Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

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This page is for the Definitive Edition. For the original game, see Age of Empires III (2005).

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition cover
Developers
Forgotten Empires
Tantalus Media
World's Edge
Publishers
Xbox Game Studios
Engines
BANG!
Release dates
Windows October 15, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 79
OpenCritic 79
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Africa, Asia, North America, South America
Series Age of Empires
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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition on IGDB
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition on MobyGames
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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the Age of Empires series.

General information

Official Discord server for the series
ESOCommunity home to the competitive multiplayer community

Availability[edit]

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
United States Civilization Was available for a limited time for free for players who completed a 50-stage challenge in the base game around the release date.
Windows
The African Royals
Windows
Mexico Civilization
Windows
Knights of the Mediterranean
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires 3 DE\Common
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires 3 DE\Common
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/933110/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires 3 DE\16 digit number\Savegame
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Games\Age of Empires 3 DE\16 digit number\Savegame
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/933110/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay.[1]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
[2]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SMAA, TAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame limiter supports a maximum of 144 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
While there is no dedicated color scheme for color blind players, key UI colors (e.g. teams) can be manually changed with full HSV (hue, saturation, value) control

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, ambient sound, taunts and AI chats, music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Fan translation based on the 2007 retail localization, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Turkish
Vietnamese

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Requires a connection to the master server for all LAN play.
Online play
Supports cross-platform multiplayer

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink 2 Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 (v18362.0 or higher)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2105
AMD Phenom II X4 973
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 42 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 430
AMD Radeon HD 5570
Intel HD Graphics 4400
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 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>/933110/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (933110) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Age of Empires 3 Definitive Edition Ultrawide Review - 16:9/21:9/32:9 Comparison & Gameplay! - last accessed on 2020-10-22
  2. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-10-20
    The fullscreen mode is borderless windowed in the Microsoft Store version.