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Patch 2.5 is a patch Age of Empires II HD, released on July 19, 2013. It introduced a variety of bug fixes and improvements. Numerically, it skipped a 2.4 patch, as the 2.4 number was used as a beta-patch for 2.5[1]

Tech Tree[]

  • Implementation of unique unit with purple legend entry, and purple boxes for all unique units. Make sure any unique unit is not visible by more than one civ.
  • Tech tree should show up properly at all scales on both the left and right side. There were several clipping bugs when the window was at a 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Scrolling to the left or right in windowed mode should feel right. Before it would only scroll in some cases when you were well outside the window boundaries.
  • Scrolling should be disabled when you are close to the bottom of the window so it doesn't interfere with resizing.
  • Scroll and close buttons are always centered now in any resolution/aspect ratio.

Gameplay[]

  • Maximum Selection Size
    • Increased from 40 (2.3) to 60 (2.5). Backed down from 200 in 2.4beta due to aforementioned reasons
  • Hotkeys
    • Reverted hotkey changes from 2.3 that caused incorrectly functioning shift + alt control group commands
    • You can now hotkey groups 0-9. (An added control group over the original 1-9)
    • The hotkey reset button will not scroll the menu to the top of the screen anymore
    • Clicking reset hotkeys will restore the key to the default instead of making there be no hotkey for the item.

Localization[]

  • English strings are no longer locked inside language.dll, but use language_base.txt. Other languages will be converted to this new system in upcoming patches.

Steam Stats / Achievements[]

  • Single Battle Buildings Razed stat and Single Battle Buildings Lost stat was incorrectly using units lost and has been corrected. These stats/achievements will be reset on the official 2.5 release

Cheats[]

  • From 2.3, cheats for wood, food, gold, and stone are now 10,000 instead of 1,000 and should reduce the wear and tear on your ctrl + v keys.

Lobby / Quickmatch[]

  • Quickmatch should match players with the closest applicable ELO ratings and should use DM or RM ratings depending on which mode is selected.
  • You can now adjust the speed of quick match games. It was getting stuck on Normal whenever you readied yourself.
  • Lobby games are now sorted properly, with games on top reported closest to host according to Steam.
  • Regional settings for lobbies will be primarily based on your Steam download region settings, thus unsurprisingly it is recommended to select the download location closest to you.
  • You can filter lobbies and quickmatch by regional settings including:
    • Worldwide Shows everyone on the patch
    • Far Within a continent or two roughly.
    • Regional Your region and surrounding regions
    • Close Only games in the same region as you
  • Additional information in the lobby browser. Clicking once on a game will display added info including:
    • Names of players in game
    • ELO of players in game for the associated gametype
    • Indication of whether the game is RM or DM
    • Other misc information (i.e. scenario name)
  • Double click to join a game lobby

Performance changes from 2.3[]

  • Internal frame rate is capped at 60 (from 20).
  • User interface updates 10 times per second as opposed to once per second. (mini-map, progress bars, etc)
  • Introduced pixel smooth scrolling over "half-tile" scrolling. You may want to adjust your scrolling speed options if you find it is too slow.
  • Reduced "Command Lag". This is new to the final 2.5 build. Previous builds (including 2.5beta) presented an optimized terrain rendering issue any time a building completed construction or a farm was placed. Previously, it would trigger a full regeneration of the map's 3D terrain. As a result, this was introducing a significant "command lag" and undesirable performance tax. This was especially prevalent with rapid placement of farms. The official 2.5 patch has resolved the issue by regenerating only the affected terrain instead of the entire map.
  • If you encounter any issues with frame rate unlocks, you can revert to the original behavior by running the game with -ORIGFPS. You can right click on Age of Empires II: HD Edition in Steam, go to properties. Then click on Set Launch Options and enter -ORIGFPS. It will remember this setting, so you may eventually want to remove it later

Leaderboards & ELO Ratings[]

The ELO calculations have been completely rewritten from the live version in 2.3 and follow the old MS Zone calculations. These boards will be reset again at the go-live for 2.5. Here are the known rules

  • Leaderboard ELO calculations are only considered for games that contain exactly two teams and no AI players. Any other combinations of teams are not considered for ELO calculations, such as a 3 player free for all
  • There are two separate ranked leaderboards which encompass the following:
    • Deathmatch games will be ranked on the DM leaderboard.
    • Random Map, Turbo RM, King of the Hill, Regicide, Defend the Wonder, and Wonder Race are part of the RM leaderboard.
    • Any other mode will not be considered for ELO score calculations and is unranked, such as custom scenarios.
  • There is a minimum time that a ranked game requires before the game will be officially calculated on the leaderboard. 2 minutes for DM and 5 minutes for RM. Games under those time limits are considered pre-maturely completed and are not scored.
  • A pre-game penalty is deducted for starting any ranked match. The 3 points is refunded back at the end of the game whether you win, lose, resign, or quit, irregardless of the time limits for determining whether an
  • ELO calculation kicks in (5 minutes RM, 2 minutes DM). It is designed to penalize players that pull the network plug to avoid finishing games.
  • Any MP game that is saved and restored later will be considered an unranked game to avoid exploitation.
  • We are now tracking additional stats per leaderboard that will detect players that exploit disconnections. This information is accessible now to 3rd party websites, and may be displayed in future patches.

Crash fixes[]

  • We have fixed a random crash affecting Windows XP users involving issuing move orders – which could cause games to occasionally crash during gameplay.

Known issues[]

  • It is highly recommended when moving to the beta build (or when upgrading between builds) to create a new player profile to avoid any potential conflicts during the upgrade. You can do so within the game by going to options, deleting the current profile, and creating a new one.
  • If you do a fresh install of AOE II HD after having the game on your system, in certain circumstances text may appear to vanish from in-game. This is a result of font files in the steam folder needing to be read on startup. (Windows thinks you got rid of the fonts and didn't initialize them again when you re-downloaded the game). Simply restart your machine and the text will re-appear.
  • We are tracking several rare crashes across multiple versions on windows XP during campaign play and will continue to investigate to improve stability.
  • For some players the steam overlay may present a significant framerate drop when visible. We're looking into this, but if you wish to disable the overlay in the game's properties simply uncheck "enable steam community in game".
  • Please ensure you are using a copy legitimately purchased through official retail channels (Amazon, Steam, GameStop, etc) and downloaded through Steam when attempting to play AOE II HD. We cannot support issues that may crop up with other versions.

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 · Update 118476
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
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