Update 34483

  1. General
  2. Gameplay
  3. Bug Fixes

Hello, and welcome to our first Age of Empires: Definitive Edition update of the new year!

Today’s build features several crash fixes, performance optimizations, game improvements, and even a few new features that are now available in the game: such as an Eye Candy slider to modify how much foliage shows up in the game, an ELO pop-up at the end of ranked matches, and new cross-platform invitations so you can more easily play with your friends on Steam and the Microsoft Store. Give it a download, then come join our community to talk about your experience or any ideas you have for Age: DE:

We hope you enjoy the latest changes, and will see you on the battlefield!

—The Age of Empires Team

Download on the MICROSOFT STORE

Remember that you’ll need update your game in the Microsoft Store:

  1. Open the Microsoft Store.
  2. Click the [ ∙ ∙ ∙ ] symbol next to your profile picture.
  3. Select Downloads and updates.
  4. Press the Get updates button to automatically detect, download, and install the latest changes to your game!
  5. Open the game. The title screen should read Build 34483

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

Download on STEAM
Remember that you’ll need update your game in Steam:

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Click on Library to see your games list.
  3. Click Downloads at the bottom of the Library window.
  4. [If the new build does not download automatically,] click the Download Now button to manually download the new update.
  5. Open the game. The title screen should read Build 34483

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

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  • Implemented several performance optimizations for lower-end systems.
  • Added a performance setting to select how much Foliage is displayed in the game. Look for the Eye Candy option in the settings menu.
  • Added the ability to send cross-platform invitations to join a match.
  • Improved the rate at which game lobby settings communicate and replicate to other clients.


  • Added a pop-up displaying your ELO changes following a ranked match.

Bug Fixes

  • Implemented fixes to address several game crashes.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented the lobby browser from properly refreshing.
  • Implemented a potential fix for firewall issues with LAN servers on certain setups.
  • Improved loading times when starting up the game.
  • Improved the contrast of text lettering on several screens.
  • Fixed several minor UI and localization errors.

Discuss of 35 comments

  • sargonpungku February 4, 2020

    '곰' is trying to write Hangul, but the error marked with '고ㅁ' Please improve

  • sargonpungku February 4, 2020

    '곰'이란 한글을 적으려고하는데 고 ㅁ 으로 표기되는 오류 개선바랍니다.

  • nightseal922669 February 1, 2020

    Posting in case others have the sound issue.

    I'm on Windows 10 home 1903 build 18362.592, and have AOE DE from the MS Store. I upgraded to AOE 34483 today, and lost most sound (intro videos have audio, game itself and menus have no sound effects or music).

    I was sceptical it would do anything, but I fetched directx_Jun2010_redist.exe from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=8109 , extracted it, ran DXSETUP, and sound came back the next time I launched AOE DE.

    Before running this, I had checked in-game settings for sound volume (was on already on max, moving the bar did not cause sound to kick in or anything). The volume mixer (from the task bar) showed silent output for the app, and the sound control panel (from sound settings, from the task bar) showed all other audio devices were silent.

    • tyfomir February 2, 2020

      Can anyone explain how comes that installing DirectX 9 package on Windows 10 helps to bring back sound effects? How it is possible when the package is for older systems? Anyway, installing it removes the problem. I confirm this! Kind of magic or what? Microsoft, thank you very much for being helpful, as usual. This is really encouraging for customers paying money.

    • nostrodomosfu February 2, 2020

      Your welcome. For next time: Sometimes google is your friend. ☺

    • timotheospetros February 1, 2020

      Excellent info. Thanks both.
      It gave me the courage to use the link given by Joonas Top at https://forums.ageofempires.com/t/fix-to-sound-problem-34483/67253.
      Despite the file going back to 2011, I can confirm it worked perfectly on my Windows 10 Pro, version 1909, PC.
      It fixes AoE sound problem, corrects sound slider errors, and leaves dxdiag showing DirectX 12 as previously with no attendant problems.

    • nostrodomosfu February 1, 2020

      I downloaded the directX here: https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/download/details.aspx?id=35&751be11f-ede8-5a0c-058c-2ee190a24fa6=True

  • timotheospetros January 28, 2020

    Several folk here keep stating here that 'reinstalling DirectX' fixed the missing sound problem introduced by this destructive update. They all refer to a DirectX 9 installation file from 2011, BUT Windows 10 uses DirectX 12, and this is built into Windows 10, so there is no way to reinstall it. I have asked around here for more clarification but received nothing helpful, so I can only assume these users were running an antiquated Windows version like 7 or Vista.

    Meanwhile AoE, totally muted as it now is after update 34483, continues to remain UNPLAYABLE for Windows 10 users after two whole weeks. And still no word from Microsoft about when they're going to fix this. Totally unacceptable.

    • nostrodomosfu February 1, 2020

      To my knowledge AoE Def. Ed. runs only on Windows 10. I downloadet the directX here: https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/download/details.aspx?id=35&751be11f-ede8-5a0c-058c-2ee190a24fa6=True

  • livelionheart January 26, 2020

    "Implemented several performance optimizations for lower-end systems." - seems like the problem was in the sound. :-)

  • tyfomir January 23, 2020

    Anybody home? It's not a shame to take part in the discussion. There's no sound in AoE DE (34483). What are you going to do about it?

    • nostrodomosfu January 24, 2020

      We have the discussion for weeks...

    • nostrodomosfu January 24, 2020

      I reinstalled the newest Version of directX and the sound problem was solved.

  • ahmoss-i-egy January 21, 2020

    There is no updates for me at Microsoft Store! so I can't download any updates through the Microsoft Store.
    My game vir. is 27374!

    • timotheospetros January 22, 2020

      That's the original version of AoE which Microsoft no longer updates. The new version has to be downloaded separately from the Microsoft Store and can be run concurrently with the old. But frankly I wouldn't bother at present, as the new version is plagued with problems - the latest (update 34483) being the complete absence of sound within the game.

    • ahmoss-i-egy January 21, 2020


  • nostrodomosfu January 21, 2020

    I reinstalled the newest Version of directX and the spund problem was solved.

    • timotheospetros January 24, 2020

      Can you run dxdiag from the Start menu, and tell me what DirectX version number is indicated at the bottom of its System tab. The latest version is DirectX 12, but the version you would have 'reinstalled' is DirectX 9, the .exe installation program being 9 years old and created for Windows 7 and below. Did you run that on a Windows 10 computer?

    • nostrodomosfu January 22, 2020

      @timotheospetros, I dont know actuel number of direct x. But it was the first ad in Google.

    • timotheospetros January 22, 2020

      Are you Windows 10 and Directx 12? I ask because I know of no DirectX reinstallation technique for DirectX 12. Perhaps you can explain more.

    • nostrodomosfu January 21, 2020


  • edsato82 January 21, 2020

    Please add AI selection, as in AoE 2 DE. Personally, I prefer the original AI of RoR '98. or the one used in Upatch.

  • neodevas January 21, 2020

    This update affect the sound, please fix this as soon possible, it's true there are less crashes but without sound simply WE CAN'T PLAY. Thank you in advance.

    • adragon January 21, 2020

      We've been investigating what is causing sound issues for some players. In the meantime, many players have found that reinstalling DirectX helps.


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