Good day, fellow tacticians!

May marks the six-month milestone since the arrival of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition this past November, and we’re just as excited today as we were on day one—even as we now work, play, and enjoy the game from the safety of our homes. We hope you’re staying healthy, safe, and taking the time to play and escape from the world when it’s needed the most!

Today’s update introduces new changes, content, and improvements to keep up with our growing community: including a new in-game event to test your skills as well as major improvements to the stability and playability of the game. Here’s the tl;dr list of the highlights:

  • Fixed the infamous “5 Minute Disconnect!”
  • The Malay now prioritize speed over stamina when Aging Up!
  • Implemented various balance changes and fixes for civilizations, units, and maps!
  • Improved the AI to put up a better fight (or be a better partner) on the battlefield!
  • Added several localization fixes for several languages!
  • Introducing the May-hem Event: celebrating the quirkiness of Age of Empires II!

As always, the full list of changes can be found below while the conversation happens over on our community channels!



Be safe, everyone, and we hope you enjoy the latest changes to Age of Empires II!

—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 37650

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 37650

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

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

BUILD SPOTLIGHT

While there is plenty of notable fixes and features to which to look forward in today’s build, here are some of the big highlights coming with the May update:

The May-hem Event!


💥 May 27 – June 9 💥


It’s that time again! With the May update comes a brand-new festival for you to enjoy—THE “MAY-HEM” EVENT—when we’re celebrating the love of the game by spotlighting the community’s unique approaches, discoveries, and favorite moments in Age of Empires over the last 20+ years.

Here’s what we’ve pulled together for you to enjoy during the event:

  • Three new Profile Icons!
  • Three event-exclusive visual mods!
  • Train your sheep to be even better scouts!
  • Discover unique, Age-themed Easter Eggs hidden in the game!
  • Unlock the new Mayhem Menu Background for the duration of the event.

Starting TODAY through JUNE 9, check back daily to unlock new challenges and new event content:

🎯 Sign into Xbox Live.
🏆 Unlocks the Mayhem La Hire profile icon.

🎯 Play the ‘Early Economy’ Art of War mission and obtain a Silver or Gold medal.
🏆 Unlocks the Town Center Trophies Decoration mod.

🎯 Train at least three monks.
🏆 Unlocks the Mayhem Scout Sheep profile icon and the Monk Unit Conversion FX mod.

🎯 Train at least 99 villagers over the course of any number of games.
🏆 Unlocks the Calculating Research FX mod.

🎯 Build at least 20 wall sections over the course of any number of games.
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Unlocks the Mayhem Teuton profile icon.

🎯 Use a sheep to scout an animal.
🏆 Unlocks the Sheep Scouting behavior: your sheep will magically learn the auto-scout ability in campaign missions and single player matches.

There are also four new Easter Eggs to seek out in the game—two of which are permanent additions! Can you find them all?

🔲 🐘 ???

🔲 👑 ???

🔲 🥌 ??? (Event Exclusive)

🔲 🕚 ??? (Event Exclusive)

Don’t forget to sign into Xbox Live; doing so will ensure that you get to keep all the mods and profile icons you unlock during the event! We hope you enjoy this celebration of the community, as well as everything else coming with today’s update!

—The Age of Empires Team

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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, you can only unlock one challenge per day (after the initial two challenges). 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 May-hem Event concludes on June 9.

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 and prioritize your mods, visit this article.

Q: How does the 'Town Center Trophies Decoration' mod work?

With this new mod, your Town Center will update and display trophies based on your successes in the Art of War missions. There are four possible versions of the Town Center that can be unlocked:

  • Bronze = 1-9 points
  • Silver = 10-18 points
  • Gold = 19-26 points
  • Platinum = 27 points

Each medal you earn (in each of the nine Art of War scenarios) adds to your point total:

🥇 Gold Medal = 3 points
🥈 Silver Medal = 2 points
🥉 Bronze Medal = 1 point

The more silver and gold medals you earn, the more stylish your Town Center becomes!

Q: Do I have to re-earn a Silver Medal to unlock the 'Early Economy' challenge?

Yes. Even if you already have a silver medal in the ‘Early Economy’ Art of War mission, you will need to complete the scenario again during the event—earning a silver medal or better—to complete and unlock the challenge.

The "5-Minute Disconnect" Fix

After months of back-and-forth collaboration with the community, we’ve managed to isolate and implement several fixes for the notorious “5-Minute Disconnect” issue

  • Fixed an issue which resulted in specific routers disconnecting from the servers 4-5 minutes after starting a match.

The team worked hard to uncover all of the potential causes of the problem, but could not have reached this conclusion without the help of those affected. We appreciate the time and energy spent by everyone who participated in the conversation, shared their experience with the issue, or who simply kept us updated about its impact on the community!

Special Thanks!

A VERY special thanks goes to the following people, who went above and beyond to provide the information and details that ultimately helped us identify a solution:

  • moogles (Steam Forum)
  • Hectornauta (Official Forum)
  • Thylomer (Discord)

Additionally, we’d like to send our thanks to several people who stepped up in a big way: by providing information, working with others, and helping the community productively (and constructively) work towards solutions:

  • CelticFC (Official Forum)
  • FoggyCartoon962 (Official Forum)
  • HeftyTeacher972 (Official Forum)
  • Kz0rViSioN (Official Forum)
  • LordAlex1031 (Official Forum)
  • LordofApollo (Official Forum)
  • MarioHosmar (Official Forum)
  • t. (Steam Forum)
  • Zetnus (Steam Forum)

Finally, a shout-out to the people who helped keep conversation about the issue on-track and organized:

  • -Dare Devil/x/ (Steam Forum)
  • RadiatingBlade (Official Forum)
  • Yorok0 (Official Forum)

Please note that local ISP and hardware issues can still result in disconnects from the game—we have, unfortunately, not solved “the internet” (at least, not yet). Please continue to report new issues that impact your ability to play: making sure to include your network information, logs, and any other relevant details. We will continue to monitor for these reports and work to improve things on our end.

GAME STABILITY

  • The game will no longer crash when using the “marco,” “polo,” or “i r winner” cheat codes when playing a custom campaign.
  • Implemented fixes to address a variety of crashes.

GAMEPLAY

  • Fixed an issue where players could research technologies instantaneously, at no cost, and/or more than once.
  • The Malay now properly advance through the Ages 66% faster than other civs instead of with 166% more style.
  • Doubled the maximum scrolling speed threshold for players who want to see more of the map in less time.
  • Siege Workshops constructed next to walls can no longer be used to spawn units on the opposite side of said walls in certain circumstances.
  • Khmer Villagers will now continue constructing houses after garrisoning and being sent back to work.
  • Fixed a visual issue where the rubble of destroyed buildings could be seen through the Fog of War.
  • Fixed an issue where attacking the sides (aka the “gatehouse towers” or “barbicans”) of a gate would not trigger the attack notification sound.
  • Fixed a rare issue which allowed units to be queued and trained at the wrong building.
  • Dolphins will no longer remain on the map once they’ve been depleted. (“So long, and thanks for the food!”)

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The Homeless achievement can now only be unlocked when a player wins a game after deleting their starting Town Center. This addresses an issue where it could be earned without fulfilling the requirements.

CIVILIZATION BALANCE

General

The Supplies technology is no longer available to the ChineseCumans, Huns, Khmer, Lithuanians, Mayans, Mongols, and Tatars.

Watch Towers can no longer be built in the Dark Age if one is automatically generated at the start of the match (e.g. on the Fortress map).

Hussar: Reduced the length of the attack animation from 1.89 to 1.35 seconds (equivalent to Light Cavalry). This does not increase their DPS, but improves their ability to chase and harass targets.

Aztecs

The civilization bonus which decreases the training time of military units now does so by 10% (was 15%).

Burmese

The bonuses granted by the Manipur Cavalry upgrade are no longer partially-blocked by the Masonry tech.

Indians

The team bonus to damage dealt by Camels to structures is no longer blocked by the Masonry or Architecture upgrades, and now applies to all buildings, as intended.

UNITS

 Elephant Archer [Standard & Elite]: Reduced the reload time of attacks from 2.5 to 2.0 seconds.
Elephant Archer [Standard & Elite]: Reduced the cost to train from 80 to 70 gold.

Mayans

El Dorado: Increased the time to research the upgrade from 50 to 70 seconds.

Saracens

Zealotry: Reduced the cost to research the upgrade from 800 to 700 gold.

CAMPAIGNS

  • Objective timers are now displayed properly after re-loading a saved game.

RANDOM MAPS

General

  • The way starting gold and stone nodes are generated has been revised to prevent situations where they fail to spawn entirely.
  • Updated how straggler trees are generated so they don’t straggle right next to forests.
  • Updated how predator animals are generated on several maps.

Maps

  • Continental: Extra gold and stone nodes have been adjusted to spawn per player in 1v1 maps.
  • Hill Fort: Adjusted the generation of starting gold and stone to prevent them from appearing right next to a player’s Town Center.
  • Islands: The way gold and stone nodes are generated has been revised to prevent situations where they fail to spawn completely.
  • Islands: Acacia trees have been replaced by Dragon and Palm trees.
  • Islands: The fifth relic spawned in a 1v1 match now appears on one of the small islands in the middle of the map.
  • Nomad: The logic when generating shore fish has been updated to distribute the nodes more evenly.
  • Kilimanjaro: Increased the starting food for each player by spawning four additional goats and two shore fish per person.
  • Kilimanjaro: Slightly increased the number of forested and mountain slope areas generated on the map.
  • Kilimanjaro: Distributed the extra gold nodes more evenly among players.
  • Kilimanjaro: Starting fish will now appear further from where berries have sprouted in the map.
  • Ravines: The starting food on the map has been updated to include: 10 Ibexes10 Geese, and 6 Berry Bushes.
  • Scandinavia: Adjusted the natural balance of predators on the map. Bears and wolves now claim their own territories and have organized in more consistently-sized groups.

Random Map Scripting

  • The number_of_tiles and land_percent commands no longer create larger lands than intended. (This affected a few standard maps, such as Arena.)

LOBBIES & MATCHMAKING

General

  • Removed the grace period where players could resign from a ranked match without losing ELO points.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from joining another multiplayer lobby after playing a custom scenario in the same session.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented player chat from appearing when playing a custom multiplayer scenario.

Ranked Map Rotation

Maps unique to each map pool are in bold.

The 1v1 map pool is as follows:

  • Arabia
  • Arena
  • Bog Islands
  • Continental
  • Golden Pit
  • Hill Fort
  • Kilimanjaro
  • MegaRandom
  • Mountain Pass

The Team map pool is as follows:

  • Arabia
  • Arena
  • Black Forest
  • Hill Fort
  • Lombardia
  • MegaRandom
  • Nomad
  • Scandinavia
  • Wolf Hill

AI

General

  • Added the first iteration of a new AI strategy: Fast Imperial Age! Allied computer players will now enact the strategy when deemed appropriate, or can be motivated by allies with Taunt 95.
  • Based on player feedback, several minor adjustments have been made to how AI players scale in regards to their difficulty setting.
  • Implemented several improvements to how AI-controlled players behave on migration-style maps. This includes checks to avoid abandoning their Scout unit or idling their Villagers after moving to a new land.
  • Improved how the computer responds to enemy tower rushes. AI players will now actively defend themselves with villagers and defensive structures, when possible.
  • Added logic to prevent situations where the AI would play overly-passive at the very wrong times.
  • At higher difficulty levels, AI-controlled military will now retreat outside of the range of enemy fortifications when appropriate.
  • Implemented several improvements to the AI’s strategic decision-making in an effort to make it more efficient.
  • Improved the ability of the AI to adapt to unorthodox map layouts.
  • Improved the way AI players communicate with teammates: including how they respond to taunts and the messages they send in chat.

In addition to the above changes, we’ve made several adjustments to the computer logic when set to the Extreme difficulty:

  • Fixed several instances where an AI-controlled player would surrender despite still having strong allies.
  • AI players will now pick their fights more effectively: taking less engagements when they are at a disadvantage.

Scripting

  • up-get-object-type-data now functions with units which are not available.
  • Added new object-data commands to collect capture flag and capture object information:
  • object-data-ownership is ID 83
  • object-data-capture-flag is ID 84
  • The AI can now task heroes to explore in non-scenario matches.
  • up-remaining-boar-amount now returns 65535 if there is no valid boar.
  • up-retreat-to now supports unit lines.
  • load-random now works as intended.

UI

  • Continued making adjustments to the in-game profanity filter to better-cater to the communication styles of the Age audience.
  • Adjusted how icons are displayed when the “Display Future Items” option is enabled to better-distinguish between those that are not yet available and those that cannot be afforded.
  • Implemented a setting to mute or continue playing the game’s audio when the application is not in focus.
  • The post-game timeline can no longer be modded to display during a match while it is still being played. It can, however, still be accessed during replays and spectator mode, and will no longer crash the game upon conclusion of the match.
  • Fixed an issue where the in-game chat would not be displayed in recorded games.
  • Limited the framerate of out-of-game menus to 60 FPS.

Localization

GENERAL

  • Taunts 7, 9, 11, and 26 will now use the original localized audio when possible.

CHINESE

  • Corrected sentences where “unlocked” was mistranslated as “not unlocked”
  • Updated the name of the Turkish language in the settings menu.
  • Corrected multiple text strings where the punctuation displayed at the start of the line rather than the end.
  • Corrected a text/audio mismatch in the following Art of War missions:
  • Destroying a Castle
  • Land Battle

FRENCH

  • Updated the translation of Men at Arms to be consistent throughout the game.
  • Corrected errors in the hint text for the Destroying a Castle (Art of War) scenario.
  • ‘Spain Spanish’ is no longer described as ‘Latin American Spanish’ in the language settings.
  • Added translations for the Menu Narration and Chat Narration settings in the Audio menu.

GERMAN

  • Updated the text of the Fire with Fire achievement to accurately reflect its requirements.

HINDI

  • Fixed the truncation of Hindi characters on the main menu.

ITALIAN

  • Updated the faction team names throughout the Genghis Khan 1 (‘Crucible’) mission.
  • Updated the faction team names throughout the Montezuma 2 (‘The Triple Alliance’) mission so as to remain consistent.
  • Updated references to the city of Naissus (was Naisso).
  • Updated the translation of the Genitour unit to be consistent throughout the game.
  • Updated the name of a hut in the Pachacuti 3 (‘War of Brothers’) mission that would always display its name in English.
  • The name, Basarab, is now spelled correctly throughout the Dracula campaign.
  • The hotkey settings used to Create Group and Select Group have been updated for consistency.
  • Updated the translation for Group Commands in the hotkeys menu.
  • Updated the translation for the Chain Mail Armor technology.
  • Fixed several instances of truncated text in the multiplayer tabs.
  • Fixed overlapping text on the Diplomacy screen.
  • Updated and corrected the hint text and scouting reports for the following missions:
  • Genghis Khan 1 (‘Crucible’)
  • Montezuma 2 (‘The Triple Alliance’)
  • Suryavarman 4 (‘Challenging a Thalassocracy’)
  • Tamerlane 1 (‘Amir of Transoxiana’)
  • Yodit 1 (‘Path of Exile’)
  • Corrected a text/audio mismatch during the opening slideshow of the following campaign missions:
  • Genghis Khan 1 (‘Crucible’)
  • Genghis Khan 5 (‘The Promise’)
  • Tamerlane 4 (‘Sultan of Hindustan’)

KOREAN

  • Added information that was missing from the descriptive text for foot archers.
  • Fixed overlapping text on the Diplomacy screen.
  • Corrected a text/audio mismatch in the following Art of War missions:
  • Battle Formations
  • Land Battle

PORTUGUESE

  • Fixed an issue where the “Full Tech Tree” label would overlap other UI elements.
  • Corrected a text/audio mismatch in the following Art of War missions:
  • Battle Formations
  • Destroying a Castle
  • Land Battle
  • Naval Battle

SPANISH (LATIN AMERICAN)

  • Updated the translation of Mangonels to be consistent throughout the game.
  • Updated the translation of “range” to be consistent throughout the Tech Tree.
  • Added the attack bonus to the descriptive text of the Recurve Bow technology.
  • Removed a redundant word from the description of the Kipchak unit.

SPANISH (SPAIN)

  • The Spanish word, “tú,” is no longer missing its accent.
  • Updated the translated name of the Elite Camel Archer unit.
  • Revised the translated text on the Scouting tab of the Honfoglalás scenario.
  • Added localized hint text that was missing from the Dracula 3 (‘The Breath of the Dragon’) mission.
  • Updated the Scouting reports for several campaign missions that were displaying information from an incorrect source.
  • Updated the descriptions of numerous buildings and weapons that were displaying information from an incorrect source.
  • Updated the translation of the following items to ensure consistency throughout the game: Trebuchet, Fire Galley, Food, Genoese Crossbowman, Knight, Longboat, Multiplayer, Siege Workshop, Skirmisher, Stable, Steppe Lancer, Town Center

TURKISH

  • Updated the History section to properly list civilizations in alphabetical order based on the Turkish language (rather than the English language).
  • Tooltip text is now properly localized in Turkish.
  • Updated the name of the Spanish language in the settings menu.

VIETNAMESE

  • Updated and corrected the introductory text in the following Art of War scenarios:
  • Battle Formations
  • Destroying a Castle
  • Naval Battle
  • Rushing the Enemy
  • Defending Against a Rush

GRAPHICS

  • Fixed a rare issue where particle effects (such as fires) would appear in the wrong places.
  • Bombard Cannons now have the correct anchor point, allowing them to reorient themselves more gracefully.
  • Fixed an issue with color corruption during the Dock destruction animations.

SCENARIO EDITOR

  • Players can now select and copy the last generated map seed by switching to seed mode within the Editor.

TERRAIN

  • Map Copy: The paint brush now has the same dimensions as the copied area.
  • Map Copy: Now properly copies over garrisoned objects.

TRIGGERS

  • The Facet property of the Create Object trigger now works with (and defaults to) -1 as a set value.
  • The Modify Attribute trigger now remembers the attribute even after updating the Quantity field.

ONGOING INVESTIGATION

As always, we are continuing to track issues reported by the community for future updates. Here is a brief update from our Production team regarding some of what is still in the works:

  • DISCONNECTS: We’ve made further changes that should improve connectivity for players—especially those who have been experiencing disconnects early on in Multiplayer matches. We’ll be monitoring these changes and gathering additional information where needed to help us follow-up and address additional bugs where we can find them.
  • COMMUNITY REPORTED ISSUES: For the past several months, we’ve been working through and resolving issues reported by you (the players). Please continue to visit our forums and let us know if you run into bugs while playing AoEII:DE—we prioritize your reports as we look at what we can do to fix them.
  • PATHFINDING: We’re aware of instances where melee units aren’t pathing appropriately when engaging stacks of enemy armies, and we’ll be working on addressing this in a future update.

For other known issues, please visit this page to see what’s being tracked!

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.

Discuss of 45 comments

  • coffee9242 June 2, 2020

    The empires2_x2_p1 file is not modified after patch 37650.
    Why do you make it like this?
    I want to make various mods.
    Please fix it again

    Reply
  • direwolf2nd May 30, 2020

    I am from Mumbai India and have been trying to download the game on Microsoft Store. Download just stops at the same point every time. Have tried every step I could find to reset the store etc. Even reinstalled windows fully. Nothing works. Is this an issue anyone else is facing?

    Reply
    • scarface-jag June 4, 2020

      Guys if you need we found 2 different solutions, you can use a VPN software and install again, or open teamviewer in your pc and take the control of it in your Phone, install again I don't know why, but it works.

    • scarface-jag June 2, 2020

      We have the same issue, in 3 different pcs with different accounts, and still damage.

    • chrispynugents June 2, 2020

      I have the same issue as alberto-3 and also tried everything suggested to fix to no avail. Hopefully someone comes up with a fix soon

    • alberto-3 June 1, 2020

      Yes, it happened to me and two friends at the same time when trying to update. It gets stuck at 281.4 mb every time. Also tried many fixes but nothing works.

  • benjlike May 30, 2020

    My Fps went down from 200 to 60 with this patch, vsync is off and I didn't change any setting. Any idea why?

    Reply
  • swungbeef47 May 30, 2020

    Was planning to buy a new PC and this game, but you have locked empires_x2_p1.dat in v37650 and made local MODs impossible for campaigns. I decide to give up. Thanks for saving my money.

    Reply
  • ageofarabia May 29, 2020

    I've been trying to play 4v4 ranked for the last hour and every time I match with players the timer counts down and we get no game. Instead of all these events such as 'May-hem' how about fix the mayhem that is aoe 2 DE. I never thought I would say this but the issues in this version are actually worse than the ones I experienced in HD (e.g. Malay up time not working as intended). It's real simple, fix this game (performance) or I really have no need to purchase aoe 4 when it comes out.

    Reply
  • xterde May 28, 2020

    Please, bring 11 back to what it was!! Miss the original laugh.

    Reply
  • pokeboy782 May 28, 2020

    Replays are bugged. They start but now you can only watch a fraction of the entire game. These even occur for games less than a week old.

    This replay feature is critical. Please fix this.

    Reply
    • straitginger138 May 29, 2020

      I'm having the same issue...

  • kastellan88 May 28, 2020

    To all the people getting the following error message when launching the game for the first time since the update:
    VCRUNTIME140_1.dll was not found

    Install the latest visual c++ redistributable and it should be fixed

    Reply
  • blastonguart May 28, 2020

    There was no reason why the original "So long, and thanks for all the fish!" wouldn't have worked in this context...

    Reply
    • novicetiara7631 May 30, 2020

      Apart from the fact that it's copyright, hey?

  • moorhuhn1990 May 28, 2020

    How can i get silver in Early economy?

    Reply
    • wedink504838973 May 30, 2020

      silverboi

    • chopsii May 29, 2020

      watch some guides by TheViper 🤣

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