Happy October, Age fans!

As we move into the final stretch of the year, we’re continuing our monthly release schedule with another small changelist for the game. Today’s build focuses on some key Villager improvements identified by the community, AI improvements for hardcore players, and some audio fixes that benefit the modding community. As has also become the standard, it also comes with a new event: this time celebrating the recent launch of Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition with some exclusive crossover content for you to enjoy.

As many of you have guessed, next month is when we’re targeting the drop of our massive anniversary update! There’s still time to identify fixes and tweaks you’d like to see, so be sure to visit our discussion channels to leave your thoughts:

We hope you enjoy this month’s release, look forward to hearing from you, and can’t wait to see you on the battlefield!

—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 show you on Build 41855

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 show you on Build 41855

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

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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!


Here are some of the biggest highlights coming with this month’s update:

Age of Empires III: DE Launch Celebration

October 20 – November 3

Exactly 14 years and 362 days since its arrival, Age of Empires III now has a Definitive Edition to usher in a new beginning for the youngest game in the franchise! We’re ecstatic to celebrate the launch of the new and improved game—so excited, in fact, that we only made you wait 5 days to join the fun! That’s because today marks the beginning of the October celebration, which is themed around the newest member of the family: Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition! So grab your favorite capybara and join in for two weeks of fun, games, and (of course) exclusive unlocks!

  • Unlock three new Profile Icons, including legendary capy-boi, Barry!
  • Unlock two new mods, including a Great Bombard Cannon statue for your Town Center and Capybara Projectiles for your siege machines.
  • Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition owners can also unlock a third mod that changes your Hand Cannoneers to Musketeers!
  • Unlock a new audio mod to add that special, Age III gunpowder sound to your shooty-bois!

New Rewards!

Starting TODAY through NOVEMBER 3, complete daily in-game tasks to unlock event-themed goodies:

DAY ~ 🎯 Sign into Xbox Live.
🏆 Unlocks the Musketeer profile icon.
💾 *Required* if you want to save any rewards unlocked during the event!
DAY ~ 🔒 Earn the “Imperial Age” achievement in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition.
🏆 Unlocks a mod that replaces your Hand Cannoneers with Musketeers.
💾 Xbox Live Sign required in both games to verify achievement.
📝 The mod must be activated manually in Age II: DE when unlocked.

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

DAY 1 🔒 Play any standard game.
🏆 Unlocks the Great Bombard Statue Town Center mod.
DAY 2 🔒 Herd 8 livestock in one single- or multiplayer game.
🏆 Unlocks the Capybara profile icon.
DAY 3 🔒 Cumulatively deplete at least 5 berry bushes in games.
🏆 Unlocks the Capybara Cannonball mod.
DAY 4 🔒 Kill 5 enemy villagers in one game.
🏆 Unlocks the Inca Maceman profile icon.
DAY 5 🔒 Cumulatively build at least 50 farms in games.
🏆 Unlocks the Age III Gunpowder Audio mod.

Keep it Forever!

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

—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, only one challenge can be completed 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 Age of Empires III: DE Launch Celebration concludes November 3.

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.

Q: I completed the 'Imperial Age' achievement but don't see my Musketeers. What do I do?

First off, make sure that you’ve signed into Xbox Live in both Age of Empires III: DE and in Age of Empires II: DE. This is required so the games can detect your achievement status.

The mod itself will not be automatically enabled in the game, so you will need to navigate to your Event Mods collection and activate it manually:

  1. Click your Profile Icon on the main menu.
  2. Select Event Mods (under Collection).
  3. Check the event mod you want to enable!



  • Fixed an issue where Villagers which began working before the discovery of the Wheelbarrow and Hand Cart would not be issued the tools, and thus would not benefit from their increased efficiency, until re-tasked.
  • Restarting a scenario which enables the ‘Villager Force Drop’ setting will no longer activate that setting in standard games when tasking Villagers to collect another resource.
  • Fixed a rare issue where Villagers would not collect the full resource value from a mine. An example is where a stone mine would be depleted after collecting 349 of the 350 stone normally available.
  • Fixed a rare issue where buildings would disappear in the fog of war layer of certain campaign missions with the “shared visibility” flag enabled.
  • Units in the “Land Battles” Art of War scenario will no longer be invisible (and consequently, counterproductive to teaching the concepts at hand)—another symptom of the above bug.



  • Fixed a rare issue where the Extreme AI would, without any strategic reasoning or clear benefit, choose to deploy units to the left corner of the map.
  • Fixed a rare issue where the Extreme AI would, in certain circumstances, adopt a passive, non-violent philosophy of war until attacked.


  • sn-enable-patrol-attack now works correctly in combination with Town Size Attacks (TSA).


  • Audio mods will now take effect immediately without the need to restart the game.
  • Fixed an issue where modifying a unit’s voice for a single civilization would silence that unit’s voice for any other civilizations not also present in the mod package.

Discuss of 11 comments

  • pig-3 November 18, 2020
    xpiral, puro wom
  • gooseberry October 23, 2020
    Anyone having issues with herding 8 livestock challenge? I swear I've done it like 10 times but I never receive the award.
    • waii October 26, 2020
      me too
  • trophichater October 23, 2020
    the rank its falling all the time
  • kinquest October 22, 2020
    This version fixes some other issues for me, aside from the ones mentioned in the change list: * The list of saved games / replays loads much faster * The Hotkeys page loads is faster * The list of unranked lobbies loads faster
  • ry5ter October 22, 2020
    Nice little fixes, especially the hand cart and wheelbarrow upgrades not applying. However still trade carts are getting stuck on markets and causing infuriation. Please fix this!
  • roxark-shrestha October 21, 2020
    About 30-40% of the games gets disconnected ("lost connection to the server, trying to reconnect"). This happens mostly in 3v3 or 4v4. I tried to find a fix but there is no fix from the user end. Upon searching if anyone else are having similar problems, I found hundreds of players who have the exact issue; gets disconnected even when the pc has stable internet connection. Fixing this disconnection issue would be Priority #1 for players like me. My plan is to play 10-12 ranked games a day (70-84 games every week), but because of this issue I play only around 2-3 games a day (14-21 games every week). AOE2 is my most favorite game, I love this game so so much. But, I find it hard to recommend it to others because of the disconnection issue the game has. Hopefully, someone who has the ability to get the process of fixing this issue started reads this post, and the issue gets fixed in the near future. Love you all.
    • hussar17767 October 23, 2020
      Very important issue!
  • gregrising October 21, 2020
    Thank you for the event update ❤️
  • dengood October 21, 2020
    this is all empty, it would be better to change the appearance of units to more original ones
    • dengood October 21, 2020
      or fixed a bug with fleeing units
  • celtickeeper October 21, 2020
    Good day, thank you for the update, I love the Inca and capybara profile Icons, I shall endeavour to achieve thwose two rewards. But Musketeers? If you want 1600s AD Musketeers, go play AoE3, they are brilliant in there. Why not rather make the aoe2de elite Jannesaries look like the Ottoman Jannesaries , or, have the Mamluke cav (AoE3 mercenary unit) replace all the ME civ Paladins in aoe2?The Russian cav archers in aoe3 could be perfect for Slav heavy cav archers . Or make the Ninja the Jappanese champion. Or have the AoE3 Indian camel replace all the Asian heavy camels ? Or port over all the Inca and Aztec warriors and villagers into the AoE2DE Messo civs? There are so many historical units in aoe3 that can work beautifully in AoE 2. Gift us that! By all means please add aoe3 content into Aoe2 but please only port over the historically relevant units (Of which there are a plethora) .
    • webjose October 23, 2020
      This would be no fun. Why should they be limited to historically appropriate changes? They aren't permanent, so there is no real "harm" in historical inaccuracy. Were you this displeased when you saw beach balls? It is just a mod to celebrate. They probably decided for the hand cannoneer because it covers more civs than Janissaries, which only covers a single civ.
  • felipeelbravo October 21, 2020
    Thanks for the new stuff guys, especially to the attention to the villager's mechanics. Now we are hot on events here.... and as Halloween is approaching, I thought it would be a great opportunity to ask for bringing the classical skeletons back from the old game. No mod can replace that smooth/realistic body decay.
    • celtickeeper October 21, 2020
      Yes please! We need the realistic bodies and blood, it is war after all.

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