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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Once you have found a scenario you’re interested in downloading and installing in the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, follow the below instructions.  These assume you are on the computer where the game is installed.

Log In and Download the Scenario

  1. Ensure you’re logged on to ageofempires.com.
    • If you are not logged on, log on using your MSA/XBL login information.
    • If you do not have account, create one now and log on (you can create an Xbox Live account for free at xbox.com).
  2. Navigate to the Detail page for the scenario you wish to download, and click on the Download button. A file named aoe_[scenario name].zip will be downloaded to your default or selected download folder.
    • If the download does not start, check to be sure your browser is not blocking pop-ups on the site.

Unzip the Scenario

  1. Open the location where you saved the .zip file in Windows Explorer.
    • Most browsers have an “open folder” or “open file location” in their download window you can click on to open.
  2. Unzip the file(s) from the .zip file using Windows Explorer (instructions follow) or other unzipping application.
    • Right click on the file and select Open, or Open with Windows Explorer.
    • In the menu bar, click the Extract option and then Extract All.
    • Specify the location to extract the files.
    • To extract directly to the game’s scenario folder, find the location following steps 5-7 below.
    • Click Extract.
    • Leave the Windows Explorer window with the scenario file(s) open.

Copy Unzipped Scenario to Game’s Scenarios Folder

  1. Start Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.
  2. In the game’s menu, click on Options, then Open Game Folders.
  3. In the new Windows Explorer window, open the Game Content, then Campaign folders.
  4. Switch to the Windows Explorer window opened during Step 2 of “Unzip the Scenario” (above) and copy the files.
    • Right click on the file and select Open, or Open with Windows Explorer.
    • In the menu bar, click the Extract option and then Extract All.
    • Specify the location to extract the files.
    • To extract directly to the game’s scenario folder, find the location following steps 5-7 below.
    • Click Extract.
    • Leave the Windows Explorer window with the scenario file(s) open.
  5. Switch back to the Windows Explorer window opened in Step 3 and paste the files.
  6. The scenario files are now ready for use in the game.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Mods allow users to change nearly any aspect of their game: from the sound and look to the addition of entirely new scenarios and gameplay elements. Downloading or creating a game mod is simple, and can be done in-game or via the ageofempires.com website.

🛠 DOWNLOADING A MOD IN-GAME
The easiest way to download a mod is to search for and install it in-game.

  1. Launch Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.
  2. Click on the Mods button on the title screen.
  3. Click the Browse Mods tab.
  4. Type in the name of the mod you want to download. You can also use the filter to find mods based on their tags, or can use the table to sort by Name, Size, Likes, or the number of Downloads.
  5. Click Subscribe to automatically download and install the mod.

The mod will now be listed on your Installed Mods tab, where you can enable, disable, unsubscribe, and prioritize your mods.

🛠 DOWNLOADING A MOD FROM THE WEBSITE
You can also download mods from the ageofempires.com website.

  1. Navigate to https://www.ageofempires.com/mods/
  2. Use the search box or filters to find a mod.
  3. Click the mod to view the specific mod details page.
  4. Click Subscribe.
  5. You may need to sign in with your Xbox Live or Steam account, depending on your version of the game.
  6. You’re done!

The next time you launch the game, the mod should be available in your game Mods.

More information about downloading, installing, and troubleshooting mods in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition can be found here: Modding the Game