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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition – Update 62085

Come dive into to another exciting release for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! We hope you didn’t miss out on the Dynasties of India release!

With Summer fast-approaching (at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere!), our villagers have decided they’d like to take a vacation and throw a nice little event too! Here’s a quick look at some of the changes coming with this update:

  • Villager Vacation Event!
  • Bug fixes based on your feedback!

Be sure to dig down into the post below to get all of the juicy details before hopping in-game and checking them out firsthand.



Thanks again to our amazing community members, all of whom have helped to make Age of Empires what it is today!

—The Age of Empires Team

Download on the Microsoft Store
Remember that you’ll need to update your game in the Microsoft Store:

  • Open the Microsoft Store.
  • Click the [∙ ∙ ∙ ] symbol next to your profile picture.
  • Select Downloads and updates.
  • Press the Get updates button to automatically detect, download, and install the latest changes to your game!
  • Open the game. The title screen should show you on Build 62085.

If you are unable to launch the game after downloading the update, make sure you add (or re-add) the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition client or folder as an exception to your firewall and antivirus program.

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

Download on Steam
Remember that you’ll need to update your game in Steam:

  • Open Steam.
  • Click on Library to see your games list.
  • Click Downloads at the bottom of the Library window.
  • [If the new build does not download automatically,] click the Download Now button to manually download the new update.
  • Open the game. The title screen should show you on Build 62085.

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

Please note that custom mods may not be compatible with the latest game update. If you are experiencing issues launching or playing the game after downloading the new build, try disabling your installed mods before trying again.

Still having trouble? Visit our support site!


Build Spotlight

The Villager Vacation Event

May 31 – June 14

Age of Empires II: DE is celebrating Spring and the villagers decided they need a vacation! So pack a bag and book your ticket – the villagers are ready to go!

New Rewards!

TODAY through June 14th, complete the in-game tasks within the time limit to unlock exclusive rewards!

Day ~ 🎯 Sign in to Xbox Live.
🏆 Unlocks the Villager wearing a crown profile icon.
💾 *Required* to save any rewards unlocked during the event!

Each of the following challenges must be unlocked in order and on separate days:

Day 1 🔒 Kill a unit with Villagers.
🧱 Unlocks a graphical mod where Villagers fiercely box with their fists as melee attack.
Day 2 🔒 Build a Siege Tower.
🏆 Unlocks a profile icon of Villager posing as “We Can Do It”.
Day 3 🔒 Gather 5000 Food in a single Skirmish or Multiplayer match.
🧱 Unlocks a graphical mod where dead Herdables turn into a stew in a large cooking pot.
Day 4 🔒 Research an Elite Unique Unit upgrade in a Castle.
🏆 Unlocks a profile icon of Villager looking at the blueprint of a castle.
Day 5 🔒 Kill a Boar with your Town Center or Villagers.
🧱 Unlocks a graphical mod where dead Boars turn into a medieval boar banquet.

Keep it Forever!

Remember: if you sign in to Xbox Live at any point during the event, you get to keep all the mods and profile icons you unlock! Sign in, earn your rewards, and enjoy!

—The Age of Empires Team


Event F.A.Q.

Q: Do I have to complete the challenges on consecutive days?

While challenges don’t have to be completed on consecutive days, only one challenge can be completed per day.

Only the Xbox Live challenges can be completed *any* day before the end of the event!

This means that you will need to play at least five different days to complete all of the challenges.

Q: When is the last day I can complete the daily challenges?

The Villager Vacation Event concludes June 14th.

Q: Do I get to keep all of the event unlocks?

All you need to do is log into your Xbox Live account before the end of the event to keep all of the profile icons and mods you unlock; it’s as easy as that!

Q: What do I do if I accidentally unsubscribe from a special mod?

No problem! All you need to do is click your Profile Icon on the main menu, select Event Mods (under Collection), and then check the unlocked event mod you want to enable!

Q: How do I change my profile icon?

You can update your profile icon in your profile:

  1. On the main menu, click the Profile Icon next to your name.
  2. You should now be in the Profile Icons tab under Collections.
  3. Select your favorite icon, then click the Select Icon button to lock in your choice.
  4. You’re done!

Q: How do I download and enable mods?

For information about how to subscribe to and prioritize your mods, visit this article.

Game

Stability & Performance

  • Fixed a possible soft-lock when opening and closing the Chat Window in rapid succession.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when sending a message using a Chinese input method.
  • Further fixes to rare crashes.
  • Stability improvement to the default AI player to resolve a rare freeze issue.

Graphics

  • The Change Color Mood trigger effect is now gradually adjusting the lighting as expected.

Audio

  • Added missing voice lines for Dravidians male villagers when ordered to collect from berry bushes or herdables.

UI

  • Readjusted some campaign slide text boxes to avoid overlapping with artworks.
  • Fixed a bug where the Mod downloading/installing indicator doesn’t update when the process is complete.

Multiplayer

  • Unstarted enemy foundations no longer reveal additional map tiles.
  • Revealed buildings no longer disappear in the fog of war under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes the host was unable to see chat from the other player in several co-op scenarios.

Gameplay

Fixes

  • The damage dealt by projectiles no longer changes if the unit which launched them dies or transforms into another unit while the projectiles are still in flight.
  • The blast damage from Warwolf Trebuchet hits is now dealt correctly if the target was right clicked to be attacked.

Campaign

Campaign Missions

  • Prithviraj 2: ‘The Digvijaya’: Replaced the Camel Scout’s dialogue portrait by the right one.
  • Prithviraj 2: ‘The Digvijaya’: Prithviraj unit name is now properly localized in Korean and Simplified/Traditional Chinese.
  • Prithviraj 5: ‘The Legend of Prithviraj’: Poets can now be selected after ungarrisoning them.

Co-op

  • Suryavarman I 4: ‘Challenging a Thalassocracy’:The Dravidian faction can now be selected and played without ownership of the Dynasties of India expansion, instead of leading to a crash.

AI

General

  • Fixed an issue where AI villagers are sometimes unnecessarily retasked.
  • AI no longer captures gaia objects unless intended in scenarios.

Capture Age

General

  • Fixed an issue with farms giving incorrect data.

Ongoing Investigation

Performance Issues

We’re aware that Replays aren’t being uploaded to our web site – we’re investigating this and intend to follow up.

We continue to monitor performance issues on an ongoing basis. If you’re ever experiencing noticeable changes in performance following an Update, please provide feedback related to game performance issues and we’ll continue to keep an eye on this as we work toward future updates.

Queue Dodging, Cooldowns, and Cheating

We’re continuing to monitor your feedback regarding these issues and are actively doing work to address some of these problems. We’ll provide more specific information closer to the release of any adjustments we may make. Until then, please continue to provide feedback – we’re always listening!

Problems with MP Services

  • We’re constantly monitoring and ready to troubleshoot issues you may have connecting to Multiplayer services, or finding, joining, and/or hosting matches. When these kind of problems occur, the most useful information for us is network logging provided by you. If you experience these issues at any point, please follow the steps below to notify our Support Team and provide this information:
  • You can find these Logs by looking in this folder: C:\Users\ [[YOUR WINDOWS USERNAME]] \Games\Age of Empires 2 DE\logs
  • Network Logs look like this, and contain the date and time of the session you most recently started (example): 2021.08.20-12.03.37.txt
  • Our Support Team may ask you to try again using our Enhanced Logging build, which provides additional logging information
  • NOTE: The Enhanced Logging build generates very large log files – once you’ve submitted a relevant Support Request, you’ll want to switch back to the regular build, and once you’ve sent any relevant log files you can delete them to save HDD space

To use the Enhanced Logging build:

  1. In some circumstances, we need additional logging information to better understand your problem, and that’s when we ask that you use the Enhanced Logging build
  2. To do that, locate Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition in your Steam Games Library
  3. Right-click the game title and select Properties at the bottom of the menu
  4. In the window that appears, select the BETAS tab on the left
  5. In the available field, enter this beta access code: 4YH2SkfG7CK5yanvrXE9qj8b
  6. You’ll then see that you’ve been given access to enhanced_logging and a button will appear asking you if you’d like to opt in
  7. Opt in or select the enhanced_logging beta, and Steam will automatically update your build 

Crashes and Freezes

As a reminder, player-reported issues (when they’re informational only) can be difficult for us to diagnose, and log files alongside a little bit of back and forth with our Support Team remain incredibly helpful. This shift toward working directly with our players to dig into the issues you’re reporting has allowed us to improve stability more quickly, and we’re anxious to keep this up. Here’s information that will help you work with our Teams when filing Support Requests –

  1. If your game is crashing, there’s a specific log file that’ll help us understand why and it looks like this (example): AoE2DESteam-46906-2021.04.06-15.46.57.mdmp.
  2. The file can be found in this directory: C:\Users\[YOUR WINDOWS USERNAME]\Games\Age of Empires 2 DE\logs.
  3. The log file name specifies the game, platform you’re playing on, build version, and the date/time of the crash, and is specific to every instance – so if your game crashed earlier in the day and you’ve been playing since, you can still go back and find this file by matching it to when your issue occurred.
  4. Please attach this file in any Support Requests you submit regarding a crash, and if necessary we’ll reach back out for more information.
  5. You can reach out to our reach out to our Support Team, and if you’re a Steam user, you may be directed to PUP to help us confirm if we’ve been able to resolve your issue.

What's on the Horizon

Coming Up...

We listened to you and we’re officially bringing two exciting and much-asked-for features to the game this Summer!

  • Ranked Match Map Voting: Players will have the ability to vote for Ranked 1v1 and Team map pools from within the game client itself. No more blogs and forums for these polls!
  • Rematch System: Ever finish a match and think, “I could take them if I played again.” Well, now you can! A new rematch button will be added to the end of game screen. If all players select rematch, then a new multiplayer lobby will be created with the same players and settings of the game you just finished.

Also expect continued bug fixes, balance fixes, monthly in game events, and a whole lot more!

DISCLAIMER

Please note that this list is subject to change and should not be considered a comprehensive list of all the known issues we’re tracking. The above is to inform you of the team’s current priorities, which will change as other issues arise or take precedence.

For the latest updates and announcements, please visit our social channels.