includes every campaign from the game's Conquerors expansion, online play, 1080p HD support and a new set of textures.

Steamworks integration means the game now has achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking and cloud support, while Workshop features have been built in to enable the sharing of user-generated content.

It's all being developed by Hidden Path Entertainment of Counter Strike: Global Offensive fame.

The game's first trailer and system requirements lie below.

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

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