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Merry Christmas!
Posted by Fisk on December 25th, 2019 @ 11:05 a.m.
On behalf of the AoEH staff, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If you feel like getting a late Christmas gift for yourself or somebody else, you might be interested to know that until the 2nd of January, you can get AoE: Definitive Edition 75 % off on Steam!
Poll Roundup
Posted by Fisk on December 01st, 2019 @ 3:27 p.m.
As we enter December the time has come to close the poll and move on to our next question. Last time we asked you what the most effective rush unit in the game is and I believe the winner will not come as a shock to those familiar with the game.

What's the most effective rush unit?

Chariot Archer (23%, 32 Votes)

Villager (11%, 16 Votes)
Slinger (11%, 15 Votes)
Cavalry (10%, 14 Votes)
Clubman/Axeman (10%, 14 Votes)
Bowman (8%, 11 Votes)
Chariot (6%, 9 Votes)
Hoplite (6%, 9 Votes)
Stone Thrower (4%, 6 Votes)
Improved/Composite Bowman (4%, 5 Votes)
Short/Broad Swordsman (3%, 4 Votes)
Camel Rider (2%, 3 Votes)
Scout (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Votes: 140

During the past month there have been two major news items regarding the Age series. However as everyhing AoE2-related is handled by the other website I guess I have no choice but to ask you about AoE4. Not much is known at the time, but it seems clear the developers are intent on returning to the Medieval Times. Some were expecting the series to pick up where we left off in the third game, while others have been hoping that the series would return to its roots. So let's hear what you think, did they make the right decision or would you rather have seen something else?
AoE 4 preview trailer released
Posted by PhatFish on November 15th, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.
Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is out now. And also... an alpha preview of AoE 4:

AoE: DE Update 28529 now available
Posted by PhatFish on October 01st, 2019 @ 11:02 a.m.
From the official Ageofempires.com website:
Update 28529 is aimed at fixing at some of the more recent pain points youve helped identify over the last few weeks: including issues with the multiplayer lobby and match setup, villager pathfinding, region selection, and a handful of other areas.
And in other news, Age of Empires II Definitive Edition is set to be released mid to late November of this year, both on the MS Store and Steam platforms. You can still become an Age insider and sign up for the beta here.
Definitive Edition now on Steam!
Posted by Fisk on August 20th, 2019 @ 12:40 p.m.
Exactly 18 months after its original release, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is now available on Steam. When we asked our visitors back then, one third responded that they would refuse to buy the game unless it was released on Steam, but did they hold out all this time? If you gave in, there's no need to sweat, cross-network play will of course be enabled between people who purchased the game on Steam and those who did so via Windows Store.

Thanks to forum member Anterior2 for bringing this to our attention.
New poll, HG site changing
Posted by Fisk on July 18th, 2019 @ 5:16 p.m.
Hello everyone, I apologize that we haven't been keeping up with the rapid update schedule of Definitive Edition. At the end of March I asked you what you would like to see most from a future patch, and you responded thusly:

Improved AI (26%, 23 Votes)
New Gameplay Content, Units, Techs, etc. (24%, 22 Votes)
Stability/Bugfixes (12%, 11 Votes)
New Campaigns/Scenarios (12%, 11 Votes)
Ranked MP Matchmaking (9%, 8 Votes)
Modding Support (9%, 8 Votes)
Automatic MP Map Sharing (6%, 5 Votes)
Other (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Votes: 90

However as I'm sure most of you know already, during the time this poll has been running three additional updates have been released, bringing us up to the current Update 11. These updates have brought us several of the proposals listed in the poll, including Ranked MP and updates to the AI. Still, I have a feeling most of you still do not consider the computer player to be the sharpest knife in the drawer as the votes have kept coming in for improved AI.

For our next poll, we have listed all the units up until the Iron Age in order to ask you: What is the most effective rush unit?

In other news, our site has been changing quite a bit. You may not see much difference, but in the background Pecunia has been making a great work getting us https certified. For now http requests are not redirected to https, but if you came here through your adress bar you may view the "new site" here. As this is brand new we have been asked to be on the lookout for bugs such as page resources not loading correctly (Look at that, I can already spot the headline font in the sidebars is missing!) or other adverse effects. As always if you spot any problems make sure to leave us a note in the website feedback forum.
Patch 9 has been released!
Posted by Epd999 on April 05th, 2019 @ 05:15 a.m.
Where did all these updates come from? A month after patch 8 came out we have been graced with another update for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. Unlike any patches before, this patch makes small tweaks to the balance to level the playing field further between civilisations. It also includes minor improvements to AI, pathing and giving users more graphical options.

Also included was a teaser for what's to come with the next update, the communities most requested feature. Maybe they've been paying attention to our most recent poll? But the most important thing is, though a bit overdue, AoE: DE is finally getting the love it deserves and I can't wait for what updates to the game the future brings.

A full list of all the changes can be found here: https://www.ageofempires.com/news/age-of-empires-definitive-edition-update-9/. Let us know what you think will be included in the next update!
Patch 8 out, poll roundup, and more!
Posted by Fisk on March 28th, 2019 @ 7:13 p.m.
So, in case you missed it, patch 8 has been out for a few weeks now! It's good to see Definitive Edition get some love, though some have complained that the changes to the AI weren't quite what they had been cracked up to be. So for our next poll I'd like you to think about your wishes if we were blessed with one more update:

What would you like to see most from a future patch?

I mostly has Definitive Edition in mind for this question as it is the game most likely to receive another update, but if you still didn't get it, you may pretend it's about one final official update to the original AoE about 20 years late. And don't forget to comment if you feel that I missed something important in the alternatives!

This of course brings us to our last poll in which we asked:

What do you think of walkable farms?

I love them! (70%, 57 Votes)
I don't like them at all. (16%, 13 Votes)
I'm indifferent. (14%, 11 Votes)

Total Votes: 81

So as you can see, there is a whopping 70 % approval of walkable farms among our community members, so it seems that was indeed an apppraciated addition to DE. If you'd like to see an (not entirely perfect) implementation of the feature for the original game, you might want to try out The_Patriarck's UPatch-based 5thLegacy Mod, which was last updated this February.

Finally, I have a word for our forum users. As you may be aware, the day of April Fools is soon to come, and with that comes HG's traditional Name Change Day. So if you wish to recieve a new nickname on our forums, your chance is now! Sign into the correct thread at Outside Discussions before the 1st of April and make your request for a new name, and may the angels smile upon you!
AoE DE update 8 coming soon
Posted by PhatFish on February 27th, 2019 @ 08:13 a.m.
It's been little over a year now since Definitive Edition was released. We have gotten some very meager updates afterwards, but now it seems more features are finally coming our way:

"Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Update 8 is currently in the works! It will be released soon, and will include some of the community's most-requested features, including automatic farm reseeding, mixed unit queues, dead unit decay, and more!"

Source: ageofempires.com

No word on the game/certain features being actually properly finished with this update however, so don't get your hopes up. Still it is a most welcome suprise!

You may have noticed some additional advertisement here on AoEH and HG, sometimes up to the point where it's downright interfering with viewing the website normally. If this is the case for you, you might want to consider using an adblocker (especially the case on mobile devices). HG needs ads to keep running however, we are working on getting this sorted out as soon as possible, thank you for your patience.
A custom AoE soundtrack
Posted by PhatFish on January 27th, 2019 @ 06:50 a.m.
Normally I wouldn't go about and promoting my own stuff on the front page of AoEH, but this is an exception - this is something I'm rather proud of and want to share with everyone. Even though the Beyond the Indus expansion isn't finished yet, I wanted to release this rather sooner than later - so here you go folks. Here is my custom full soundtrack. I wrote and composed all of these tracks myself using various instruments: my keyboard, drumpad, and for most tracks I used the SoundCanvas - the same sampler Stephen Rippy used for composing the original AoERoR music.

Download it here.

I hope you enjoy the songs as much as I did creating them. Let me know your comments and thoughts!