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Join us this weekend for the Age II: DE Campaign Weekend!

Recently, we unveiled the upcoming Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Beta “Campaign Weekend”! This exclusive, timed event grants one of the earliest looks at the game’s campaign mode.  Throughout the event, beta participants will be able to play a remastered version of the age-old classic Joan of Arc campaign and join the Maid of Orléans herself in her battle with the English.

Today, we are excited to announce that the “Campaign Weekend” event will be available for a limited time to all Age II: DE beta participants from Thursday, 8/8, 4 p.m. PT | 23:00 GMT through Monday, 8/12, 12 a.m. PT | 7:00 GMT! Only one question remains…Are you ready to join Joan in her campaign?

Join Campaign Weekend – Current Beta Participants

Current beta participants will be able to join Joan as soon as the event opens! Once in-game, select Campaigns from the Main Menu and then dive into battle by selecting Joan of Arc’s name from the map.

Join Campaign Weekend – New User Registration

Not yet an Age II: DE beta participant? Not a problem!

You can still register as an Age Insider for the chance to access the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Beta and join us for Campaign Weekend, but you’ll need to act fast! The next wave of beta invites will be going out later this week, and only Age Insiders with a connected Steam account and DxDiag on file will be considered for this round of invites.

What is the Age of Empires Insider Program?

The Age of Empires Insider Program is a new opportunity for gamers who want to get an inside look and have a hand in the development of the Age of Empires franchise.

Insiders will be sent regular communications relating to Age of Empires, along with special survey opportunities to give the development team input on specific areas. Additionally, we’ll be selecting members of the Insider Program for beta events, such as Age II: DE’s Campaign Weekend. You must be signed up as an Insider to be considered for participation in these beta phases, so don’t wait! Our selections will depend on the options you select and the information you provide during registration, and a more complete profile will ensure you’re eligible for the widest range of opportunities.

Ready to jump in? Check out the following guide for step-by-step instructions on how to sign-up as an Age of Empires Insider:

  1. Visit our website by clicking here or logging on to
  2. Select Sign in to begin on the “Become an Age Insider” portion of the website.
  3. Login with your Microsoft Account.
  4. Carefully read over and complete the questions in the sign-up survey.
  5. Add a Steam Account when prompted to during the survey. This is required because the Age II: DE Beta (and Campaign Weekend) takes place on Steam!
    Didn’t add a Steam account during sign-up? No worries! Visit your profile settings to add it in.
  6. Confirm your survey responses and click Submit Survey.
  7. Welcome to the Age Insider program! We’ll reach out to you via email if you’re selected to participate in the beta.

If you encounter any questions on the Insider sign-up process, we encourage you to check out our Insider FAQ or reach out to us at

We hope to have you with us for Campaign Weekend!

Update: Post has been edited to include new start and end times for the event.

Become an Age Insider!

Insiders unlock access to exclusive news, updates, and opportunities to provide feedback about future releases. Here are some of the perks:

  • Access to private forums where you can interact with Age developers
  • The chance to join exclusive beta opportunities through Steam and the Windows Store
  • Channels to provide feedback and inspire quality changes in your favorite Age titles