Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition cover
Developers
Forgotten Empires
Tantalus Media
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Engines
Genie
Release dates
Windows February 20, 2018[1]
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Africa, Europe, Classical
Series Age of Empires
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Key points

Updated version of the original Age of Empires and its Rise of Rome expansion.

General information

Official website for the series
Official Discord server for the series
Overview of new features
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skips both the Microsoft Studios intro and the game's intro animation
Run the game with the NOSTARTUP command line parameter
  1. Create or edit an existing shortcut to AoEDE_s.exe in the game's install directory.
  2. In the Target field, add NOSTARTUP after the file path.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\ActiveSync\LocalState\Games\Age of Empires DE\Config\
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires DE\Config\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1017900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\ActiveSync\LocalState\Games\Age of Empires DE\Saved Games\
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires DE\Users\<user-id>\Saved Games\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1017900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Game Settings
Game Settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Menus fixed in 16:9
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Window can be resized at any time to any aspect ratio.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen mode is Borderless Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On/off (unspecified method).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input[edit]

Hotkey Editor
Hotkey Editor

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Campaign narration is read aloud from the text on the UI before starting a mission. No in-game narration or subtitles.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Hindi
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Vietnamese

Network[edit]

Elo and Ranked matches have been introduced in Update 10 (May 14, 2019).[2]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Requires connection to the master server for lobby creation
Online play
8 Supports cross-platform multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Online lobby browser with visible player Elo rating.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 (1703)
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17.23 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD 4000
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1017900/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1017900) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References