Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

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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).

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition cover
Forgotten Empires
Tantalus Media
Wicked Witch
Xbox Game Studios
Release dates
Windows November 14, 2019
Metacritic 84
OpenCritic 84
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Pre-Columbian Americas, Medieval
Series Age of Empires
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on HowLongToBeat
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on IGDB
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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on Wikipedia
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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 2020
Age of Empires IV 2021

Key points

Includes a levels editor.
Supports mods.
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 Discord server for the series
Steam Community Discussions
AoEZone active competitive community site


All versions require Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Enhanced Graphics Pack Free add-on, increases Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition to ultra-high fidelity resolution.
Lords of the West
Dawn of the Dukes
Dynasties of India

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\resources\_common\movies\
  2. Delete or rename aoeii4K.wmv and aoeiide_titlevideo.wmv

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Graphics Options
Graphics Options

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay & pillarboxed FMVs.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
You can zoom-in and out by using the mouse wheel.
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)
On/off toggle.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Build 58259 (January 31st, 2022) introduced a 60fps cap. This limit can be bypassed by turning on V-Sync in the in-game options.[3]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia, Tritanopia & Protanopia.


Game Options
Game Options

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
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 support


Audio Options
Audio Options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound & Voice.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Introduced in build 51737
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Requires a connection to the master server for all LAN play.
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Supports cross-platform multiplayer.

Connection types


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]


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


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Multiplayer BattleServer Uses Xbox Live matchmaking.

System requirements[edit]

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
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Other 1024×720 minimum screen resolution
A 64-bit operating 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.[5]


  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.


  1. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2020-07-02
  2. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - PC Ultra Quality (3440x1440) - last accessed on 2019-11-15
  3. new update, fps lock on 60 fps??? - last accessed on 2022-02-01
  4. Microsoft Store requirements - last accessed on 2020-07-02
  5. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 support - last accessed on 2019-11-14