Microsoft Announces 'Age Of Empires II HD' For April Release

Microsoft-Announces-Age-Of-Empires-II-HD-Due-For-Release-In-AprilAs far as real-time strategy games go, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is without a doubt one of the greatest to have ever graced the PC. Clearly aware of its merits, Microsoft has decided to revive the 1999 title by re-releasing the game in high definition on Steam.

Sadly the game's original creator, Ensemble Studios is no longer around. Microsoft has drafted in Hidden Path Entertainment (the team behind Defense Grid series, Counter Strike: Global Offensive) to update the classic RTS.

Age of Empires II HD Edition is due to be released on April 9 on Steam, including online achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking services, and cloud support. Gamers will also be able to share their user generated content such as custom scenarios through the Steam Workshop.

This HD remake will include everything from the original title, along with the additional campaigns from the Conquerors expansion pack. Microsoft is also stating that the remake has been developed with high-resolution displays in mind. Their "enhanced visual engine" will include improved textures for in game assets for up to 1080p displays.

Age of Empires II HD Edition Trailer

Source: Gamespot

Last Updated ( 07 March 2013 )  


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