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Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's - Updated 4/4/13!

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  •  03-07-2013, 5:04 PM 350618

    Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's - Updated 4/4/13!

    When will I be able to FINALLY start playing AOEII: HD?

    • The game will officially unlock for pre-purchasers on Steam at approximately 10AM Pacific time (GMT -7), April 5th, 2013. 
    • The game is also now available for pre-loading (updated 11:40am PST)

    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 thn 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 redeem my cd key from the original Age of Empires 2 to get the new HD version?

    • CD key activation is not available. You can only get Age of Empires 2: HD Edition via direct purchase from Steam.

     
    Can I play the game over LAN?

    • You can play single player while Steam is in offline mode, but you will still need internet access to connect to Steam for multiplayer capability.

     

    Does Age of Empires 2: HD Edition support Steam cloud saves?

    •  Yes!

     

    Will this game be available on Mac or Linux?

    • There are no plans for a Mac OS 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.

     

    Can I play with gamers worldwide?

    • You can play Age of Empires II: HD Editions with gamers around the world. Search for games will present results based on the best ping available. Set up private or friend's only games, or invite players for easy access to your pals around the world.

    What kind of Matchmaking is there?

    • Up to 8 Players
    • Quick-match Matchmaking
    • Game Lobby Browser
    • Invite your Steam friends to custom games

     

    How will the Leaderboard rankings work? (Similar to AOE3, etc?)

    • All leaderboards are handled through the Steam API. You do have a user rank / skill that is calculated like an ELO, but it's not in public facing tiers like Age of Empires III. All of the multiplayer is also handled through Steam, so our feature set falls within the realm of the API's capabilities; we'll provide additional detail between now and launch. 

     

    How do I use Steam Workshop?

    • Steam Workshop can be accessed from the game launcher as well as from the in-game menu, and scenario editor.  With Steam Workshop, you can share, download, and build user-created content for the game.  We will have a special blog dedicated to these features in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

     

    Is there DRM?

    • Age of Empires 2: HD Edition uses only the Steam service for license management. Games for Windows LIVE is not required.

     

    Have there been any changes made to the gameplay?

    • No, it's still the same classic Age of Empires II experience.

     

    ...So this is 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. The game now scales to fit your monitor, and even offers multi-monitor support for even higher resolutions!

     

    What version of the game is this?

    • You can expect the mechanics and balance from 1.0c.

     

    Will this work on my Surface Pro?

    • Yup! Touch does work, though a mouse and keyboard make it much easier.

     

    What are the minimum system requirements to play the game?

    • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (Not available on ARM architecture, i.e. Windows 8 RT)
    • Steam Software Platform
    • 900x600 minimum resolution display
    • Direct X 9.0c Capable GPU
    • 1.2GHz CPU
    • 1GB RAM
    • 2GB HDD

     

    So I know if we buy bundle 1 (single copy of the game), AOEII: HD unlocks early. What about if I buy the 4-pack or the Legacy bundles? Do I still get the game on April 5th?

    • Yes! No matter which bundle option fits you best, you will be able to play the game on April 5th. And for those users who purchase a 4-pack with friends, *everyone* who is apart of the 4-pack will also have the game on April 5th.  


    I heard that the population cap has been increased. OMZ!!!!!11!!!)!111!
    How will this work in-game?

    • You will be able to choose to increase the population cap to 500. However, this option will only be available in custom match games, it is not possible to raise the cap in single player (affects game balance) or via Quick Match.

     

    What are you guys planning to do to prevent hacking?
    • The primary purpose of Age of Empires II: HD Edition was to focus on updating the core original gameplay.  We are utilizing some of Steam’s proprietary technologies to help prevent unauthorized modification of the core game, and will monitor the game environment after release.

     

  •  03-12-2013, 7:45 PM 351861 in reply to 350618

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Is the hotkeys going to be better then they use to be ?

  •  03-12-2013, 9:30 PM 351882 in reply to 350618

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Not any questions, just wanted to reiterate the epic graphics!  Big Smile

    GRAPHICS ARE AMAZING! 


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  •  03-13-2013, 1:05 AM 351895 in reply to 351882

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Will The Hotkeys from New age games be implemented in AOC cause it really needs them. Some features need to be added to the general UI as well like Idle villagers icon showing up. Number of villagers assigned on each resource etc
  •  03-13-2013, 4:34 AM 351906 in reply to 351895

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    screenshots= new campaign?
  •  03-13-2013, 1:29 PM 351978 in reply to 351906

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    monstrueux43:
    screenshots= new campaign?

     

    Not exactly ;)

  •  03-13-2013, 1:42 PM 351985 in reply to 351978

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Kitty, Would you please add the bit about the 4-pack also including early access? 

    Ref: http://forums.ageofempiresonline.com/forums/thread/351947.aspx

  •  03-13-2013, 2:12 PM 351991 in reply to 351985

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    EmpireAmulet:

    Kitty, Would you please add the bit about the 4-pack also including early access? 

    Ref: http://forums.ageofempiresonline.com/forums/thread/351947.aspx

     

    Already had it open to edit :)

  •  03-13-2013, 2:29 PM 351993 in reply to 351895

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Destromat:
    Will The Hotkeys from New age games be implemented in AOC cause it really needs them. Some features need to be added to the general UI as well like Idle villagers icon showing up. Number of villagers assigned on each resource etc

     

    obviously my point is being ignored lol 

  •  03-13-2013, 3:07 PM 352004 in reply to 351993

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Destromat:

    Destromat:
    Will The Hotkeys from New age games be implemented in AOC cause it really needs them. Some features need to be added to the general UI as well like Idle villagers icon showing up. Number of villagers assigned on each resource etc

    obviously my point is being ignored lol 

    I have the same question to
  •  03-13-2013, 3:28 PM 352006 in reply to 352004

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    empierdave:
    Destromat:

    Destromat:
    Will The Hotkeys from New age games be implemented in AOC cause it really needs them. Some features need to be added to the general UI as well like Idle villagers icon showing up. Number of villagers assigned on each resource etc

    obviously my point is being ignored lol 

    I have the same question to

     

    We don't ignore, but we do wait to answer until we have received clarification/confirmation :)

    Hotkeys have not changed from AOEII.

  •  03-13-2013, 3:35 PM 352007 in reply to 352006

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Kitty:
    empierdave:
    Destromat:

    Destromat:
    Will The Hotkeys from New age games be implemented in AOC cause it really needs them. Some features need to be added to the general UI as well like Idle villagers icon showing up. Number of villagers assigned on each resource etc

    obviously my point is being ignored lol 

    I have the same question to

     

    We don't ignore, but we do wait to answer until we have received clarification/confirmation :)

    Hotkeys have not changed from AOEII.

    Ok thanks I'll still buy it anyways ;)
  •  03-13-2013, 3:41 PM 352008 in reply to 352006

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Kitty:
    empierdave:
    Destromat:

    Destromat:
    Will The Hotkeys from New age games be implemented in AOC cause it really needs them. Some features need to be added to the general UI as well like Idle villagers icon showing up. Number of villagers assigned on each resource etc

    obviously my point is being ignored lol 

    I have the same question to

     

    We don't ignore, but we do wait to answer until we have received clarification/confirmation :)

    Hotkeys have not changed from AOEII.

    Thats not good. Hotkeys need to be improved like in aoe3 or aoeo 

  •  03-13-2013, 4:42 PM 352014 in reply to 352008

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Destromat:

    Thats not good. Hotkeys need to be improved like in aoe3 or aoeo 

     

    What kind of changes are you talking about exactly? The hot keys are generic across all buildings, etc - however you can always remap the keys if you don't like how they're laid out...?

  •  03-13-2013, 5:20 PM 352017 in reply to 350618

    Re: Age of Empires II: HD Edition announcement FAQ's

    Any chance of changing the corn icon back into the good ol' steak? I'm sure PETA probably* will throw a fit, but it's just one of those icons associated with AoE.

     

     * definitely 

     

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