Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition cover
Developers
Forgotten Empires
Tantalus
Wicked Witch
Publishers
Xbox Game Studios
Release dates
Windows November 14, 2019
Age of Empires
Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999
Age of Mythology 2002
Age of Empires III 2005
Age of Empires Online 2011
Age of Empires II (2013) 2013
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 2014
Age of Empires: Castle Siege 2014
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition 2018
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 2019
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition TBA
Age of Empires IV TBA

This page is for the 2019 Definitive Edition. For the original game, see Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. For the 2013 HD Edition, see Age of Empires II (2013).

Key points

Includes an in-game benchmark option.
Includes levels editor.
Supports mods.
Supports cross-platform multiplayer.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires II (2013) save files do not work with this version.

General information

Official website for the series
Official Discord server for the series
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Enhanced Graphics Pack Free add-on, increases Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition to ultra-high fidelity resolution.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires 2 DE\<user-id>\profile\
Microsoft Store
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/813780/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires 2 DE\<user-id>\saves\
Microsoft Store
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/813780/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics Options
Graphics Options
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay & pillarboxed FMVs.[1]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
You can zoom-in and out by using the mouse wheel.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen and Desktop Fullscreen modes are both Borderless Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Options to choose are ON & OFF.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia, Tritanopia & Protanopia.

Input settings[edit]

Game Options
Game Options
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
In Game Options, under Scroll Inertia
Mouse sensitivity
In Game Options, under Scroll Speed
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Options
Audio Options
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound & Voice.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Every character has a different text color when speaking
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

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

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated
Self-hosting

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074, 8888
UDP 88, 500, 3074, 3544, 4500
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Multiplayer BattleServer

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows 10 (Win 7 SP1* / Win 8.1*)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 420
AMD Radeon HD 6850
Intel HD Graphics 3000
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit system is required.
* Game was made compatible with Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 by developers but with no further support. Windows 10 is the official supported OS.[2]

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>/813780/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (813780) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References