Empire Wars is a new game mode, exclusively introduced into Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! In Empire Wars, players start with a small town and economy. All players start in the Feudal Age, with 27 villagers already working farms, chopping trees and mining gold. Economic buildings and a Barracks are also provided to help you build up through the early stages of the game. Empire Wars is available on all maps included with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, although your starting town may depend on the map.
Included Free with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
Starting in the Feudal Age
27 Villagers + 1 Scout
Barracks & Blacksmith available, as well as gathering points for all resources
Economy balanced around expanding your empire quickly
To offset Mayan and Chinese bonuses, they don’t receive extra villagers, but also don’t start with less resources than other civilizations.
Players have less starting sheep and no wild boars.
Some maps may have variations on the Empire Wars mode, to fit their different starting conditions.