Hello again, my kings and queens of the battlefield! It’s that time again: another monthly release with yet another small—albeit important—update for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Today’s build comes with a bunch of crash and performance improvements for the game, many of which are direct results of the new Public Update Preview program (or PUPP). All of you who jumped in to experiment with the build and troubleshoot with the team have been WONDERFUL, and we will be creating a NEW development build this month to continue working with those of you experiencing issues. You can look for that build information on the Steam forum and in the PUPP section, below!

For now, here’s a quick look at what’s landing in the game today:

  • Enjoy an all-new Women of History event! Unlock new profile icons, new mods, and a brand-new cheat code!
  • Numerous crash fixes and performance improvements, including an out of sync fix related to building placement
  • Fixed several issues related to the placement of building foundations in the fog of war
  • Units should no longer be able to path through walls to attack enemy units
  • No more black terrain tiles in the Scenario Editor!

We’ve got a lot more in store for the April release, and want to continue working with you to identify and prioritize improvements. Whether you’re encountering issues or have a new feature in mind for the game, the team is always looking for the consensus of the community over on our official channels.

Thanks again to those amazing champions who helped us get this month’s build together! Plenty more to come; until then, we’ll see you on the battlefield! ⚔

—The Age of Empires Team


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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 46295

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 46295

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!


Along with the handful of fixes this month, we’re introducing a new event for you to score some new rewards in-game!

The Women of History Event

👑 March 24 – April 14 👑

We’re continuing the celebration of history’s most magnificent women with the Women of History event! History is full of influential and powerful women who challenged the views and expectations of their times in the name of equality; knowing the challenges that exist in society now—and remembering the challenges that have been overcome in the past—is how we continue to move forward together.

To celebrate these achievements, we’ve prepared a set of themed challenges and rewards to unlock during the Women of History event!

  • Unlock a brand new Cheat code!
  • Unlock the Queen visual replacement for the King unit!
  • Unlock the Princess Yodit visual replacement for your Gbeto!
  • Enjoy 3 free profile icons, and three more you can unlock!

New Rewards!

Starting TODAY through APRIL 14, complete daily in-game tasks to unlock event-themed goodies:

DAY ~ 🎯 Sign into Xbox Live.
🏆 Unlocks the Princess Yodit profile icon.
💾 *Required* if you want to save any rewards unlocked during the event!

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

DAY 1 🔒 Train 20 Gbeto in any one game.
🧱 Unlocks the Princess Yodit Visual Replacement mod for the Gbeto.
DAY 2 🔒 Win a Skirmish or Multiplayer match playing as the Franks, Burgundians, or Britons.
🏆 Unlocks the Jeanne d’Arc profile icon.
DAY 3 🔒 Research the Sappers technology available in the Castle in any one game.
⌨ Unlocks the grab your pitchforks’ cheat code, which transforms all your Villagers into Flemish Militia.
DAY 4 🔒 Win a Skirmish or Multiplayer match playing as the Burgundians, Franks or Teutons.
🏆 Unlocks the Jacqueline of Hainaut profile icon.
DAY 5 🔒 Play a Skirmish or Multiplayer match using Regicide Game mode. 
🧱 [Mod] Unlocks the Queen Visual Replacement mod, which re-skins the King.

As an additional bonus, several new icons have been added for everyone to enjoy—a celebration of some of the historical heroines of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition!

Princess Yodit playing Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

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!

We hope you enjoy this month’s Women of History event!

—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.

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

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

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

The Women of History event concludes April 14.

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.


Stability & Performance

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when returning to the ranked lobby following the Benchmark Test.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could be triggered by multiple players spamming taunts simultaneously in a Custom Lobby, thus taunting the game into an early gg.
  • Fixed a unique out-of-sync error triggered by placing a building foundation over another player’s unexplored building after a third player had already resigned from the match.
  • Improved the performance when playing a scenario with a large number of triggers. This is done by halting checks for the trigger conditions of a trigger after one condition has already failed.
  • Fixed a variety of crashes triggered during gameplay.


  • The Burgundian and Sicilian articles in the History compendium now play the correct background tracks for their civilizations.


  • Updated the tooltips of fortifications to clarify which types of units increase the number of projectiles fired when garrisoned.
  • Fixed a visual issue where the reward text of event mods appeared off-center in the completion notifications.


  • The post-game menu can now be navigated using the keyboard.
  • The narrator will now skip certain in-game notifications in some languages.


  • Donjon foundations no longer prevent a player from being defeated. (Go, now, and die with honor!)
  • Fixed an issue where the minimap would display the location of enemy Gate foundations.
  • Building foundations are now automatically cancelled when Villagers attempt to begin construction if placed over an obstacle previously hidden by the fog of war .
  • Fixed an issue where buildings could be constructed on top of enemy players’ buildings under specific circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue where allied building foundations yet to begin construction were visible in the fog of war.


Random Map Scripting

  • Fixed an issue where effect_percent would not apply the correct value assigned by the command.



  • Fixed an issue where units would not be able to path correctly through gates or the ruins of destroyed objects. This issue affected several official campaign scenarios, such as the fourth mission of the Sicilian Hautevilles campaign.
  • Fixed an increasingly rare issue where units could path through walls to attack enemy units.


  • Fixed an issue where object-data-carry didn’t work with Farm objects.


Scenario Editor

  • Attempting to save a file using invalid characters will no longer result in the Editor entering a bugged state.
  • The civilization bonuses of the Chinese and Mayan civs (bonus Villagers) as well as the Inca (bonus Llama) now work properly in scenarios. The bonus units will no longer spawn every time the scenario is loaded or when the civilization choices are updated.
  • Generating a random map in the Editor will no longer result in certain terrain textures being displayed as an infinite black void.



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:

  • Crashes in Campaign/Standard Matches: We’re seeing continued reports that some users are experiencing crashes when trying to play Campaign or Standard matches. We’ve added some additional logging to help us track these down, and we’ve been getting helpful information from that logging in recent PUP builds. If your game is crashing, we ask that you reach out to our Support Team for solutions and to provide our team with more information about the issue. You may be asked to submit files that give us important information about why you’re experiencing problems, and perhaps even directed to PUPP to help us confirm if we’ve been able to resolve your issue.

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


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.

Public Update Preview Program (PUPP) - April

We’ll be launching the Public Update Preview for April pretty much straight away as we get right back to work with the Community to identify game crashes or freezes and their root causes. If you’re experiencing any kind of problem playing the game, the Public Update Preview is a great place to let us know and work directly with our Developers to find a solution. This has already proven useful in helping us track down problems and deliver fixes in the March Update, and we very much hope to continue this trend in the months to come.

Here are some of the issues we believe we’ve fixed in this month’s PUPP build:

  • This build contains a fix for a game freeze reported by several users, which we were able to diagnose thanks to additional logging and Support Requests provided by users in March’s PUP forum. If you were experiencing a game freeze before and the PUPP build resolves issue, please visit the forum to let us know.
  • We’ll be following up with individual users to ask for similar feedback.

You can stop by the Steam forum for the April edition of the Public Update Preview, here:

* Note that you will need to be signed in to Steam to view the PUP forum and threads.

Discuss of 28 comments

  • tncheng97 April 15, 2021
    Another gameplay balance suggestion here. If the nomad upgrade can make building return 30% of its cost after they are destroyed, in addition to let houses retain their population upkeep, that will make early imperial age snowball much less devastating in a Mongol mirror matchup
  • tncheng97 April 8, 2021
    I want to make another suggestion. Buff infantry units like champion, woad raider, berserk, Jaguar, samurai (etc.) so that people will have easier time dealing with Huskarl. A fantastic idea would be making supply much cheaper, and reduce the food cost for unique castle infantry as well. (As long as Huskarl is not buffed).
  • overc0nfidence0 April 5, 2021
    Can you please make it so, that mods that adds new techs to the game don't need a separate mod set up to read the name + cost of the tech, when you hower over them?
  • xumpyy April 3, 2021
    I see in Quick Play now their is no team chat, everyone I've talked to including myself are not a fan as we use this to warm up for the Ranked ladder. The enemy knows your next move unless you're in a teamspeak/discord. Also villagers are pathing in weird ways when set to do things past blocked gates.
  • kikealex88 April 3, 2021
    Hello, I started the game and it marks me the event is not available, which is weird, I check this the 3th of April, so it should be still there.
  • irc-ketchup April 1, 2021
    Crash crash crash
  • polarcolt904845 March 31, 2021
    I have the same problem, my game crash after 15 min or 20 min after game starts
  • amagno-g March 31, 2021
    The error continues to persist, the game is stunned after a few minutes of starting, it is already exasperating not being able to play since the expansion to Lords of the wets does not work ...
  • acecard32543944 March 28, 2021
    Some fixes here for Italian translation (I don't belong to developers team, so it's an unofficial patch): https://forums.ageofempires.com/t/a-bugfix-for-steam-italian-translation-by-myself/119924 I expected to find the first "Costruisci falegnameria" in these release (the other two fixes have been found now) but I didn't...
  • o-o-3 March 28, 2021
    hey dear developers i'm using microsoft version of the game and I'm just getting matched with mircosoft players, also the fps drop that caused by the last hotfix still not fixed, my fps still dropping from 200 to 40. pls fix these bugs. thx
  • narrowbubbles54 March 27, 2021
    Balanced _Vietnamese need remove the paper money to some thing like power for imperial age( foot archer my recommend) 2: reduce rattan archer price, to 40w 45g or 50w 40g. + delete delay shoot for = speed shoot of archer line
  • tncheng97 March 26, 2021
    To the balance team, It is a good idea to make Saracen monastery and university cost only 75 wood! I dislike the camel +10 hp bonus and the update on zealotry upgrade. Instead giving some buff to castle age mameluke without buffing camel will be awesome. The CA bonus against building was awesome too (as long as they are not OP enough to replace siege units).
  • il-bact March 25, 2021
    Maybe there is a search toolbar when selecting maps? I find it very difficult every time when I create a game room, finding the exact map as I want it takes a lot of time, while if I have a search toolbar it only takes a few seconds.
  • sushsar March 25, 2021
    After this update I can no longer replay recorded game played with previous versions..
    • julix-2 March 27, 2021
      That happens with every update, sadly there's no fix
    • sushsar March 25, 2021
      Getting out of sync error while replying recorded game within few seconds of start
  • rmundell March 25, 2021
    after this update I can no longer see any of the mods I have subscribed to, or access the campaigns from this forum
  • juroe March 25, 2021
    Soooo... After this update my game is still crashing in the middle of playing. What a joke this is, been happening for awhile now. I think I just want a refund for all these AOE games I've bought
    • webjose March 27, 2021
      Or you may join PUPP as described above and help the developers help you. Your choice.
  • legitti March 25, 2021
    Great stuff as always, keep it going.
  • tythesly256 March 25, 2021
    Jesus how long does it take to fix the achievement issues for Turkish Delight and Smoke on the Water. This is ridiculous.
  • apolo8020 March 24, 2021
    Desde la última actualización, antes de esta, el juego se congela como a los 10 min de juego, aun se sigue congelando con esta actualización :(
    • webjose March 27, 2021
      Únete al programa PUPP descrito en la nota y ayuda a los desarrolladores a ayudarte y a otros que padecen igual. Yo no puedo porque uso XBox, no Steam.
  • cerb410 March 24, 2021
    Can we get in game chat ? Like in clans?? That would be awesome
    • webjose March 27, 2021
      Not sure what you mean. In-game chat has always been available.
  • soclueless91 March 24, 2021
    hey guys, is it only me or the vills look a bit smaller since the update?
  • pilgrimhyr March 24, 2021
    "The Burgundian and Sicilian articles in the History compendium now play the correct background tracks for their civilizations." What... I don't even know there are civ-specific background tracks. Why don't you remove the stupid history BGM so that we could hear them?
  • rvk-spr1ng March 24, 2021
    When will bugs that cause lag spikes when a building is deleted or a player clicks up to next age be fixed?
  • fronstermog March 24, 2021
    Love your work fellas. Keep going and I'll keep buying.
  • aaaoeelbipper March 24, 2021
    Please fix the issue of lagging when user clicking next age.
  • ongarelli173 March 24, 2021
  • dehan March 24, 2021
    I played a couple of standard games to check my mods and watch new updates on the game, and i have one question, from that couple of games i played, i played with burgundians, sicilians, goths and franks, but the problem is that when i played with burgundians and sicilians, the theme when the game already started it doesn't sound, like a cut, but when it's with another civs (from age of kings to last khans) i can hear that theme really good and without problems
  • jjforcebreaker March 24, 2021
    Great update, thanks for your work! Could I ask for adding even artwork download links to the update notes?

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