Announcing Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas DLC!

 

Age of Empires II HD fans rejoice!

We’ve been working hard with our partners at Forgotten Empires and Skybox Labs to bring this secret project to you, and we’re FINALLY ready to tell you about it:

Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas releases December 19, but you can pre-order today!

That’s only six days away, but we’re not going to make you wait that long to get a taste of the new greatness in store; we’re celebrating RIGHT NOW, and you can join in! Here’s a breakdown of this week-long party:

  • ZeroEmpires and the rest of the crew at Escape Gaming are putting on the Battle for Angkor tournament on December 17–18! This tournament, featuring some of the world’s top Age of Empires II players, will be streamed live for all to see right here on the brand-new Escape Twitch channel! More details available on that channel, but you can check out the trailer right here:
  • The devs at Forgotten Empires will be publishing a new sneak peek each day until release. There are four new civs, a new map type, and much, much more to discover, so head over to their blog each day to get the inside scoop straight from the developers!
  • We’ll have our own countdown-to-launch stream featuring special guests, including devs from Skybox Labs and Forgotten Empires, on our official Twitch and Beam channels on December 19. More details coming soon!

 

Performance Upgrades and Balance Fixes!

This awesome expansion is set in southeast Asia, and brings tons of new content as well as some serious upgrades to the quality of life for our Age of Empires II HD. We’ve had an open beta over the past few months to identify and correct a few performance issues, and with your help we’ve managed to reduce desyncs by 90%! With today’s announcement of Rise of the Rajas, we’re also pushing these performance upgrades live to all of our players for free. Among other things, this makes multiplayer matches much more stable, AND we’ve added multiplayer restore back in, so if you ever DO lose a match in progress to a desync, you can get it back and pick up where you left off!

 

We’ll release more details about the new content gradually over the next few days, but a few things are out there already. Some of our eagle-eyed fans noticed the Easter eggs in this meme we shared last week, featuring some strangely equipped elephant units:

It's because the elephants have extra trunk space.
We couldn’t help ourselves!

 

More details coming soon; keep an eye on the links above, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest! We’re super thrilled to be able to share this with you, and we want to thank our fans from the bottom of our hearts for their passion and support.

 

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