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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Beta – Thank You Insiders!

As of today, we’re celebrating one week since Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition released on Steam, Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass for PC! Time and time again, you’ve blown us away with your enthusiasm for Age of Empires, and you only continue to do so with the way you’ve shown up for Age II: DE.

While we’re absolutely ecstatic to have Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition in the wild, we want to remind you all that this is only the beginning! There’s so much more to come, and we’re counting on your feedback as we continue building out the best Age II experience possible for our fans – this is a journey we’re taking together!

The Age Insider Program & Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Closed Beta

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been five months since we relaunched the Age Insider Program! In that short time, our program has grown to over 95,000 strong, reaffirming the fact that Age players love Age games and want to take part in building the best experiences possible! We were happy to have many of our Age Insiders join us during the closed beta and look forward to providing more opportunities to participate in the future.

let’s take a moment to celebrate some highlights from the Age II: DE closed beta!

What’s Next for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition?

We’ve already made brief mention of some of the things we’ll be doing to continue to support Age II: DE post-launch, like new modes of play, new missions, additional optimization and  continuous quality-of-life fixes. In fact, since launching the game on Nov. 14, we’ve pushed out several changes to quickly address items surfaced by the community (as a reminder, you can always find our latest set of patch notes on the website!). And as we continue to work on what’s coming next, the reminder we‘d like to give you is that our goals live alongside our true North Star, which is your voice!

Thanks to the beta we’ve got a head start on that, but we‘re watching and listening closely to all of the feedback you’re giving us in all of the channels you frequent – from the Age of Empires forums to our social channels and more. You’re seeing our team ask questions and gather information, and it’s because we’re actively working on how we can respond to the issues you care about.

As soon as we’re ready, we’ll go into greater depth about updates on the horizon. These topics are top of mind for our Production, Development and Community teams, and we’re  excited to talk about what’s coming when the time is right. Right now we’re taking some time to lock on our plans and make sure they include the issues you care about alongside some things we hope you’ll like! One big spoiler we can give you, though? We’ll be previewing updates in the future, and as Age Insiders, you’ll be the first ones to know how and when to take part, so keep an eye on your inbox, the Age Insider page and our social channels!

Thanks for being an Insider!

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