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Age of Empires II HD Next Month

Steam now offers preorders for Age of Empires II HD, saying an updated version of the RTS sequel will be released on April 9th, and offering a 10% discount for purchases before then (thanks Jason and Glenn). An announcement trailer is online touting remastered HD graphics (though the system requirements are quite modest), multi-monitor support, the inclusion of the Conquerors and Age of Kings expansions, Steam workshop support, a new multiplayer experience, and Steam exclusivity. Here's word:

In Age of Empires II: HD Edition, fans of the original game and new players alike will fall in love with the classic Age of Empires II experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both Age of Kings and The Conquerors expansion, choose from 18 civilizations spanning over a thousand years of history, and head online to challenge other Steam players in your quest for world domination throughout the ages. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios and reimagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!

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24. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 8, 2013, 18:25 PHJF
 
Well considering HD means either 1280x720 or 1920x1080... yes.  
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23. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 8, 2013, 12:13 Xero
 
So by increasing the resolution, it's considered HD now?  
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22. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 23:24 Taskeen
 
Why don't they just fucking make a new Age of Empires, based on their originals. Box it up this as yet un-made Age of Empires and sell it for 59.99 and I'll buy it.  
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21. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 22:08 CJ_Parker
 
As usual for MS they are trying to jump on a bandwagon that has already left the station years ago. So MS wants to grab some quick cash because people spend tons of money on GOG and Kickstarter for old school gaming?
Well, this ain't gonna cut it. AoE 2 was good for its time but has long been made obsolete by AoE 3 and other excellent RTS games like the CoH series.

Fuck you and your lame obvious cash grab attempt, Microsoft. Show some real dedication to PC gaming and either revive your own studios or hire someone to develop AoE 4, MS Flight Simulator XI, and last but most definitely not least Mech Warrior V.
Then have someone port the Halos to the PC and release future versions of all of your games simultaneously on the PC and the ShitBox.

Until then just fuck you and shove your AoE 2 where el sol no make no light, capisce?! kthx

 
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20. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 20:12 RaZ0r!
 
Speaking of old now HD strategy games, I picked up Majesty Gold HD on Steam awhile back. I found that the HD version made the buildings and units too small at 1080p. I ended up just playing the non HD version (which was included) in low res but stretched and it looked fine.

Granted, I'm a......seasoned gamer so my eye site is not what it used to be.

I just wonder if I'll have the same problem with this HD remake. The problem with this one I don't think there is a fall back to the old resolutions. The Steam store page lists 900x600 as the minimum resolution.

Maybe I should just take my ass to the eye doctor.
 
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19. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 19:37 dheer
 
Day one for me. Just to have it digitally. The HD part is a bonus. My original disc is so scratched I couldn't install it last time I had the itch to play it.

I hope they work on a release for Age of Mythology next.
 
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18. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:56 SykesN.
 
I still play Rise of Nations from time to time. Maybe they will bring that next if this one sells well. Throw in Age of Mythology and I'm a happy camper.  
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17. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:45 PHJF
 
AoE2 is an absolute classic, bring it on I say!

Except it's been hopelessly outpaced by more modern games. There's no two ways about it: Rise of Nations was a unilateral improvement on Age of Empires.
 
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16. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:43 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 7, 2013, 17:39:
Ptt, look at Hollywood, is there a movie they're not remaking yet?

I'm not sure that imitating Hollywood makes for great promotional quotes...

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15. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:39 Cutter
 
Creston wrote on Mar 7, 2013, 17:01:
Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam! milk you for the exact same game with a few minor upgrades!

Seriously? Was there anyone clamoring for this, MS?

Creston

Ptt, look at Hollywood, is there a movie they're not remaking yet?
 
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14. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:35 Creston
 
NewMaxx wrote on Mar 7, 2013, 17:10:
I have to agree that it's overpriced, but that's probably what they had to do to get the IP holders to agree.

The IP holders? You mean Microsoft? I know Redmond gets wacky sometimes, but I don't think even Microsoft has to pay Microsoft to be allowed to re-release a game.

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13. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:30 Frijoles
 
Numinar wrote on Mar 7, 2013, 17:04:
What I really want is Rise of Nations

I'd like to see this on Steam. I really miss that game. Is it even sold anywhere these days? I've no idea where my disc is. .. sold on Amazon, apparently. Tempting.
 
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12. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:19 zombiefan
 
START THE GAME ALREADY!!!  
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11. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:10 NewMaxx
 
I have to agree that it's overpriced, but that's probably what they had to do to get the IP holders to agree. If it were on GOG with a patch for original owners (a la Stronghold HD) it would be more palatable.  
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10. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:08 Mad Max RW
 
Crustacean Soup wrote on Mar 7, 2013, 16:48:
There are hacks to run AOE2 at a higher resolution. It doesn't look like this has anything "HD" to it other than that...

(the Workshop and multiplayer support is cool, though)

I think they added a new effect to the water and fixed the UI but that's it. This would be a good deal for $5.
 
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9. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:04 Numinar
 
Loved this game, the MP functionality was pretty wild.

What I really want is Rise of Nations tightened up for modern systems though, as the game mechanics in that were really refreshing, more like a real time civ than anything I have played before or since.
 
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8. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 17:01 Creston
 
Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam! milk you for the exact same game with a few minor upgrades!

Seriously? Was there anyone clamoring for this, MS?

Creston
 
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7. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 16:48 Crustacean Soup
 
There are hacks to run AOE2 at a higher resolution. It doesn't look like this has anything "HD" to it other than that...

(the Workshop and multiplayer support is cool, though)
 
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6. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 16:45 NegaDeath
 
Wait a second. A microsoft branded game using steamworks? Do I dare dream? Is GFWL finally dead? Pray  
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5. Re: Age of Empires II HD Next Month Mar 7, 2013, 16:32 dumpy
 
A good effort, if a little expensive. I would much prefer a HD update for the original, as I never really found II very immersive. The voice acting was horrible too.  
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