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Update 34699 is a patch in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, released on January 21, 2020.

Game stability[]

  • Fixed an issue that would cause the game to crash on start-up.
  • Fixed a crash that would affect players in Spectator mode.
  • Fixed a rare crash when skipping through the Art of War videos.
  • Implemented various other crash fixes.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented save files containing non-Unicode text characters from transferring correctly when signing into another device.
  • Implemented a warning message when a LAN server is blocked by a firewall.

Performance[]

  • Implemented improvements to RAM usage for configurations with dedicated VRAM.

Gameplay[]

  • Livestock can now be garrisoned and transported in Transport Ships.
  • Animals that can be ordered will no longer run faster than intended when tasked with waypoints.
  • Increased the base speed of controllable animals.
  • Double-clicking units no longer temporarily selects garrisoned units.
  • Fixed an issue where Villagers would sometimes not return to their work after being garrisoned inside a Castle.
  • Fixed a rare issue where Petards would fail to deal damage to Gates.
  • Fishing Ships will now put more effort into seeking out new fishing spots if their original gathering point is depleted.
  • The Guard hotkey for the Bombard Cannon and Mangonel now works as intended.
  • Trade units will now prioritize the Market that is furthest away for trading.
  • Fixed an issue where Monks would occasionally heal units beyond their intended range.
  • The building preview now displays the correct graphic when the cursor is moved beyond the map’s edge.
  • Multiple Town Centers can now be queued up for construction by holding the Shift key during placement mode.
  • Fixed an issue where waypoints would sometimes display in incorrect positions.
  • The Anarchy technology now utilizes the correct hotkey.
  • Removed the combat abilities from Markets, Monasteries, Archery Ranges, and Stables. (These were previously only available by using gather points.)
  • Cancelling the Spies upgrade will now return the full cost rather than only returning 200 gold.
  • Cancelling units in a production queue will now return the actual amount of resources initially spent on the unit. (This is a legacy issue from the CD version.)
  • Players no longer receive additional score points for killing Dismounted Konniks.
  • AI achievements can no longer be unlocked when playing campaign scenarios.

Civilization balance[]

General[]

  • The Mayans and Chinese will no longer be granted their bonus starting villagers until a Town Center has been constructed.
  • Battle Elephant [Standard & Elite]: Reduced the training time from 28 to 24 seconds.

Burmese[]

  • Arambai [Standard & Elite]: Reduced the wood cost from 80 wood, 60 gold to 75 wood, 60 gold.

Chinese[]

  • Can now research the Block Printing technology.

Khmer[]

  • Farmers no longer require Mills or Town Centers to drop off food.

Persians[]

  • Increased the cost of Archer units after researching the Kamandaran technology from 50 to 60 wood.

Slavs[]

  • Ranged Infantry units are no longer affected by the Druzhina technology.

Campaigns[]

General[]

  • Loading a saved campaign scenario no longer causes certain objects to display the wrong names. (Note that this does not affect old saves.)
  • Added the relevant dates and civilizations to each Campaign tooltip.

The Art of War[]

  • ‘Booming:’ Fixed a rare issue where the Imperial Age upgrade could not be unlocked.

Campaign scenarios[]

  • Alaric 1: ‘The Battle of the Frigidus’: The two relics have been moved to more accessible locations.
  • Alaric 3: ‘The Belly of the Beast’: The two enemy cities will now attack more often on moderate and hard difficulties.
  • Alaric 4: ‘The Giant Falls’: The player now starts with extra pavilions.
  • Bari 5: ‘The Onrushing Tide’: A timer has been added to track how much time remains to protect the city during the final part of the scenario.
  • Francisco de Almeida 3: ‘Ruins of Empires’: Fixed an exploit where a player could set their stance to neutral to safely convert hostile villagers without retaliation.
  • Francisco de Almeida 5: ‘A Son’s Blood’: Fixed an exploit where the player could win the scenario by constructing a wonder before receiving the objective to do so.
  • Francisco de Almeida 5: ‘A Son’s Blood’: Disabled the construction of Transport Ships, Mangonels, or the ability to upgrade to the Imperial Age during the “Truce” part of the scenario.
  • Genghis Khan 4: ‘The Horde Rides West’: Fixed a cliff that could be improperly traversed after removing the surrounding trees.
  • Kotyan Khan 5: ‘A New Home’: The player can no longer research the Redemption technology.
  • Le Loi 1: ‘The Dai Viet Uprising’: The secondary objective to bring the Relic Cart to the Monastery will now activate at the correct time.
  • Le Loi 1: ‘The Dai Viet Uprising’: Player 3 (AI) will no longer transfer all its assets to the player after completing the relic objective.
  • Le Loi 5: ‘A Three-Pronged Attack’: Fixed an issue where the AI would not participate in the scenario as intended.
  • Le Loi 6: ‘The Final Fortress’: Fixed a minor AI issue that would make the scenario harder to complete than intended.
  • Pachacuti 3: ‘War of Brothers’: The player can now build siege units after defeating the Chanca.
  • Sundjata 1: ‘Hunted’: Fixed a crash that could be triggered under certain circumstances during the scenario.
  • Sundjata 1: ‘Hunted’: The scenario will now properly end when Sundjata is killed, as intended.
  • Sundjata 2: ‘The Sting of the Scorpion’: Fixed a crash that could be triggered under certain circumstances during the scenario.
  • Sundjata 4: ‘Blood on the River Bank’: The objective to destroy the enemy will now update properly when completed.
  • Tariq ibn Ziyad 5: ‘Razzia’: Fixed an exploit where computer-controlled opponents would not activate if villagers were acquired early.
  • Yodit 1: ‘Path of Exile’: Increased the initial resources of the player. Gold and stone deposits are also more accessible to miners during the scenario.
  • Yodit 1: ‘Path of Exile’: Enemy opponents now receive less Shotel Warrior reinforcements.
  • Yodit 3: ‘A Fallen Crown’: The yellow team will now resign sooner when conditions are met.
  • Yodit 4: ‘Broken Stelae’: Secondary objectives will now update properly upon completion.
  • Yodit 4: ‘Broken Stelae’: Arab allies now send more ships, and allied tribes now receive additional units.
  • Yodit 4: ‘Broken Stelae’: If a stela is lost after completing the objective to control the stelae, the objective will now reactivate.

Random maps[]

General[]

  • Gold and Stone deposits, as well as Relics, will more effectively avoid cliffs during map generation.
  • Relics will now avoid forests more effectively during map generation.
  • Implemented additional logic to prevent Scouts from spawning in forests.
  • Starting sheep will now spawn between 7-8 tiles from the Town Center (was 8-9 tiles).
  • Team members’ walls that are adjacent to each other will now form a team wall instead of overlapping.
  • Changed the way Gates are generated on walled maps to reduce the chance of them being blocked.
  • Restored the Relic count to 5 on the following tiny, small, and medium maps. Relics are also more fairly distributed in a 1v1 setting:
  • Archipelago
  • Black Forest
  • Continental
  • Fortress
  • Highland
  • Islands
  • Team Islands
  • Fixed a bug where trees in some forest types could be deleted by using building foundations. They must now be chopped down before building a structure.
  • Dragon forests can now appear on more African-themed maps.
  • Implemented various cosmetic updates to terrains used on all maps.

Map Settings[]

  • King of the Hill: The monument now generates resources for the controlling player.
  • All gold, stone, relics, straggler trees, boar, sheep and fish have been removed from games set to “Infinite” resources.

Map Generation and Layout[]

  • The secondary gold and stone deposits are now more consistent and more closely resemble their original values on the following maps:
  • Acropolis
  • Arabia
  • Arena
  • Baltic
  • Black Forest
  • Budapest
  • Cenotes
  • City of Lakes
  • Coastal
  • Continental
  • Fortress
  • Ghost Lake
  • Hideout
  • Highland
  • Hill Fort
  • Lombardia
  • Mediterranean
  • Mongolia
  • Nomad
  • Oasis
  • Rivers
  • Salt Marsh
  • Scandinavia
  • Steppe
  • Team Islands
  • Valley
  • Yucatan
  • Acacia forests have been replaced by palm/dragon forests on the following maps:
  • Arabia
  • Coastal
  • Continental
  • Crater Lake
  • Fortress
  • Gold Rush
  • Nomad
  • Rivers
  • Team Islands
  • Valley
  • Added a Mediterranean season to the following maps:
  • Arabia
  • Arena
  • Archipelago
  • Black Forest
  • Coastal
  • Continental
  • Crater Lake
  • Gold Rush
  • Golden Pit
  • Hideout
  • Highland
  • Hill Fort
  • Islands
  • Mediterranean
  • Megarandom
  • Migration
  • Nomad
  • Oasis
  • Rivers
  • Team Islands
  • Valley
  • Enemy Archipelago
  • Enemy Islands
  • Open Plains
  • Swirling River
  • The Eye
  • Twin Forests
  • YingYang
  • Iberia
  • Italy
  • Byzantium

Maps[]

  • Acropolis: Added extra gold and stone nodes.
  • Acropolis: Adjusted the player starting positions so they all begin at an equal distance to the center of the map.
  • Archipelago: Fixed an issue where the starting gold nodes would fail to generate at the start of the map.
  • Fortress: Straggler trees no longer appear within the walls.
  • Fortress: Adjusted the forests so they at least partially appear within the walls.
  • Fortress: Boars will now spawn in two different positions as opposed to one group.
  • Fortress: Reduced the distance at which Boars spawn from the Town Center to 16-19 tiles (was 30-35 tiles).
  • Fortress: Walls will now consistently spawn 20 tiles from the Town Center. On ludicrous map size, they will spawn at 35 tiles from the Town Center.
  • Fortress: Towers will now consistently spawn within 2 tiles of the wall.
  • Fortress: Adjusted the generation of houses and other buildings so they do not impede the player.
  • Fortress: Improved the way farms are generated so they cleanly surround the Town Center.
  • Ghost Lake: Extra sheep spawns have been adjusted to form three groups of two sheep per player. These groups will only appear on the middle lake.
  • Golden Pit: Slightly increased the size of the pit in the center of the map.
  • Megarandom: Mangrove forests will now only appear on shallows.
  • Megarandom: Extra gold and stone deposits have been adjusted to spawn in more balanced locations for players.
  • Megarandom: Gold and stone deposits, as well as Relics, now spawn further away from forests.
  • Megarandom: Straggler trees will no longer be generated when playing a Deathmatch or Infinite Resources.
  • Sandbank: Adjusted the location of gold and stone deposits.
  • Sandbank: Improved the placement of additional deer spawns.
  • Scandinavia: Adjusted the generation of forests and ice patches to offer easier navigation and access to the water.
  • Scandinavia: Resources have been moved closer to players’ initial starting positions.
  • Team Islands: Fixed a rare issue where gold and stone nodes would fail to generate at the start of the map.
  • Team Islands: Removed cliffs from the map.
  • Team Islands: Reduced the distance between islands from 22 to 20.
  • Yucatan: Teams are now interconnected by shallow terrain in case rivers block passage.
  • Yucatan: Adjusted how forests and terrain are generated to provide more open gameplay.
  • Wolf Hill: Extra gold and stone deposits now spawn further away from forests.

Random Map Scripting (RMS)[]

  • Sudden Death can now be used as an identifier for custom RMS scripts.
  • Random maps can now place buildings on terrains without terrain restrictions.
  • Random maps now generate the correct Gate types for all Wall types.
  • Capture the Relic: Custom Nomad scripts will now allow the player to build a Monastery if the map doesn’t start with one.
  • Testing Random Map Scripts in the scenario editor now works correctly when teams are set using diplomacy settings.
  • A new command avoid_cliff_zone has been added to help prevent objects from appearing too close to cliffs. The distance can be set by using the same format as the avoid_forest_zone command.
  • Fixed an issue where setting land_percent to 100 would occasionally fail to generate land on all available tiles. (For example, this would sometimes result in random patches of water on Highland.)
  • The command, set_scaling_to_player_number, now works correctly when a map is generated in the scenario editor.
  • The command, circle_radius, now supports a secondary value to define the variance of the circle. For example, circle_radius 20 1 would create a circle with radius 20 and variance 1.
  • The command, random_map.def, now includes several new beach constants:
  • ICYSHORE
  • DLC_WETROCKBEACH
  • DLC_GRAVELBEACH
  • DLC_WETBEACH
  • DLC_REEDSBEACH
  • MEDITERRANEAN_FOREST
  • CYPRESS_TREE
  • ITALIAN_PINETREE
  • OLIVE_TREE

Lobbies and matchmaking[]

  • Fixed an issue where Custom Map pools would always reset to Coastal after starting a new game session.
  • Added a password filter to the Lobby Browser.
  • The Regicide game mode will no longer remove the ‘Victory Condition’ dropdown in multiplayer lobbies.
  • The ‘Starting Resources’ setting now works properly when playing Regicide.
  • Fixed an issue where the check marks on the loading screen would, on occasion, not update properly.

Graphics[]

  • Fixed a rare issue where unit outlines would fail to display behind construction graphics, Walls, and Gates.
  • Added smoke visual effects to Gate destruction animations.
  • Implemented various bug fixes and updates to art assets.

Audio[]

  • Fixed various issues where the voiceover dialog and subtitles did not match in campaign scenarios.
  • Fixed the muzzle and sound delay of Organ Guns, Bombard Cannons, and Hand Cannoneers.
  • Fixed the sound delay of Hand Cannoneers and Janissaries.
  • Fire Arrows shot from Towers will now use the new tower-specific arrow sound, as intended.
  • Fire Arrows no longer play the “whoosh” sound effect twice.

AI[]

General[]

  • AI-controlled players will now continue to function in multiplayer games if the host has left the game.
  • AI-controlled Scouts will now explore the map in custom scenarios.
  • Added a localized response to Taunt 31 for AI players.
  • Extreme difficulty: AI-controlled Eagle Scouts are now better at avoiding dangers while scouting.
  • Extreme difficulty: AI-controlled Scouts will no longer try to continuously steal herdable animals.
  • Extreme difficulty: Fixed an issue where the AI would sometimes fail to counter enemy Rams with Villagers.
  • Fixed an issue where the AI would prioritize building docks on the opposite side of the map despite starting near a body of water.
  • AI-controlled players will now construct fewer docks if they are not planning to construct ships soon thereafter.
  • Fixed a rare issue where AI players would flare where it was attacking too often.
  • Fixed a rare issue where AI players would not flare where it was being attacked when asking for assistance.
  • Fixed an issue where AI players would miscalculate their starting position when playing in a match with imbalanced teams.
  • Fixed an issue where, in rare circumstances, starting with an AI (CD) opponent on Extreme difficulty would display an error message.
  • Improved the behavior of villager migration to new islands.
  • Implemented various improvements to the strategic decision-making capabilities of AI players.
  • Implemented minor adjustments to difficulty scaling.

Pathfinding[]

  • Improved the behavior of military units when they are surrounding and attacking buildings.
  • Groups of units will now correctly make use of command queues.
  • Fixed an issue where military units would, on occasion, visually stutter while moving.
  • Fixed an issue where Gates would, on occasion, briefly block units during their destruction animation.
  • Fixed an issue where AI-controlled units in the campaign would stop attacking while in the Attack Move stance.
  • Fixed an issue where units could slide through obstructions if they were too close to fire while in the Stand Ground stance.
  • Fixed an issue where units on Stand Ground would stutter after ungarrisoning from a Siege Tower.
  • Fixed an issue where Rams would randomly lose interest when attacking a Gate.
  • Improved Ram pathfinding when moving to and attacking Gates and Towers.
  • Fixed an issue where Villagers would sometimes ignore commands while under attack.
  • Fixed an issue where Villagers would occasionally go idle under certain circumstances. This also improves villager gathering behavior in crowded situations.
  • The command, sn-maximum-patrol-distance, is now available for scenario designers to utilize the HD chasing behavior which broke the patrolling of individual units.

Scripting[]

Several adjustments have been made to the AI’s scripting:

  • up-cc-add-resource now also works for non-standard resources.
  • up-find-next-player now works correctly.
  • unit-type-count-total fact now counts units in queue.
  • up-object-type-count-total now counts units in queue.
  • up-get-point position-map-size is no longer off by 1.

UI[]

  • Updated the minimap to display the correct color for gravel and bogland terrain.
  • The Best Civ information on the player profile now shows the best civilization from both single player and multiplayer games.
  • Legacy HP colors are now displayed correctly in the UI.
  • Placeholder text no longer displays when a player loses connectivity to multiplayer services.
  • A Villager’s build queue no longer resets when a villager within their group of selected units is killed.
  • Fixed a rare issue where the unit command panel would not display properly.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented the correct display of allied units inside a building.
  • Fixed an issue where the Spectator command panel would not display properly when selecting multiple units.
  • Players who have resigned out of a match are now displayed correctly in the spectator UI.
  • Fixed a bug where resigned co-op players would see their names replaced by their team name.
  • Fixed an issue where hotkeys would continue to work in-game while the “Delete” confirmation window was in focus.
  • Fixed a rare issue where multiple UI screens would overlap each other.
  • Fixed a rare issue where AI names would not display properly on the loading screen.
  • Tech Tree: Unit stats are no longer inconsistent in the civilization tech tree when playing with a non-Dark Age start.
  • Tech Tree: Fixed a rare issue where researched unit or technology nodes did not appear correctly.
  • Tech Tree: Fixed a rare issue where some nodes did not include their required technologies.

Modding[]

  • Fixed a bug where mods could not be downloaded on systems with non-English characters in the local username.
  • By default, mods are now sorted by “Popular.”
  • Mod icons will no longer be reverted to the default icon when updating a mod.
  • Added a “Force Update Mod” button.
  • Fixed an issue where it custom audio could not be used in the intro or outro slides of a custom campaign.
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to override built-in campaign voiceover resulted in no audio at all.
  • Unlisted mods now update properly.

Scenario Editor[]

  • Loading legacy scenarios in the Editor will now unlock all new content to be placeable in that scenario.
  • Placeholder terrain is no longer visible under fog of war in some legacy scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented the ability to navigate text fields in the editor using the arrow keys.
  • Triggers: The object “visible” trigger condition now works correctly.
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