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Age of Empires II Definitive Edition Anniversary Update

One of the most popular strategy games ever, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, celebrates the 20th anniversary with a new and remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilizations.

Age of Empires II Definitive Edition Anniversary Update

“We hope everyone likes cake because it’s birthday time!” Microsoft announces in a preview clip of the upcoming update (included below). “We’re celebrating by making Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition bigger and better than it’s ever been.”

Firstly, the content drop will offer a new game mode, a supporting ‘quick play’ system, a truck-load of new features, a humungous list of balance changes, and more. This new game mode is none other than a battle royale format. It gets up to eight players battling it out in a free-for-all style contest, each fighting to be the last one standing. To celebrate the launch of the new mode, the studio also invited a bunch of “community favourite” Age Of Empires casters and players to tackle the game’s first battle royale championship. You can watch that championship live on Twitch on October 31.

Additionally, Age of Empires II Definitive Edition Anniversary update’s new ‘quick play’ feature offers to set up and enter a game as quickly as possible. the UI lets you whip through the setup process “lightning fast” and join either a random map, empire wars, and battle royale matchmaking queues. It’s worth noting, however, the feature is unranked, and “designed for convenience”. Also, the studio reveals in the video it’s done a total overhaul of the game’s civilisation UI “in an effort to better explain the differences and promote informed choices by new players to the Definitive Edition”. Changes include new civ details and handy hints and tips in loading screens to give you some pointers. Also, you can read our Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition review to have some opinions about the game.

System Requirements for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

MINIMUM

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64×2 5600+
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 420 or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 6850 or Intel® HD Graphics 4000 or better with 2 GB VRAM
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 30 GB available space
Additional Notes: 2GB of video memory + 4GB of system memory required

RECOMMENDED

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64bit
Processor: 2.4 GHz i5 or greater or AMD equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia® GTX 650 or AMD HD 5850 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 30 GB available space

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