Post by Dan @ 11:21am 08/03/13 | 13 Comments
Microsoft has announced Age of Empires II HD Edition, a revamp of Ensemble Studios' acclaimed real-time strategy game, being "re-imagined in high definition" by Defense Grid, and CS:Go developer Hidden Path Entertainment.
In Age of Empires II: HD Edition, fans of the original game and new players alike will fall in love with the classic Age of Empires II experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both Age of Kings and The Conquerors expansion, choose from 18 civilizations spanning over a thousand years of history, and head online to challenge other Steam players in your quest for world domination throughout the ages.Age of Empires II HD will launch on Steam on April 10th 2013 for US$19.99, however customers that pre-order in the next two days will reportedly be able to access the game early on April 5th, along with a 10% discount.
Perhaps more tantalising than the resolution increase is the Steamworks support, which means achievements, leaderboards and matchmaking through Steam, as well as user-created content via the Steam Workshop.
AoE 2 marks the fourth Microsoft-published game to appear on Steam, indicating that even they have dumped the unpopular Games for Windows Live platform. It also confirms yet another rumour that was uncovered by the CDR Database dump, adding more weight to the rumoured Halo games making their way to Valve's platform.
Gamespot has a trailer for Age of Empires II: HD, which you can watch embedded below