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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
Metacritic 68
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
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 (2013) on HowLongToBeat
Age of Empires II (2013) on IGDB
Age of Empires II (2013) on MobyGames
Age of Empires II (2013) on Wikipedia
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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999
Age of Mythology 2002
Age of Empires III 2005
Age of Empires Online 2011
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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
Age of Mythology: Retold TBA

Key points

HD re-release 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 Discord server for the series
Steam Community Discussions
AoEZone - an active Age of Empires community
Age of Empires Online Forum - the 'official' forum.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Windows (unavailable)
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All versions require Steam DRM.


Type Notes
Expansion pack The expansion packs include new civilizations, units and campaigns. They have a separate balance set that can be chosen in skirmishes and multiplayer. Players who own no expansion packs are given a limited number of civilizations in skirmish and multiplayer modes that rotate every day.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

The Conquerors expansion is included in the base game.
Name Notes
The Forgotten A tweaked and officially supported version of the Forgotten Empires mod for the original The Conquerors.
The African Kingdoms
Rise of the Rajas

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use SKIPINTRO parameter[2]

Use the SKIPINTRO command line argument.

Skip launcher

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <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

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


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
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.


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


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


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Requires connection to the master server for lobby creation
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

Missing DPI scaling

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


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements

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 elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).