The trailer says everything anyone would need to know about this.
*runs around screaming like the kid who got this for his 12th birthday!*
10% off until launch!
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!http://ageofempiresonline.com/en/articles/blog-20130308Developed by Ensemble Studios in 1998, and reimagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is proud to announce Age of Empires II: HD Edition; available to gamers around the world exclusively via Steamworks on April 9, 2013*.
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 experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both The 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.
Re-mastered for high resolution displays 1080p+
Enhanced visual engine with improved terrain textures, water, fire and ambient lighting effects
New Steamworks features: Achievements, Leaderboards, Matchmaking and Cloud support.
Share user created content with Steam Workshop support
Minimum System Requirements:
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 Pro
900x600 minimum display resolution
Direct X 9.0c+ GPU
*Yes, you did read that right, the game isn't available until April 9th - but *YOU* can unlock it early. Pre-purchase your copy today and get the game on April 5, four days sooner!
Want to pre-purchase a bundle? That's totally possible - we've got three options for you:
Want the game, no fuss no muss? Pre-purchase now!
Pre-purchase AOEII: HD Edition for 10% off and get the game on April 5th.
Bundle 2 is for those looking to conquer the ages with friends!
Pre-purchase AOEII: HD Edition 4 Pack - $59.99 (Buy 3, get the 4th free!)
Bundle 3 lets you experience the Age of Empires Legacy!
3) Pre-purchase Age of Empires Legacy Bundle - $27.99 (Receive Age of Empires III and both expansions at time of purchase and Age of Empires II: HD Edition will unlock automatically as soon as it becomes available!)
Want even more details? Cool! We've got them for you!
Relive the memories! Age of Empires II: HD Editions plays just like the classic, but with experiences you’ve come to expect from modern games.
For those of you who love to geek out over the details:
Returning existing beloved features:
9 Single Player Campaigns
18 Civilizations from the original Age of Empires II and the Age of Empires II: The Conquerors expansion
Available Language Localizations:
Game Audio & Text Localizations available for the following languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Korean.
(Text only localization available in Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, Russian and Japanese)
New for Age of Empires II: HD Edition:
Enhanced Graphics with Classic Feel
1080p+ high resolution support
Updated lighting effects and improved fire & water effects
New Steam Features, including:
Up to 8 Players
Game Lobby Browser
Invite your Steam friends to custom games
Steam Workshop Support (Edit and upload custom game types, scenarios & more!)
In-game Launcher for news and community updates
Community events, forums and support
Got more questions? Check out our nifty FAQ here:
http://forums.ageofempiresonline.com...ad.aspx#350618Here's a quick overview of some of the more common questions we've seen since announcing the game. More information will be coming in the weeks leading up to the game's release!
Does Age of Empires 2: HD Edition support Steam cloud saves?
I have the original Age of Empires 2. Can I play multiplayer matches with my friends who have the new HD version?
Age of Empires 2: HD Edition uses a different multiplayer service than the original version, so cross-platform matchmaking is not possible. You will need to have the same version as your friend in order to play together.
Can I play the game over LAN?
You can play single player while Steam is in offline mode, but will still need internet access to connect to Steam for multiplayer capability.
Can I redeem my cd key from the original Age of Empires 2 to get the new HD version?
At this time, such cd key activation is not available. You can only get Age of Empires 2: HD Edition via direct purchase from Steam or by purchasing a Steam key from an authorized retailer.
Will this game be available on Mac or Linux?
There are no plans for a Mac or Linux version at this time.
Will the game be available in my region?
Age of Empires II: HD Edition will be available in any region that Steam currently supports.
How do I use Steam Workshop?
Steam Workshop can be accessed from the game launcher as well as from the in-game menu. With Steam Workshop, you can share, download, and build user-created content for the game.
Is there DRM?
Age of Empires 2: HD Edition uses only the Steam service for license management. Games for Windows LIVE is not required.
Is this still the same Age of Empires that I know and love?
Absolutely! All of the gameplay remains the same, we have merely updated the game to run on current operating systems, with HD graphics. (You remember those cheat codes? Yeah, those still work too!) The game now scales to fit your monitor, and even offers multi-monitor support for even higher resolutions!
Have there been any changes made to the gameplay?
No, it's still the same classic Age of Empires II experience.
What are the minimum system requirements to play the game?
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 Pro
Steam Software Platform
900x600 minimum resolution display
Direct X 9 Capable GPU