Age of Empires II HD Coming to Steam

No one would make a remaster for a small hardcore community. Chances are, this very community will hate anything you do, just like you still have people playing original Age of Empires 2 and Age of Mythology.

Even releases that look successful are probably not successful enough. Rise of Nations had an OK rerelease and SteamSpy says it has 500.000-1.000.000 sales which is probably great, especially with it being a glorified patch. It wasn’t enough for Microsoft to consider doing a remaster for the sequel, Rise of Legends, which too doesn’t require much more than some patching. But maybe they’re waiting on it cause they aren’t releasing it on any platform even though it would look fine even without any patching.

So their ways are inconcievable. Corporations may just produce Duck Tales Remastered no one asks for, they might do a second remaster of Age of Empires 2 but they might hold on to some property for unclear reasons.

You think that might be related to the fact Rise of Legends originally sold 2\3 less copies than Rise of Nations, so the core audience for a remaster is smaller than what existed for Rise of Nations, at all? So of course Microsoft is more hesitant to take a financial gamble with giving it the same treatment as RoN, there is a greater risk that they won’t break even or make a profit on the project. Re-releasing Rise of Legends will bring in some new sales but you’re relying on the strength of the core fanbase (active and dormant) and nostalgia to be able to formulate a projection for guaranteed sales.

Command & Conquer has a sizable “hardcore” fanbase once you factor in past and present players, I’m not an active Dawn of War player but I would still be a hardcore Dawn of War fan. EA don’t have to bother with all the community engagement they have been doing with the C&C community to see what they want out of the in-development C&C + RA remaster in terms of what to keep the same, what to update in terms of Quality of Life features, and everything else they have been soliciting feedback on. They could just go for a quick cashgrab, yet they obviously see some financially motivated sense in making sure the product is well received by the majority of the core fanbase. EA obviously hope to capture sales outside that segment of the market as well, but that is where they can guarantee a lot of sales from if the product is worth it.

The only game were you can convert horses to your religion.

Glitterhoof says ‘hi’.

That seems like an insane unique unit. Super efficient.

Last chance to get a coupon for -25% sale from me. You can effectively get the same deal if you already have AoE2HD and get a bundle with DE.

“Sign in to Xbox Live to publish mods”

WTF?

Sometimes the game stops and tells me to log back into Xbox Live to continue playing if I lose connectivity for a few seconds.

There’s a lot to like here but it feels heavier than HD; I think there’s a chance the community splits over it. I’m glad - and amazed - how well the game has held up.

Since the game is available on both Steam and the Windows Store, they use a separate system for the mods.

This is actually a great thing because it means that in time, the game can be sold on a bunch of separate stores, such as GOG or Epic. You don’t need to be tied to Steam, if you don’t want to be.

Ok, making a font mod ASAP.

So, campaign wise, where should I jump in to this thing? I played a fair bit of AoE 2 back in the day, but I don’t think I played the expansions.

Everything has been updated. Old campaigns have new voice work and when applicable, new nations (I think the Tartar are in the old Mongols campaign).

Sure, but which campaigns are more fun?

It has been an extremely long time, but I recall the Hun campaign as being relatively novel compared to the rest of what the base game and first expansion had to offer.

For some reason the Teuton campaign was a bit memorable. I also think i liked the Aztec campaign (but can’t remember why).

I’ve been trying the Cuban campaign and it so far feels pretty decent.

I also liked the Mongol campaign although mainly for the aesthetics and the sense of changing terrain as you moved south and west.

They have their own mod service to keep mods in sync between folks since they allow cross play between xbox live and steam purchases. Or is that just randomly popping up? :)

…turns out making font mod is not as easy as you’d think. They have their own font format.

I don’t get this. Is this game basically Age of Empires II from like 20 years ago, just visually updated with a bunch more nations?

There are a large number of people who play this, such that I could probably get a fairly evenly matched ladder game quickly at any time?

My problem with RTSs has always been that I want to play against people, but for things like the remastered Rise of Nations, no one plays the game. Then if you do get a game, you’re basically playing against someone who has mastered it, and it is a complete blow out.

It remains to be seen if DE will have staying power, but still 20k+ in game on steam again today. It sounds like they are still needing to work out some server issues, but hopefully that will be resolved and then the ranked matchmaking should work. I imagine it is still easy to get games in HD and voobly, but they don’t really have a matchmaking system so you have to find and join the games.

DE is AoE:AoK + AoC, all of the HD expansions, with reworked art and updated campaigns.

Okay. So in all seriousness, if someone could pop a reminder in here when ranked ladder is live, I’d appreciate it. Thanks!