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Age of Empires II Receives First Official Expansion in 14 Years

| 16 Aug 2013 02:09

"Forgotten Empires," originally a fan-made mod, has received the official expansion status for Age of Empires II HD.

Well here's something you don't see every day, Age of Empires II, a game which is over 14 years old, is getting a brand new expansion pack. "Forgotten Empires," originally a fan-made mod, has received the official expansion status for the Age of Empires II HD Edition, and will be released this fall via Steam.

Forgotten Empires for the HD re-release will add a ton of new features to the game, including:

  • Proper spectator features
  • Twitch.tv integration (including chat ingame)
  • Forgotten Empires civs, units, tech tree and balance changes (can be toggled on and off at will in settings)
  • New game modes: Treaty (no rush mode), Capture the Relic (akin to neutral flag CTF)
  • New campaigns: Four new campaigns, all set in the Italian peninsula over its long and messy history (Fall of Rome, Mercenary fighters, the Byzantine campaigns to reconquer Italy, etc).
  • New map size: Ludicrous (4x the area of the previous largest)
  • New map scripts: Acropolis, Golden Pit, new Megarandom, etc.
  • New AI: Uses competitive builds and does not cheat.

If you own the original Age of Empires II (not the HD re-release) you can actually already download the mod and try it out for free. It would be a safe bet to assume it will also be a free download when it comes out for the HD edition this fall.

Forgotten Empires includes 5 brand new civilizations: the Italians, Indians, Hungarians, Slavs, and the Incas, 30 new technologies, 9 new units, and a population increase to 1000. You'll be able to play with these new toys on 11 new maps.

Source: Gamechup

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