Hotfix 39515

  1. FIXES

Today’s hotfix follows in the footsteps of Update 39284 with a handful of important fixes for issues that cropped up in last week’s build. This includes the notable pauses during gameplay, AI behaviors that proved disruptive to players, the loss of the final chapter in the Saladin campaign, a misrepresentation of ELO changes following ranked matches, and more.

Note that there are still a number of issues which are still being investigated—such as the inability to construct certain gates, reported problems with the Brazil server, and others—and we will do what we can to keep you updated and informed as we work towards solutions. For the time, keep an eye on the Known Issues page and official forum for updates and requests for more information from those experiencing the problems.

Thank you for your patience; we look forward to hearing from you regarding these latest changes!

—The Age of Empires Team

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Download on the MICROSOFT STORE
Remember that you’ll need 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 read Build 39515

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 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 read Build 39515

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

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Having trouble downloading or playing the build? Visit our support page!


  • Fixed an issue which caused intermittent, short pauses during gameplay.
  • Fixed an issue where ELO changes would not be displayed properly after the conclusion of each ranked match.
  • Fixed an issue where broken mods could prevent the title from launching.
  • Fixed an issue which resulted in the removal of the Saladin 6 (“The Lion and the Demon”) campaign mission—leading to great historical turmoil!
  • The Horse unit now has the same speed, armor class, and line of sight as the Scout Cavalry unit.
  • The Department of Agriculture has cited villagers who would attempt to replant farms well beyond their allotted plots. This should result in less wandering across the map to seek out unoccupied plots.
  • Farmers will now automatically split to nearby farms that are free when they finish building a new farm.
  • Players will no longer be matched on maps that are not in the current map pool.
  • Fixed an issue in Ranked play where Black Forest would launch unexplored, and other maps would show up as explored when not intended.
  • Fixed an issue where AI-controlled players would fail to lure boars in certain circumstances.
  • Fixed a visual issue with the rendering of ranked map tabs.

Discuss of 24 comments

  • twojarl7 August 7, 2020

    I can't wait for MegaRandom to come back to the map pool... You either love it or hate it, so the new Preferred Map option will be perfect for it!

  • cryster August 4, 2020

    After 4 years of faithfull gaming on AOE2, I stopped playing this season because my favorite map, i.e. nomad was took out from the map pool. Please remember that this map was on the top 3 of the maps played with arabia and arena back on the days.

  • idle-town-center August 2, 2020

    Since the last update, I've been facing a bug where units, specifically war galleys/galleons, appear as unselected. I can move and attack with the ships but their health bars, as well as the white circles that usually show on the base of selected units, do not display at all.

    Is anyone else facing this issue?

    I observed this in a couple Barbarossa missions (Lombard league, Barbarossa's March), but I imagine the issue must be more universal. It's just a minor annoyance in campaigns, but it would be a more serious issue in multiplayer water maps.

  • felipeelbravo July 29, 2020

    Thanks for the hotfix guys. Now we can really enjoy the cool features you added in the last patch.

  • ry5ter July 29, 2020

    Please fix trade carts getting stuck!!!

  • de282sh July 28, 2020

    There’s an issue in the first Vietnamese campaign

    If you bring a regular relic and drop it off with the monks in the south corner

    The monk starts saying the same line over and over again and garrisoning and ungarrisoning the relic
    The only way to stop it is to steal really quickly and the constant script stops

    When you bring them the relic cart, the villages never flip to your side

    • panorama July 31, 2020

      In my opinion the entire first mission of Le Loi should be remade to make it easier. For example at least we would get some rewards after liberating each village, or we only need to ensure that EITHER instead of BOTH allies will survive until victory

  • llll July 28, 2020

    Thanks for the update. Please take a look at server pick algorithm. Random Team game server location is far too often picked as brazil even though most if not all players are not from that region.
    The result is very bad ping for me as a european player, though i heard that asians/indians have it worse with pings of 400+.
    Please fix this issue asap, high pings like this make the game extremely unenjoyable.

    I suggest to give a server location option to choose from as players, so i can pick whether i want faster queue times or better ping.
    US (east) servers for example are fine for me as european with ~110 ping. Not optimal but still managable.

  • fus-rft_wintorez July 28, 2020

    In this patch, you broke the viewing of old games ..

  • elo-musk July 28, 2020

    Still only getting 3fps even in the startmenu. Same as without the hotfix.

  • dmitryo325 July 28, 2020

    Good afternoon, dear devs! Thank you for the fix! However, when I click on the tab "Campaign", drops from FPS are observed (from update 39284). Fix, please!


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