10 Mar 2013

Age of Empires II HD Launching on April 9

One of the favorite strategy game for millions of people around the globe (including myself) is all set for a comeback in HD, as Age of Empires II HD Edition! Microsoft recently announced that it would be launching Age of Empires II HD Edition, a reimagining of the 1999 real-time strategy game. With Ensemble Studios being closed down, all the work on the remastered version is being done by Hidden Path, the studio that brought us Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Age of Empires II HD Edition is all set to launch on April 9 exclusively through Steam across the world at a price of $19.99. Gamers won't need to wait that long to play, however, as those who pre-purchase will be able to get it on April 5 along with a 10% discount.

Age of Empires II HD Edition includes every single-player campaign from the Age of Kings original and the Conquerors expansion, making it a grand total of 18. In addition, in the new online multiplayer mode, gamers can challenge other Steam players through the game's online mode.

According to Microsoft, Age of Empires II HD Edition has been remastered for high-resolution displays at 1080p. It also includes an "enhanced visual engine" sporting improved textures for terrain, water and fire, and ambient lighting effects. It also has support for multiple monitor.

Steamworks features for Age of Empires II HD Edition include achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking, and cloud support. In addition, gamers can share user created content through the Steam Workshop.

Minimum System Requirements:
1. Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 Pro
2. Steam Software Platform
3. 900x600 minimum display resolution
4. Direct X 9 Capable GPU
5. 1.2GHz CPU
6. 1GB RAM
7. 2GB HDD
Although private developer’s (like the ones behind Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires), have already brought out many of the features of Age of Empires II HD Edition, its great to see Microsoft Studios spend its resources in re-building a classic game. A demand/wish/hope a lot of gamers had with this game. Looking forward to hours of gaming in HD!  

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