We’re thrilled to announce that a much-anticipated patch for the Age of Empires II HD ranked play Elo system is live right now in our open beta branch on Steam!

Our engineering teams have been working closely with our partners at Steam on an issue that affected players’ ability to record the results of ranked matches, and this new patch brings the resolution to that issue. We hope to push this patch to general release as soon as possible, but we need a bunch of games played in order to make sure everything works… and that’s where you come in!

Here’s how you can join the open beta right now and help us test this patch:

  1. From your Library screen in Steam, right-click on “Age of Empires II: HD Edition” and select “Properties”.
  2. Click on the “Betas” tab.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow and select “Open Beta.”
  4. Wait for updates to finish and launch the game.
  5. Play a LOT of ranked games, and report any bugs to our official report thread: Report bugs here!

The more games you play, the more data we get to make sure everything’s stable and working great! Thanks to everyone in the community for their patience and participation as we continue to work on bringing you the best Age of Empires II experience we can!

Known issue: Please note that, as with most betas, those on the beta branch won’t be able to play with people on the general release branch. Accepting an invitation to a game on a different branch can cause a crash. If you want to play with someone on the general release branch, simply follow the steps above, and in step 3 select “none–opt out of all betas.”

Discuss of 5 comments

  • kream9 September 17, 2019

    how do you play the beta if you purchased it from the microsoft store?

  • ajsc007 July 31, 2019

    this dont worck

  • prabu August 19, 2018

    WHAT IS STEAM??????

  • mstfa786 August 2, 2018

    AoE series/franchies are the only ever in the world of rts. The only thing that rest of the poorer messy rts like command and conquerors took the lead because AoE series can't able to agggrisviely market it's brand. AoE series are of higest quality light and brighter graphics as compared to the rest of the rts out there. Anno, Sim, Stronghold, Empire Earth, Civilisation, command n conquers, warhammer, total war series, settlers etc are mere turn based, fantsy, futuristic etc unrealistic games with poor graphics, messy details and got bugs. AoE runs smooth then any other rts out there. AoE consists highly tactical, stragitical, constructive gameplay ever. AoE is the most realistic, historical, accurate rts ever as compared to other rts. The only counterpart to AoE series is Rise of Nations series. Microsoft Studios, Relic Entertainment and Big Huge games deserves all the credit. One important suggestion for the future AoE IV is to include 20th and 21st ages. I will also suggest that relic entertainment and big huge games must coorporate with each other to revive the fracnhise of Rise of Nation (RoN) as RoN 2, RoN 3 etc. Microsoft Studios has the best quality, windows friendly rts ever as compared to other companies!!!

  • aheadteacher361 July 30, 2018