Hail, explorers! WELCOME to a truly monumental week for Age of Empires and, in particular, Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition! That’s because today, we’re releasing a new contender to  join the fight for DE supremacy: the UNITED STATES!

On top of all the changes, features, and improvements coming with today’s build, the United States introduces a brand-new play style, a wide variety of strategic options and tactical tools for you to learn and master, and new armies to conquer the battlefield. With numerous unique units, unique buildings, unique cards, and a unique way to advance from Age to Age, the U.S. brings a ton of new functionality the game. Even better: if you don’t want to purchase and play with the civilization right away, you can unlock it for FREE by completing a set of challenges while exploring the history of all 50 states in the union!

Aside from the new civ, here’s a quick look at some of the other great changes coming your way in today’s build:

  • Lots and lots of crash fixes and stability improvements!
  • NEW unit categories to improve the readability of tooltips and application of effects
  • Removed the kill xp bonus from all construction wagons, and increased the health of more valuable wagons
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Home Cities and cards from being accessible during a story campaign
  • Units trained for free will now wait for the population space to spawn rather than being lost if unable to do so
  • Major updates to the number and availability of Outlaw units and Mercenaries
  • Balance tweaks to 13 civilizations, including the Aztec, Chinese, French, and Swedes
  • Updates to the Finland, Hungary, and  United States Revolutions
  • …and more!

With so many changes to the game, we won’t be surprised if you have a lot to talk about as you share your experience. As always, we want to hear how all these things change the game (both literally and figuratively). And as always, the best place to do that is over on our official channels:



Thank you for sharing in yet another major milestone for Age of Empires with us! We hope you enjoy the new civ and all the changes and look forward to sharing in all the adventures yet to come!

—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 23511

If you are unable to launch the game after downloading the update, make sure you add (or re-add) the Age of Empires III: 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 23511

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!

BUILD SPOTLIGHT

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

NEW CIV! The United States

“The ‘land of opportunity’ provided a new world for people from many nations, creating the famous melting pot of cultures. Expanding from militia forces skilled in skirmishing tactics and marksmanship to a professional army, the United States of America ensured its independence and impressive road to prosperity.”

Overview

Welcome the newest civilization to Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition: the United States! The United States is a highly diverse civilization with a wide array of tools from which to choose and create individual strategies, ensuring no match plays out the same. Their unique units, technologies, and Home City cards offer a variety of playstyles, including the ability to grow the Home City deck throughout the match—allowing United States players to adapt and evolve their gameplay on the fly.

CIVILIZATION FEATURES

  • Home City: Washington D. C. (+ customizations!)
  • Can levy Minutemen periodically
  • The US General can plant an Inspiring Flag. Nearby military units and buildings inflict more damage and are trained/constructed faster
  • The US General can construct Forts instead of Town Centers
  • Federate States replace traditional politicians, and add unique cards to the Home City deck over the course of a match

STARTING UNITS

  • General
  • 6 Settlers
  • 3 Crates of Food
  • 2 Cords of Wood
  • 1 Collection of Books 1

1 We’ve added new crate graphics that represent the game’s Experience resource. These Collections of Books contain knowledge that will allow your town to prosper, leading to additional support and backing from your Home City. The United States receives additional Experience in the form of Book Collections, allowing them to make more effective use of their Federal Cards (see below).

Learn More!

For a deep dive into the United States civilization, click the image below for a FULL introduction:

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U.S. Civ Wallpapers

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The United States Unlock Event

For a limited time, you can unlock the new United States civilization for FREE by completing 50 in-game challenges—each representing a state in the union and ordered by the date they joined the United States! Here’s how it works:

  • You can unlock 3 challenges (max) each day
  • Every 5 challenges, you will unlock a new Profile Icon (check them out below!)
  • Complete all 50 challenges to unlock the United States civilization
  • Read up on historical factoids about each state as you complete each challenge

Don’t forget to click “Begin” on each challenge to ensure they unlock as you work your way through the 50 states! Finish them all and the United States civilization is yours!

Want to play with the United States right away? Don’t worry; you can purchase the DLC directly from the Microsoft Store and Steam, where it will always be available for anyone who misses the event.

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Event F.A.Q.

Q: So you're telling me that I can unlock the new US civ for free?

Yep!

Q: Where can I find the challenges?

On the home screen, click the “United States Challenges” button in the upper right corner of the game window. This will take you to the challenges!

Q: I only completed one challenge today. Do I get to complete four tomorrow?

No. You can only ever complete three total challenges each day. That said, you should still have plenty of time to complete all 50 challenges and unlock the civilization.

Q: I didn't get credit for completing a challenge. What happened?

Make sure you click the “Begin” button on the challenge you want to complete before playing a match. Challenges do not unlock through normal play, and must be activated before they can be marked as complete.

If you’re unable to complete ANY challenge, make sure your online connection is stable while playing. You can also reach out to our support team for assistance if you continue to have trouble and can’t find a solution.

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

TBD! Don’t worry, though: we’ll let you know at least a month in advance before the United States civ unlock event ends.

Q: I want the civ but don't want to complete the challenges!

That’s okay! You can purchase and unlock the civilization on the Microsoft Store, on discount with Game Pass for PC, or on Steam. Click over to our Buy Now page to select your platform!

GAME

Stability & Performance

We’ve implemented several optimizations to the game shutdown code to ensure that error messages are displayed rather than crashing to the desktop without any messaging. This should help our support team diagnose your problem and provide the team with additional details that will help them fix longstanding stability issues.

  • Fixed a crash in the Home City code that could trigger when shutting down the game.
  • Fixed a rare crash triggered when saving and exiting a multiplayer game.
  • Fixed an issue where destroying too many buildings at the same time would crash the physics system.
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect bone data of previous frames could lead to TAA blurriness.
  • Fixed an issue which would result in tree models appearing blurry with TAA enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where the windowed version of the game would, in certain cases, appear blurry.

Graphics

  • Fixed an issue where unlocking Home City customizations with particles would fail to play them properly until the city was reloaded.
  • Visual updates to the range displays for accuracy and clarity.

Audio

  • Home City sounds from the main menu will no longer continue playing over the campaign screens.

UI

  • Sending a whisper to another player now displays the correct portrait and name on the sent message.
  • Updated the icon used for the 6 Militiamen card in the Indian tech tree.
  • Updated the name of the Hackapell to Harquebusier in the tech tree.
  • Updated the name of the Spanish Priest to Missionary in the tech tree.
  • Updated the name of the New Year Festival/Inti Festival to New Year Festival in the Lakota, Aztec, and Haudenosaunee tech trees.
  • Updated the listing of the Artillery Foundry from Age II to Age III in the French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish tech trees.
  • Fixed a bug where the flag of a revolting nation would fail to update to the new nation’s flag on the scoreboard.
  • Updated the tooltip text for the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons in the Player Summary menu.
  • Updated the tooltip text in the Diplomacy menu to clarify the difference between sending a single shipment of wood and sending an amount wood over time.
  • Updated the tooltip text of the search bar and sort buttons to accurately describe their function.
  • Updated the tooltip text of the ‘Unsubscribe’ button in the Browse Mods menu to properly describe its function.
  • Unit thumbnail icons of non-hero units will now also be displayed when they speak during a campaign scenario.

Many upgrades—such as TEAM cards and Arsenal upgrades—now have significantly shorter and more readable tooltips, though their behavior remains the same. This is because they apply their effects based to new unit categories rather than individual units:

  • AbstractRifleman = Rifle Infantry (i.e. Skirmisher, Strelet, Forest Prowler, Gurkha, Cheroke Rifleman, Jaeger)
  • AbstractFootArcher = Foot Archer (i.e. Crossbowman, Longbowman, Aenna, Cho-ku-nu, Carib Blowgunner, Iron Troop)
  • AbstractMusketeer = Musket Infantry (i.e. Musketeer, Janissary, Tomahawk, Sepoy, Highlander)
  • AbstractOutlaw = Outlaw (i.e. Renegado, Thuggee, Blind Monk)

We believe this change should also be a useful improvement for the modding community!

Hotkeys

  • Added a hotkey, [Q], to levy  Militiamen or  Sentry Uprising from the Town Center.
  • Added a hotkey, [W], to levy a  Conscription or  Town Defense at the Town Center.

Please note that if [Q] or [W] is already bound to another Town Center action (when using Legacy hotkeys), you may need to resolve this conflict before playing.

  • Fixed a bug where the prompt to assign a new hotkey couldn’t be activated by pressing [Enter] on the keyboard.

GAMEPLAY

General

  • Removed all “Kill XP” bounties from all construction wagons.

Since the loss of a wagon is in itself a significant blow to any player, we decided to remove the experience bonus granted in addition to the benefit of killing them during a match. All wagons were previously worth 60xp (regardless of the building they placed) before this change.

 Docks now ignore the placement restrictions when playing the Treaty game mode.
Settlers,  Villagers,  Pilgrims, and  Coureur des Bois now all contribute towards the same build limit.

  • Homestead Wagons can now also be used to construct  Houses (or equivalent buildings).
  • Where possible, the crates delivered by some cards and politicians have been merged to deliver the same quantity of resources in fewer crates.
  • Fixed an issue where ordering a non-gathering unit to move behind a tree would display the indicator on the tree itself.
  • Fixed an issue where certain trickle resources would not correctly contribute to the gathering rate average.

Fixes

  • Units spawned from buildings for free—such as Heavy Cannons at the Factory—will now wait for the population space to spawn rather than being lost entirely if blocked from doing so.
  • Fixed a rare bug where  Outpost or  Blockhouse Wagons obtained via Hungarian or Romanian cards could not be constructed upon delivery.
  • Fixed a bug where the game would fail to pause when prompted the first time.
  • Fixed an exploit where various units—such as Native Warriors—could be trained from any Trading Post, including those built along a trade route.

CAMPAIGN

  • Implemented a fix for a recently-introduced bug in the Fire and Shadow (Act II) missions which would prevent the Home City from being accessible.
  • Fixed a bug where cards selected during the campaign would fail to appear in players’ decks.

CIVILIZATION BALANCE

General

  • The  Saloon is now exclusive to the United States civilization, and has been overhauled with new features, cards, and interaction options.
  • All European civilizations now construct  Taverns rather than Saloons. The Indochina and Indonesia maps have been updated to reflect this change.
  • All Native American civilizations can now construct  Native Embassies as a default civilization feature. These can be used to train Wild West outlaw units—similar to the behavior of European Taverns.
  • [NEW] All Native American civilizations can now train the new Captured Mortar (V) unit in the Imperial Age from the  Native Embassy. This is an artillery unit with similar stats to the Howitzer, and which can be upgraded by Native upgrades—such as  Legendary Natives—as well as various Home City cards.
Captured Mortar (V, 350c 150f)

The Captured Mortar is the Native American equivalent of European Mortars.

  • Costs food instead of wood
  • Similar stats to Howitzers (upgraded Mortars)
  • Addresses a late game weakness shared by most Native American civilizations
  • Can only be constructed from the Native Embassy during the Imperial Age

The following mercenaries have been added to the random pool:

NEW! Napoleon Gun (III, 500c, 5 pop)

This artillery mercenary is a small but mighty field gun with an additional case shot attack.

  • Moves and fires quickly
  • Low costs, low hit points
  • Inflicts additional damage against ships
  • Performs similarly to an upgraded Swedish Leather Cannon, but is already available in the Fortress Age

NEW! Zouave (IV, 400c, 2 pop)

A quick, ranged, infantry mercenary with a lot of hit points.

  • Has less range than Jaegers but more hit points and armor
  • Its lack of negative and positive attack multipliers reduces the unit’s vulnerability against cavalry

Ronin (IV)
Yojimbo (IV)
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Iron Troops (IV)
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Jat Lancer (IV)
*

* Note that the training of YojimboIron Troops, and Jat Lancers at the Asian Monastery (by way of the various Atonement (II) cards) can still be done in the Fortress Age.

In addition to these, 3 random mercenaries (increased from 2) are now available in the  Saloon,  Tavern, and  Native Embassy. This change will increase the likelihood of there being trainable mercenaries in the Fortress Age, since a greater number of mercenaries are now available during the Industrial Age.

  • The  Native Embassy is now, once again, constructed by Villagers rather than Heroes. This addresses a gameplay issue in the Treaty game mode where it was exceptionally difficult to prevent enemies from constructing forward bases.

Now that Artillery can be trained from the Native Embassy, we no longer feel comfortable with the earlier change that shifted the burden of construction from Villagers to Heroes—a change originally introduced to accommodate the Dutch, who have more buildings than can be displayed on the Villager construction panel. To prevent this issue from reemerging, the Dutch now use  Envoys to construct their Native Embassies.

UNITS & BUILDINGS

We’ve made a change that should make the game less punishing and more survivable if a wagon accidentally arrives at a forward Home City spawn point:

  • Doubled the health of  Town Center Wagons,  Fort Wagons,  Stronghold Travois,  Factory Wagons, and  Bank Wagons, all of which now have 500 hit points.

We’ve made adjustments to several outlaw units in an effort to make them more appealing additions to your armies:

 Comanchero: Increased ranged attack damage from 16 19.
 Comanchero: Decreased range resistance from 30% 20%.
 Comanchero: Reduced the population cost from 7 6.
 Comanchero: Now has a Bull’s Eye charged action. When playing as the United States, the unit may make use of an extra powerful attack with greater range than usual every 30 seconds.
 Pistolero: Reduced cost from 85 80 coin.
 Pistolero: Reduced the population cost from 5 4.
 Pistolero: Doubled the rate of fire of the ranged attack, down from 3 1.5.
 Pistolero: Reduced ranged attack damage from 30 15.
 Pistolero: Now has a Quickdraw charged action. When playing as the United States, the unit may rapidly fire several shots by fanning the colt’s hammer every 30 seconds.
 Pistolero: Reduced the unit’s hand attack bonus against Cavalry from 3x 2x.
 Renegado: Increased cost of the unit from 90 100 coin.
 Renegado: Reduced the population cost from 6 5.
 Renegado: Improved the rate of fire of the ranged attack from 3 2.
 Renegado: Reduced ranged attack damage from 40 18.
 Renegado: Reduced the unit’s bonus damage versus Heavy Infantry from 2x 1.75x.
 Renegado: Now has a Buckshot charged action. When playing as the United States, the unit may fire a buckshot, which deals massive area damage to nearby enemies every 30 seconds.

  • Note that the Lakota can also gain access to the new charged action abilities by sending various Outlaw cards from their Home City.

We’ll be paying close attention to the performance of all Outlaws, and will make additional adjustments as necessary.

Other general unit balance changes:

Dragoon: Corrected the Hand Shock Infantry multiplier obtained via the Consulate from 2.75 2.25.
Gatling Gun: Reduced the coin cost from 400 250 coin to better-reflect their strength. Their wood cost remains unchanged (100 wood).
Landsknecht: Have been granted the  Oberhau charge action, which deals 3 area damage.
 Priests,  Imam, and  Surgeons now have a build limit of 30.
Trading Post Travois: Corrected health from 150 250.
Zapotec Lightning Warrior: Reduced health from 210 190.

The Capitol building has been adjusted to parity the new behavior of the US State Capitol:

  • Reduced the cost from 400 300 wood.
  • Increased the build experience from 160 300xp.
  • Increased the line of sight from 12 34—equal to the Town Center.

UPGRADES

Aztec Chinampa: Now (also) benefits  Farms and  Rice Paddies.
Cheyenne Horse Trading: Now improves the training speed of all cavalry-type units.

  • The Heavy Monitor upgrade,  Ship’s Howitzers, is now properly set as a prerequisite to researching  Imperial Monitors.
  • Lacrosse: Now properly improves the damage of all ranged infantry.

League: Now properly enables the training of minor  Tomahawks and  Mantlets from their respective military buildings.
Klamath Work Ethos: Now properly improves all gathering rates.
Meritocracy: Now properly decreases the resource costs of all unit upgrades when researched at the Zen Temple.

  • The  Wild West and  Atonement upgrades now properly benefit all Outlaw units.

Several adjustments have been made to the Cree technologies:

Cree Kinship: Rather than modifying the build limit, the technology now improves the training time of Native Warriors by +45%.
Cree Textile Craftsmanship: Rather than reducing the wood cost of buildings by 25%, the technology now reduces ALL resource costs of buildings by 10% and improves their construction speed by +25%. Asian Wonders have been adjusted accordingly.

CARDS

Capitalism: Increased the coin trickle from 1.25 1.5 coin/second.
Case Shot: All Case Shot attacks now deal 0.5x damage to Cavalry-type units.
Engineering School: Now properly applies its benefits to all Artillery, including  Gatling Guns. The TEAM Engineering School card has also been adjusted accordingly.
Stonemasons: Moved to Age I for all civilizations.

The Aztecs

CIVILIZATION

Increased the time it takes for all Council members who advance from Age I to Age II from 70 80 seconds. The exemption is The Messenger, who still “Ages-up very fast.”

UNITS & BUILDINGS

 Skull Knights now slowly heal when idle.
 Skull Knight: Corrected Shock Infantry multipliers from 2.0x 2.2x.

The  Skull Knight now has access to a powerful charged action—Obsidian Storm—which triggers upon recharge.

  • Obsidian Storm is similar in style to the Swashbuckler Attack.
  • Identical to normal attacks, but deals +2 area damage and +33.3% damage with no multipliers against any unit types.
  • Has a 30 second cooldown.
  • Units that die to the attack are flung away.

CARDS

 9 Mayan Allies: Now displays the correct number over the card icon.
 Great Temple of Huitzilopochtli Support: Now also improves the  Skull Knight’s charged action.

The British

CARDS

TEAM Cheap Docks: Now also reduces the cost of Native American Big Button upgrades available at the Dock. The tooltip now reads: “TEAM Docks and Dock upgrades are 30% cheaper. Naval Big Button upgrades are 50% cheaper.”
Estates (IV): No longer reduces the speed of Settlers trained at the Town Center.

The Chinese

The below changes to the Chinese civilization are made for the purpose of Treaty balance.

UPGRADES

German Relations (Consulate): The  German Expeditionary Army now grants 1  Heavy Cannon and 18  Needle Guns (was 2 Heavy Cannons and 11 Needle Guns).

CARDS

 Acupuncture: Now partially applies its effects to  Heavy Cannons created at the Factory after opening relations with Russia via the Consulate, as intended.
 INF 15 Rattan Shield (IV) INF 10 Rattan Shield (IV)

  • Old Dynasty Reforms: Increased the added cost to train affected units from +20% +25%. All other affects remain the same.

The French

CIVILIZATION

Tiny Crates of Food containing 50 food (Half Crates) have a new visual model to quickly communicate their reduced food total at a glance.
The French are no longer granted  Coureurs des Bois from TEAM Villager shipments.

UPGRADES

The following technologies, which are enabled at the Church by the  Edict of Nantes (II) card, have been adjusted so as to correct the technology tree and improve the function the Grenade Launchers card—which allows the training of super-equipped Grenadiers.

  • Moved the  Imperial Young Guard technology from the Fortress Age Commerce Age.
  • Moved the  Imperial Middle Guard from the Industrial Age Fortress Age.

 Imperial Middle Guard: No longer activates the  Guard Grenadiers upgrade, but instead grants  Grenadiers +10% attack and hit points.
Imperial Old Guard: No longer grants  Grenadiers +10% attack and hit points, but instead activates the  Guard Grenadiers upgrade.

CARDS

 Wilderness Warfare: Now also improves the hit points of the Cree Coureur de Bois.

The Germans

CARDS

  • German cards which upgrade cavalry units now also improve  Gauchos, Comancheros, and  Llanero revolutionary/outlaw units.

The Incas

CIVILIZATION

Llamas no longer fatten while tasked to the Community Plaza.

CARDS

  • Sending the Curare card now renames the  Jungle Bowman’s ranged attack to “Ranged Curare Attack” meaning that the upgrade can now be “scouted” by checking the unit’s stats panel.
  • Fixed a bug where the  Native Treaties (II) card would deliver more units than intended if preceded by an American Allies (I) card. Native Treaties will now deliver the same number of units regardless of how the alliance was formed.
  • Old Ways (IV): Fixed a bug where the coin cost of the Inca Raiding Party (Big Button) would not be decreased.
  • Son of Inti (IV): Fixed a bug that would prevent the War Chief’s hand attack from properly inflicting increased splash damage.

The Indians

UNITS & BUILDINGS

  • Mansabdars: Corrected the attack damage of certain Mansabdar units to ensure that each has the same attack and double the hit points of their counterpart units.
  • Mansabdars: Now benefit from their own damage auras, ensuring that they inflict the same bonus damage as other units influenced by their aura.

CARDS

 Bombay Marine: Improved the tooltip text to better reflect the functionality of the card: “All military boats train faster and give more experience points upon construction, +1 Villager.” “All boats train faster and give more experience points upon construction, +1 Villager.”

The Lakota

CIVILIZATION

Fire Ceremony (Community Plaza): No longer boosts the siege damage of AbstractArtillery units.

The Ottomans

UNITS & BUILDINGS

 Nizam Fusilier: Now benefit from Counter Infantry Rifling when in  Volley Mode, as intended.

CARDS

 Silk Road: Now also improves the experience income of  Trading Posts, as intended.

The Portuguese

CARDS

 Dragoon Combat: Now also improves  Llaneros obtained via the Gran Colombia Revolution.
 TEAM Cheap Outposts: Now reduces the cost of  Nobles’ Huts along with other outpost buildings.

The Spanish

CIVILIZATION

Archaic Infantry upgrades now grant their benefits to all Hand Infantry and Foot Archers, allowing them to synergize more effectively with Native Warriors and Mercenaries.
Rather than delivering bonus crates, the Spanish Logistician now directly deposits resources into your stockpile.
The default Beginner deck is now more suitable for players beginning to explore the Spanish civilization.

CARDS

TEAM Archaic Soldier Training: Slightly reduced the training time bonuses granted to Archaic Infantry and Archers, down from -50% -40%.

The Swedes

UNITS & BUILDINGS

 Torp: Reduced the gathering rate from Blueberry Bushes from 0.64 0.57 food/second. This is still 1.7x the collection speed of normal Berry Bushes—down from 1.9x.

UPGRADES

The effect of the Savolax Jaegers technology has been updated:

  • Ships 6 Jaegers and upgrades all Jaegers into Savolax Jaegers. Savolax Jaegers have slightly more hit points, can use the Stealth ability, and partly cost Wood to recruit.

This change is aimed at making mercenary armies less draining on coin resources by adjusting the Jaeger cost to 100 wood, 100 coin. It should also make the Swede’s unique Church card—Treaty of Roskilde (II)—more appealing, which also grants powerful hand infantry improvements which can be used to defend groups of Jaegers or Artillery.

CARDS

  • Great Northern Forests: Reduced the maximum wood income from 1.0 0.7 wood/second.
  • Oxenstierna Reforms: Reduced the exchange rate of food to coin from 1.3x 1.25x.

POLITICIANS

  • The Mercenary Contractor: Now properly improves all Outlaw units.

REVOLUTIONS

Finland

UNITS & BUILDINGS

Karelian Jaeger: Can now also construct  Docks.
Karelian Jaeger: Increased the crate collection rate to match that of Villagers, up from 8.

CARDS

  • [NEW] Baltic Fleet: Can be sent an infinite number of times; delivers 1  Monitor and 1  Frigate to the revolting nation.

Hungary

UNITS & BUILDINGS

  • Grenzers: Reduced the hit point deduction from -20% -10% hit points. Their range bonus remains unchanged (+4 range).

United States

UNITS & BUILDINGS

  • Increased the number of Gatling Guns spawned at each Fort upon revolting from 1 2.

 Volunteers: Renamed to Revolutionary Sharpshooter.
Revolutionary Sharpshooter: Now benefit from cards which improve Skirmishers for civilizations that can access the United States revolution.

LOCALIZATION

  • Fixed non-localized text in the Default Hotkeys menu.
  • Fixed non-localized text in the Multiplayer Lobby menu.

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:

  • Stuck Units: We believe we have fixes for most of the root problems causing this issue. Once they’ve been tested and included in a build, the most valuable thing you can provide if you encounter it again is:

 1) a replay file that shows the units getting stuck
 2) the name of the map
 3) detailed steps of what commands were issued or steps resulted in the unit(s) getting stuck

 Create a new thread on the official forum and we’ll do what we can to investigate and implement a fix!

  • TEAM North Carolina Quakers (IV): We’ve identified a desync triggered by this particular United States Home City card. Please avoid adding it to your deck for the time until we’re able to resolve the issue in an incoming hotfix build.

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.

HOTFIX 24632

Today’s small update brings with it a handful of fixes for issues that led to a sub-optimal experience. The team continues to focus on improvements to the game based on feedback and issues identified by the community, so please keep sharing your voice with us on topics that you’re passionate about with us on the official forums or Steam discussions.

GAME

Stability & Performance

  • Fixed a crash that would occur when playing a multiplayer scenario after a Human player was replaced with AI.
  • Fixed an issue where random, non-host players might disconnect from the game when the host dropped out of an multiplayer match by closing the game with the X button.
  • Fixed a crash that could cause a crash in large Skirmish/Multiplayer games, especially when AI players were present.
  • Fixed an occasional crash that could occur while creating a scenario.

Audio

  • Fixed an issue where UI sounds would no longer play.
  • The correct audio file now plays for Washington AI’s ♪ “To Ally When He Gathers Nugget” ♪ line.

UI

  • Added a notification for when a challenge has been completed.
  • Fixed a number of minor text errors in various non-English languages.
  • Added a countdown timer showing the time until the next USA Challenge is available once the maximum number of daily challenges have been attempted.
  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to join a Ranked game search lobby if the invite was sent via the Steam UI.
  • Fixed an issue where the Civilization was reset to Spanish when a client left the lobby of a multiplayer scenario game.

GAMEPLAY

General

  •  Trading Post: Fixed a prevalent bug that sometimes prevented Wagons and Rickshaws from being able to construct on Trading Post and Native Settlement sockets.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Tennessee” USA Event challenge was unable to be completed using certain types of villagers.

Fixes

  • Fixed potential issues with certain auras when playing a saved or recorded game.

CIVILIZATIONS

General

  • Fixed an issue where cards that deliver ‘random’ units, such as the Poker (IV) card, could not be unqueued/canceled.
  • Fixed an issue where new visuals were not being shown for upgrades of the Minuteman and Gatling Gun.

UNITS & BUILDINGS

  •  Native Embassies: Now properly constructed by Villagers as described in the update notes published alongside the launch of the new United States civ.
  • Homestead Wagon: Now properly construct houses for all civilizations.

UPGRADES

  • Tupi Forest Burning (I): Now properly also decreases Construction Wagon wood cost in the same way it affects building wood cost.

The Germans

CARDS

  • Master Surgeons: Now correctly enables the training of Surgeons at the Church.

The Lakota

UNITS & BUILDINGS

  •  Teepee: No longer affects Captured Mortars.

The Ottomans

CARDS

  • Food Silos: Now available, was previously missing.

The United States

CIVILIZATION

  • General: Now correctly uses a name out of a selection of random historical United States figures and no longer mistakenly uses Lakota/Haudenosaunee War Chief names.
  •  Ironclad: Long Range Bombardment Attack now correctly no longer inflicts bonus damage against Docks, and now also deals 0.2x to Villagers.
  •  Team Louisiana Purchase: Fixed an issue where other non-American teammates would receive Chu-Ko-Nu units labeled as a Bison instead of shipping actual Bison.
  • Fixed a bug where it was possible to obtain the  Bastion wall upgrade for walls by sending Extensive Fortifications.
  • The auras of Teepees, Inspiring Flag and War Chiefs no longer improve AbstractArtillery.

UNITS & BUILDINGS

  • Brigadier General (V): Players must now be in the Imperial Age in order to research this State Capitol upgrade, as intended.
  • Quaker Gun: Added animations to Mortar Guy attachment and removed all transitions.
  • Quaker Gun: Now displays decoy portrait for enemies in the selected units panel.
  • Capitol General upgrade: Now properly requires Imperial Age to be researched.
  • State Militia: Speed decreased from 5 ▶ 4.75.
  • State Militia: Like-unit HP improvement cap is now increased to 50 with the ‘Imperial State Militia’ upgrade (V) – moved from National Guard ‘Volunteers’ upgrade (IV)
  • Regular: Damage increased from 24 ▶ 25.
  • Regular: Food cost decreased by 5.
  • Sharpshooter: Base range increased by +1.
  • Sharpshooter: Damage increased from 14  15.

CARDS

  •  California Gold Rush (IV): Now ensures settlers spawned for free from Town Centers respect build limits.
  •  New Jersey Seaports (IV): Now properly enables Plymouth Settlers to be sent again. 
  •  New Jersey Seaports (IV): Added tooltip to clarify this card only affects crates delivered by shipments.
  •  INF 1 Gatling Guns (III): Now delivers Gatling Gun, as intended (down from 2).
  •  TEAM Alaska Purchase (IV): Now displays the correct number (6) on the card icon.
  •  Springfield Armory (II): Shipment time has been decreased from 60 ▶ 40 seconds.
  • Updated  Texan Fort icons for the Texan Forts (V) card and added missing tactic icons for the Dragoon, Grenadier, Magyar Hussar, and Uhlan.
  • Corrected the spawning time of some of the free unit batches which can be enabled, so that the time taken for them to spawn is directly proportional to the cost of the spawned units.
  • Morris Canal (IV): Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented its effect from working if cards were queued in a particular way.
  • United States Marines (III): Fixed a bug that would sometimes prevent Marines from being pre-fixed with “Guard” or “Imperial” status upon reaching the relevant Age.
  • Heavy Fortifications (IV): Fixed an issue that enabled the United States to obtain the Bastion upgrade for walls if this card was sent, they now instead correctly get the Redoubts upgrade.
  • [Aztec] 6 Coyote Runners: Card reduced to 5.
  • Extensive Fortifications card (II): The United States no longer have access to this card, for the purpose of Treaty balance.

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If you continue to experience any crashes, performance issues, or technical hiccups in the game, please take the time to reach out to the support team so they can provide assistance.

 

Discuss of 22 comments

  • spicyglitter27 May 1, 2021
    Small bug report. Banners in the home city customization for ottomans are gliching and banners are not showing up on higiasofia.
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  • nicadimos-2 April 22, 2021
    Have you just given up on attack move? -_-
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  • makeamericagreatagain April 22, 2021
    Why has the gatling card been nerfed, usa are already a very weak and slow civ now theres not even a single advantage they have, gatlings are a weak and cheaper artillery, 2 gatlings was fine. USA eco is also really bad, takes way too long to reach the same level as other civs(even after the factory), really vulnerable to early aggression and the units need a buff, sharpshooters are unused, same with carbine cavalry > these 2 units need buffs. Also the regular is way too expensive for a regular musk with a tiny bit of extra range, cost needs to be reduced
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  • viktorbarney101 April 22, 2021
    Good hotfixes, glad to see Food Silos back in for Ottos!
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  • lmbda April 22, 2021
    Sometimes units get stuck in the Trading Post during the war, in livestock. Please fix it.
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  • easedcobra66732 April 22, 2021
    Please do something about the lag that exists in the first minutes after the Treaty40 period expires.
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  • kidcoolicecold April 20, 2021
    Guys, for those of you having trouble passing the challenges for the US Civilization, please do not use any CHEATS. Must play the game without cheats in order for AOE to accept your win.
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  • voidxcape-2 April 17, 2021
    Hello Dear Devs, the select button for zoom level still doesn't work are u going to investigate on this issue? Also does Nvidia Game Filter works for this game?
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  • -2861 April 16, 2021
    bugged south africa revolt card didnt give 30 limit courers (dutch)
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  • bealy-69 April 15, 2021
    2nd challenge completed twice and still doesn’t recognize it. So annoying :(
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    • supposedconch12 April 22, 2021
      Got to Conn. played it 8 times, won, and still does not advance. Did what it said to do, and still don't move. I purchased this, so thought all states would be open, but main thing, game dose not advance to next state. Frustrating , check it out. Thanks
    • kidcoolicecold April 20, 2021
      Don't use any cheats if you're using them to pass these challenges.
  • rockhounder1 April 14, 2021
    Beat the Delaware Challenge 3 times now, still not progressing
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    • kidcoolicecold April 20, 2021
      I've played Delaware close to 10 times total both skirmish and multiplayer and it refuses to update the completion of the game. AOE needs to fix this!
  • soullessheathen April 13, 2021
    PLEASE retroactively add the United States mechanics and units to the United States and Falcon Company civilizations of the campaign.
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    • mr-bbig April 19, 2021
      Agreed, been hoping they would do that since historical battles adds actual American specific units
  • raulramirez91 April 13, 2021
    The Lakota CIVILIZATION Fire Ceremony (Community Plaza): No longer boosts the siege damage of AbstractArtillery units. --- where do i find info about what units are abstract artillery?
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    • funnywarrior654 April 14, 2021
      Apparently a captured mortar can be trained at a native embassy which has 500seige damage. The Fire ceremony boosts seige damage of all units, even canoes etc. But it would be a balance nightmare if 500 damage is boosted +150%, so fire ceremony doesn't effect them.
    • soullessheathen April 13, 2021
      AbstractArtillery is the tag that defines Artillery as Artillery. All Artillery units have this tag.
  • nathan111423 April 13, 2021
    Can you guys please fix permanent home city customizations? Some customizations, like the royal coach, the different people, or the urn in the German home city are permanent once you equip them. I'd really like it if you could turn them off after adding them. The guy in the settler wagon unit also stands inside his donkey whenever he collects resources. Thanks for all the great work! I really appreciate the continued work on the game and that the US revolution wasn't removed. This is by far my favorite video game and I'm totally stoked to do the new challenge.
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  • soakedhalo4138 April 13, 2021
    Russia has been forgotten again...
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  • wachilo April 13, 2021
    I don't understand the change of the Savolax Jaeger from 200c to 100w and 100c. Yes 200c was expensive but 100w and 100c is worse. Wood gathering is slow and limited to factories in long games. This would be a nerf, but is worded as quality of life change. The upgrades gives stealth which is just a gimmick, the cost change (which is horrible) and 5% hp. Then I would rather lose the 5% hp buff but keep the fat better 200c cost. 50w + 100c -> understandable 100f + 100c -> good 150f + 100c would also be okay. But 100w and 100c is just worse or am I missing something? I the regular Jaeger cost 100w and 100c and the upgraded version only 200c then I would find this upgrade useful.
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    • kingkoong888 April 14, 2021
      agree. stupid change. wood is an issue in later games. no one will want to use savolax. better if it was 100c and 100f. 100w instead of 100c is a downgrade if you ask me. by the time you are spamming jaegers it is well into late game or you are playing treaty and much better to only use coin.
  • magno-gardino April 13, 2021
    Please add musketeer for Germans, even if it's a little weaker
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  • arrivedleader22 April 13, 2021
    Wow that's a HUGE update. Nice job.
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  • etherniti April 13, 2021
    Fixed a bug where cards selected during the campaign would fail to appear in players’ decks. YES!!
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    • nathan111423 April 13, 2021
      Same. I had this problem with the Chinese campaign. I'm really excited.
  • reliclost10 April 13, 2021
    Jat lancer considered as abstract elephant bug? Jat lancer not viable lategame
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  • reliclost10 April 13, 2021
    Why not some boost to ottoman consulate...its not viable in late game
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  • soldeo April 13, 2021
    Thank you very much for the updates. Hopefully there will be more updates even after the african expansion, we need Persians, Maori, Koreans, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, etc. civs to the game.
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    • mr-bbig April 19, 2021
      Yes, just yes

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