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It’s been a whole year since we launched Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, and what a year it has been! We’ve celebrated everything from the Lunar New Year through May-hem and took a Summer World Tour, all while sending transport ship after transport ship of tweaks, balance changes, and improvements to the game—all along with the guidance of the community, of course. It’s been an amazing journey thus far, and we’re excited to finally share the Anniversary Update with all of you to celebrate YEAR ONE of this grand adventure!

The celebration isn’t just limited to game content; we decided to flex our art muscles to set you up with some exclusive pieces to share your love for Age II: DE on your computer. Check out the results below: from official event backgrounds to fan art created by the talented artists over here at World’s Edge—all for your enjoyment!

Thank you for being here; we can’t wait to continue the journey in the year to come!

Chibi Age

World’s Edge Community Artist, Chamille (aka Rin), reimagined the Definitive Edition Collection key art in this adorable style. Who knew history and strategy could be so…well…cute? Download it now to deck out your desktop with the chibi-kings!

Heroines of History

World’s Edge Art Director, Han Randhawa, got out the paints for this series of depictions of historic heroines, featuring: Yodit, Sanyogita, Joan of Arc, and Khutulun!

November Anniversary Event

Of course, every one of our Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition events comes with a beautiful, event-themed wallpaper to help celebrate, and it wouldn’t be a party without some of the most iconic characters introduced over the 20 years of Age II—plus, a LOT of confetti! Now you AND your computer can celebrate in style with this magnificent piece! (Especially with that llama! 😉)

Battle Royale

November’s Update also introduced a brand-new, chaotic game mode to Age II: DE: Battle Royale! To celebrate this momentous release, here’s a special splash art that captures the explosive, fast-paced fun of the battlefield!

Thank You!

The anniversary celebrations continue! What’s been your favorite Age II: DE moment from year one? Let us know in the comments below!

Remember to update your game to enjoy the Anniversary Update, and check out the release notes to see everything else the update holds in store.

Age of Empires Team