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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition

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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition cover
Original Big Huge Games
Extended Edition SkyBox Labs
Microsoft Studios
Big Huge Engine
Release dates
Windows June 12, 2014
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Historical
Series Rise of Nations
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition on HowLongToBeat
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition on MobyGames
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition on Wikipedia
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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition is an updated version of the 2003 RTS Rise of Nations and its Thrones & Patriots expansion pack. It features anti-aliasing and native high resolution support, new multiplayer servers and Twitch integration.

In September 2017, the game was released on the Microsoft Store with the 1.20 patch, with the Steam version being compatible with it online. However, LAN was removed, but can be restored in the Steam version 1.10 branch at the cost of reverting a sound bug fix.

The game received a multiple post-release patches, but after the latest one (1.20 build 00.2017.11.2900) from November 2017, a large number of bugs and inconsistencies persists, most of which did not exist in the original version of the game - most notably, the game ignores a file relevant to calculating armor types, leading to a balancing issue where most units take a lot longer to destroy than intended. Community patches exist to fix these issues, supported by its small but dedicated multiplayer community.

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
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched directly from its executable; 4-Pack also available; Version 1.10 is not DRM-free.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Essential improvements

Skip launcher

The game 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 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.

Community patches

The Extended Edition introduced several new bugs, including broken armor templates that unbalance the game.
The Community Balance/Bugfix Patch fixes most bugs and rebalances the game. A full spreadsheet of changes and explanations thereof is available here.
The older Misc Fixes mod only fixes bugs without touching balance beyond the armor template issue, but is no longer supported.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Graphics settings
Graphics settings


Mouse settings
Mouse settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Relates only to map scrolling speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, taunt and music.
Surround sound
Applicable only in the Conquer the World mode.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


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. Downgrading to 1.10 possible through a separate Steam branch.
Online play
Steam and Microsoft Store cross-play enabled.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Revert to the 1.10 build in the separate Steam branch.

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Windows Media Foundation

System requirements

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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  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 can't 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