Rise of Nations: Extended Edition

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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition cover
SkyBox Labs
Big Huge Games
Microsoft Studios
Big Huge Engine
Release dates
Windows June 12, 2014
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Key points

Includes Rise of Nations and its expansion, Thrones and Patriots. New to this edition are enhanced visuals, full Steamworks integration, and Twitch streaming support.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
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4 Pack also available.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
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4-Pack also available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher[edit]

Rise of Nations Extended Edition boots with a launcher, but this can be skipped.
Skip launcher by replacing a file[1]
  1. Open <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename patriots.exe.
  3. Rename riseofnations.exe to patriots.exe (Case sensitive.)

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit configuration file[2]
  1. Open %APPDATA%\Microsoft Games\Rise of Nations\rise2.ini.
  2. Find line SkipIntroMovies=0.
  3. Change to SkipIntroMovies=1.
Delete or rename files[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename these files: bhg_game_studios1M.wmv, ms_game_studios_1M.wmv, skybox_intro_1440.wmv, skybox_intro_1920.wmv.
  3. Open the folder art.
  4. Delete or rename opening.wmv.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store
Steam %APPDATA%\Microsoft Games\Rise of Nations\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/287450/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/287450/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
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
SFX, taunt and music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Dub only included in the original version of Rise of Nations and Thrones & Patriots. Download here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Up to and including version 1.10, removed in later versions
Online play

Connection types

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7, 8.1
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
AMD Radeon X1950
Intel HD 3000
DirectX 10 compatible


  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>/287450/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (287450) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. General troubleshooting steps :: Rise of Nations: Extended Edition Support - last accessed on 2019-09-15
    "Alternatively you can rename it to “patriots.exe” which is the launcher app, so launching it through Steam will launch the game instead of the launcher."
  2. I cant start up RIse of nations - last accessed on 2019-09-15
    "Open rise2.ini with notepad for example and lookup "SkipIntroMovies=0" and set it to "SkipIntroMovies=1""
  3. View topic - Rise of Nations: Extended Edition | WSGF