Age of Empires 2: HD Edition

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Age of Empires 4 revealed with Relic at the helm

Original game's remake due in October, Definitive Editions of AoE 2 and 3 announced.

Age of Empires 4 has been officially announced with Homeworld and Company of Heroes developer Relic Entertainment making it, while IP-owner Microsoft Studios will publish.

Third Age of Empires 2 expansion announced

Age of Empires 2 just keeps on going - the people behind the HD version of the real-time strategy game have just announced a third official expansion.

Age of Empires 2 HD: Rise of the Rajas comes out on 19 December - that's over 17 years after the original Age of Empires 2 came out on PC.

Rise of the Rajas is set in southeast Asia and includes four new civs (Burmese; Khmer; Malay; and Vietnamese), four new, fully-voiced campaigns, and new units, such as the Battle Elephant.

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New Age of Empires 2 expansion in the works

New Age of Empires 2 expansion in the works

From the people who made the Forgotten Empires mod.

Microsoft has announced a new expansion for PC strategy game Age of Empires 2 HD Edition.

Microsoft is working with the people who created the fan-made Age of Empires 2 mod Forgotten Empires to develop the new expansion, due out later this year.

In a post on Steam, Microsoft published a teaser image, below, from one of the new units being worked on: a camel archer. Microsoft said the new expansion includes new civs, campaigns and game modes.

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Age of Empires 2 gets first official expansion in over 10 years

It's been a long time coming - over 10 years in fact - but now it's here: a new expansion for Age of Empires 2.

The Forgotten, now available to download from Steam for 7, is the first official expansion for strategy game Age of Empires 2 in over 10 years, and is compatible with Age of Empires 2 HD, the remake that launched in April 2013.

It adds five civilisations (the Italians, Indians, Slavs, Magyars and Incas), four campaigns (Alaric, Sforza, Bari and Dracula) two new game modes (Treaty and Capture the Relic), a new "LudaKRIS" map size, a spectator mode and Twitch integration for streaming.

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Age of Empires 2 HD review

Age of Empires 2 HD review

Any old iron age.

I'm at once reminded of old Hollywood stars being rolled out one more time. Not the ageing elite, the silver foxes whose wrinkles have become the service stripes of the industry, nor the bouffant divas who can still hit the high Cs. No, I'm talking about the really old ones, squinting, confused as they're thrust into the limelight yet again. Those who can't speak on the talk shows; those who don't sing, but simply stagger.

It's not easy to predict which games will age well, though many wear their years with a certain dignity. Some classics find new life and new audiences as mobile or tablet games, while the past few years have seen an embracing of all that is retro, all the way back to the oldest of the old school, something that has been seized upon by a burgeoning indie scene. Sometimes we like what's old. Or at least, what seems to be old.

Age of Empires 2 was released in 1999, so it has 14 of those years to carry on its shoulders. It was considered a classic at the time, during the era of the Spice Girls and Star Wars: Episode 1, and it sold by the million. Now it has been reincarnated with this HD release on Steam. The most important thing that you need to know about Age of Empires 2 HD is that it runs at a much higher resolution than the original game did. In fact, this is almost the only thing that there is to know about Age of Empires 2 HD.

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