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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a remaster of Age of Empires. It features significantly improved visuals, multiple quality of life improvements, and incorporates The Rise of Rome expansion.

First announced on June 12, 2017[1][2] and set to be released on October 19, 2017 as a Windows 10 store-exclusive title for the original game's 20th anniversary,[3] it was delayed until February 20, 2018 and later released on Steam on August 19, 2019.

On October 25, 2022, on the 25th Anniversary of the Age of Empires series, the game was announced to be ported to the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition engine. This was implemented through the Return of Rome expansion for the latter.

New features[]

  • Achievements
  • All-new graphics and artwork
  • Attack move functionality[4]
  • Balance adjustments
  • Classic Mode – The original 1997 experience
  • Enhanced pathfinding[4]
  • Increased population limit[4]
  • New, fully remastered soundtrack
  • New terrains and scenario editor objects
  • New zoom levels[4]
  • Remastered sound effects
  • Revamped and expanded UI
  • Reworked campaigns

Major post-launch changes:

  • Automatic Farm Reseed in the Granary
  • Automatic File Transfer of scenarios and maps in the Multiplayer Lobby
  • Global queue indicator for all currently queued technologies and units
  • Mixed technology queues
  • Mixed unit queues
  • New Elo and 'Ranked' game modes
  • Option to toggle blood effects on and off
  • Priests auto-heal wounded units
  • Scouts auto-attack if they've been tasked to attack, or when attacked by a non-gaia unit
  • Ship acceleration removed
  • UI indicator for amount of villagers working on each resource
  • Unit stances[5]

Balance adjustments[]

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This article is about the changes made with the release itself. For the summary of changes made with the Definitive Edition, see Summary of changes in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition‎.

Units and buildings[]

  • Hunters work 5% faster than before (previously they were as slow as Foragers).
  • Food available from Whale increased to 300 Food.
  • Gold and stone miners work 15% faster (to compensate bug fixes to technologies).
  • Short Swordsmen directly available in the Bronze Age without any research.
  • Broad Swordsmen have +10 hit points, Long Swordsmen have +20 hit points.
  • Changes in train/build time of units: Camel Riders are 6% slower to train (now 25% faster to train than Cavalry); Farms: 20% faster; towers: 10% faster.
  • Horse Archer and Heavy Horse Archer have 1 pierce armor (previously 2).
  • Heavy Cavalry +1 armor.
  • Cataphract: +20 hit points, +1 armor, +1 pierce armor; upgrade cost to 1600F, 750G (previously 2000F, 850G).
  • Elephant Archers have +1 attack, cost reduced to 180F, 45G (previously 180F, 60G).
  • War/Armored Elephant and Scythe Chariot trample damage area reduced just enough so that they no longer damage enemy units/buildings on the other side of a wall.
  • Slingers have higher bonus attack (+4) vs mounted archers (bonus vs foot archers unchanged).
  • Camel Riders now have bonus attack against all mounted units. Missing +4 bonus attack vs. elephants added.
  • All chariots now have double attack vs. Priests (previously +7). It's calculated from their base attack.
  • Armored Elephant bonus attack vs. buildings decreased by 1.
  • Scout gets +2 Line of Sight per age upgrade – already present, but undocumented effect. Bonus from upgrading from Stone to Tool Age is removed (Scout isn't available in the Stone Age).
  • Catapult, Heavy Catapult and Juggernaught have slightly smaller damage area radius.
  • Siege weapon projectiles (stones and bolts) travel slightly faster (they were very slow), but are also slightly slower to reload (affects all stone and bolt firing units).
  • Helepolis has 30% slower fire rate (previously it fired as fast as archers). Helepolis projectiles are faster (as noted above).
  • Catapult Triremes now have 135 hit points (previously 120 hit points).
  • Catapult Triremes and Juggernaughts move 10% faster, cost reduced to 135W, 50G (previously 135W, 75G).
  • Juggernaughts can no longer destroy trees. Upgrade cost reduced to 1300F, 700W (previously: 2000F, 900W).
  • Academy cost reduced to 150W (previously 200W).
  • Priests have +1 healing range.
  • Trade Boats to 120 hit points (previously 200 – too much for a Stone Age unit); Merchant Ships to 200 hit points (previously 250).

Technologies[]

All civilizations[]

Assyrians AoE Assyrians[]

Babylonians AoE Babylonians[]

Carthaginians AoE Carthaginians[]

Choson AoE Choson[]

Egyptians AoE Egyptians[]

Greeks AoE Greeks[]

  • New bonus: Academy units cost 20% less (in addition to the already present speed bonus).
  • Ships are 20% faster (previously 17% faster).

Hittites AoE Hittites[]

Macedonians AoE Macedonians[]

Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans[]

  • New bonus: Start the game with +50 Food (because their villagers cost 75 F).
  • Villagers work 25% faster for all tasks (previously 20% faster for some tasks, 0% faster for others).
  • Get Coinage.

Persians AoE Persians[]

Phoenicians AoE Phoenicians[]

Shang AoE Shang[]

  • Walls have +75% hit points (previously +100% hit points).
  • Get Coinage.

Sumerians AoE Sumerians[]

Yamato AoE Yamato[]

  • Villagers move 10% faster (previously 18% faster).
  • All ships have +25% hit points (previously +33% hit points for Fishing Ships, +30% hit points for other ships)

Campaigns[]

The Definitive Edition offers the campaigns from Age of Empires (including Reign of the Hittites from the demo) and The Rise of Rome (including The First Punic War from the demo). Some scenarios were renamed, had gameplay changes, or included different descriptions and faction names.

The full list of campaigns are:

Trivia[]

  • This is the only Definitive Edition to not include new civilizations and brand new campaigns or scenarios (Reign of the Hitites and The First Punic War were demo campaigns for the original version) and is the only one where all unit voices have been redone.

Gallery[]

External links[]

References[]

Patches/Updates/Hotfixes
Age of Empires
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires 1.0a · 1.0b · 1.0c
RomeIcon The Rise of Rome 1.0a
Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition Release · CU3 · CU4 · CU5 · CU6 · CU7 · U8 · U9 · U10 · U11 · Update 28529 · Update 34483 · Update 35199 · Update 38862 · Update 46777 · Update 100.2.31845.0 | Summary
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome Update 83607 · Hotfix 85208 · Hotfix 85614 · Update 87863 · Update 93001 · Hotfix 93870 · Update 95810 · Update 99311 · Update 107882 · Update 108769 · Hotfix 109739 · Update 111772 · Hotfix 113358
Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings 2.0a [backport of patch 1.0 for The Conquerors]
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors 1.0 (launch) · 1.0b · 1.0c
Aoe2 hb HD Edition 2.1 · 2.2 · 2.3 · 2.5 · 2.6 · 2.7 · 2.8
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten 3.0 · 3.1 · 3.2 · 3.3 · 3.4 · 3.5 · 3.6 · 3.6a · 3.7 · 3.8 · 3.9 · 4.0 · 4.1 · 4.2 · 4.3
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms 4.4 · 4.5 · 4.6 · 4.7 · 4.8 · 4.9
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas 5.0 · 5.1 · 5.3 · 5.4 · 5.5 · 5.6 · 5.7 · 5.8
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last Khans Update 32708 · Update 32911 · Update 33059 · Update 33164 · Update 33315 · Update 34055 · Hotfix 34223 · Hotfix 34397 · Update 34699 · Hotfix 34793 · Hotfix 35209 · Update 35584 · Update 36202 · Update 36906 · Update 37650 · Hotfix 37906 · Update 39284 · Hotfix 39515 · Update 40220 · Update 40874 · Update 41855 · Update 42848 · Hotfix 43210
AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West Update 44725 · Hotfix 44834 · Hotfix 45185 · Update 46295 · Update 47820 · Update 50292 · Hotfix 50700
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes Update 51737 · Hotfix 53347 · Update 54480 · Update 56005 · Update 58259 · Update 59165
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India Update 61321 · Update 62085 · Update 63482 · Hotfix 63581 · Update 66692 · Hotfix 71094 · Update 73855 · Update 75350 · Update 77209 · Update 78174 · Hotfix 78757 · Update 81058 · Hotfix 82587
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome Update 83607 · Hotfix 85208 · Hotfix 85614 · Update 87863 · Update 90260 · Update 93001 · Hotfix 93870
AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals Update 95810 · Hotfix 96976 · Update 99311 · Hotfix 99404 · Update 104954
Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished Update 107882 · Update 108769 · Hotfix 109739 · Update 111772 · Hotfix 113358 · Hotfix 114480 · Update 117204
Age of Mythology
Aom original icon Windows 1.01 · 1.02 · 1.03 · 1.04 · 1.05 · 1.06 · 1.07 · 1.08 · 1.09 · 1.10
Aom original icon Mac 1.0.1 · 2.0 · 2.01
AoM The Titans icon The Titans 1.01 · 1.02 · 1.03
AoM Extended icon Extended Edition 1.5 · 1.6 · 1.7 · 1.8 · 1.9 · 1.10 · 1.11 · 1.12
AoM Extended icon Tale of the Dragon 2.0 · 2.1 · 2.2 · 2.3 · 2.4 · 2.5 · 2.6 · 2.7 · 2.8
AoMIcon-Retold Retold Release
Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III 1.01 · 1.02 · 1.03 · 1.04 · 1.05 · 1.06 · 1.07 · 1.08 · 1.09 · 1.10 · 1.11 · 1.12 · 1.13 · 1.14
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs 1.01 · 1.02 · 1.03 · 1.04 · 1.05 · 1.06
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties 1.01 · 1.02 · 1.03
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition Update 3552 · Hotfix 4087 · Update 5208 · Update 6159 · Hotfix 6847 · Update 9476 · Update 10807 · Update 13088 · Update 14825 · Update 18493 · Update 20322 · Update 23511 · Hotfix 24632 · Update 26865 · Hotfix 27330 · Hotfix 27812 · Update 29715 · Hotfix 30181
Age3DE Icon The African Royals Update 38254 · Hotfix 39346 · Update 43871 · Update 47581 · Update 50830 · Update 54545 · Update 56860 · Update 61213 · Update 13.690 · Update 13.4412
Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean Update 13.9057 · Update 13.10442 · Update 13.12327 · Update 13.18214 · Update 13.27885 · Hotfix 13.29366 · Hotfix 13.29985 · Update 13.38085 · Update 13.58326 · Update 14.3853 · Update 14.43676 · Update 15.30007 · Patch 15.30007 · Update 15.59076
GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IV
Release Patch 7989 · Update 8324 · Patch 9369 · Patch 10257 · Patch 11009 · Patch 11963
Season One Season One Update · Patch 12973 · Patch 14681 · Patch 15965
Season Two Season Two Update 17718 · Patch 20249 · Patch 23349
Season Three Update 24916 · Patch 5.1.148 · Patch 5.1.148.1 · Patch 5.2.131
Season Four Update 6.0.878 · Patch 6.1.130
Season Five Update 7.0.5861 · Hotfix 7.0.5976 · Hotfix 7.0.6026 · Patch 7.1.113
Xbox release Update 8.0.185 · Patch 8.1.276 · Patch 8.2.218
Season Six Update 9.1.176 · Patch 9.1.370 · Patch 9.2.628
Season Seven Update 10.0.576 · Patch 10.1.48
Season Eight Update 11.0.782
Age of Empires
Main series
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of EmpiresRomeIcon The Rise of Rome
Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Return of Rome
AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires IIAoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors
Aoe2 hb HD Edition: AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten · AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms · AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas
AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition (AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last Khans) : AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West · Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes · AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India · AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome · AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals · Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished
Aom original icon Age of MythologyAoM The Titans icon The Titans
AoM Extended icon Extended Edition: AoM Extended icon Tale of the Dragon
AoMIcon-Retold Retold
3Icon48px Age of Empires III3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs · 3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition: AoE3 USA DLC USA DLC · Age3DE Icon The African Royals · AoE3 Mexico DLC Mexican DLC · Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean
GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IVAnniversary Edition · The Sultans Ascend
Other games
Age of Empires Online Age of Empires Online · Age of Empires Castle Siege logo Age of Empires: Castle Siege
HandheldAoe2DSicon Age of Empires: The Age of Kings · AoMDSicon Age of Empires: Mythologies
MobileAge of Empires II Mobile (Deluxe) · Age of Empires III Mobile · Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties Mobile · Age of Empires - World Domination logo Age of Empires: World Domination · AoE Mobile new icon Age of Empires Mobile
TabletopAge of Empires: Expandable Card Game · Age of Mythology: The Boardgame · Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery
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