Age of Empires II (2013)

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

Age of Empires II (2013)
Age of Empires II (2013) cover
Hidden Path Entertainment
Ensemble Studios
DLC SkyBox Labs
Forgotten Empires
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows April 9, 2013
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Age of Empires II (2013) on Wikipedia
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Key points

HD remake of the original Age of Empires II and its expansion with Steam achievements and multiplayer, improved graphics and support for higher resolutions.
Previously known as Age of Empires II HD, but was renamed silently on Steam to Age of Empires II (2013) on August 15, 2019.[1]

General information

PC Report
Official website for the series
Official Discord server for the series
Steam Community Discussions
AoCZone - an active Age of Empires community
Age of Empires Online Forum - the 'official' forum.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Humble Store
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All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

The Conquerors expansion is included in the base game.
Name Notes
The African Kingdoms
The Forgotten
Rise of the Rajas

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use SKIPINTRO parameter[2]

Use the SKIPINTRO command line argument.

Skip launcher[edit]

Change launcher file[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename Launcher.exe.
  3. Rename AoK HD.exe to Launcher.exe.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Age2HD\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/221380/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/221380/pfx/[Note 1]
Custom campaigns are stored in <path-to-game>\Campaign
Custom scenarios are stored in <path-to-game>\Scenario
Custom campaigns initially made for the original game are compatible with the HD edition.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Automatically sets itself at desktop resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Fix for missing DPI scaling
Field of view (FOV)
Window can be freely resized to any resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Always borderless on Fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
World Updates are 30 FPS for multiplayer.[4]
10000 FPS default cap.[4] Change by entering setmaxfps # in chat, where the number is the desired framerate. setuifps # sets the framerate for the UI

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, available on: Steam Workshop
Simplified Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 3478, 4379, 4380, 27000-27015, 27015-27030
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing DPI scaling[edit]

Manually set scaling mode[5]
  1. Go to the installation folder (<path-to-game>)
  2. Right click on Launcher.exe and choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab and check Override high DPI scaling behavior.
  4. Set Scaling performed by to System.
Do not choose System (enhanced) as it breaks the input.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7, 8 Pro+
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
This game requires a resolution of at least 900x600.
Windows XP support has been discontinued; the last working version is available from the game's betas tab in the Steam client.[6]


  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>/221380/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (221380) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).