Age of Empires 2 HD remake revealed

Age of Empires 2 HD

Hidden Path Entertainment, best known for their enthralling tower defense game, Defense Grid, has revealed they are developing an HD remake of the classic RTS Age of Empires II.

The game will be hitting Steam exclusively on 9 April 2013. The standard launch price is US$19.99 (R181.60). Those who pre-purchase for US$17.99 (R163.43) will get early access to the game on 5 April. There’s also a bundle which throws in Age of Empires 3 Complete for US$27.99 (R256.30).

The game is remastered for 1080p+ displays, and boasts an “enhanced visual engine” for better textures on terrain, water, and fire, as well as new-fangled lighting effects.

Age of Empires 2 HD will contain all the campaigns and content from the original AoEII: Age of Kings base game and its The Conquerers expansion.

Steam Workshop support will be integrated, meaning that we can expect tons of cool mods in the spirit of the original Age of Empires 2 mod scene.

Other Steam features include achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking and cloud saves.

Check out the announce video and comparison screenshots below:

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

Age of Empires 2 HD Comparison Screenshot

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  • http://twitter.com/Weeman360 Weeman360

    First piece of good news for gaming in a week

  • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://mygaming.co.za/news James Etherington-Smith

    I’m keen on this one. I love AOE2, even with its crummy graphics (relative to modern games). You just can’t argue with the core gameplay and charm.

  • Pew

    That’s a lot of cash for something which barely looks any better than the original…

    Rather remaster and remake AOE I.

  • Vorastra

    Oh hell yes.
    How games used to be. In 10-20 years time, you wont see many of today’s games getting remakes because they just aren’t that good. Makes you think about the industry of today.

    I’m still playing Age of Empires 1 on my laptop, cant beat it. Ololo.

  • Vorastra

    Take all my internets. AOE 1 is the sh*t.

  • CeeZedCee

    Playing it till 3am on school nights FTW!

  • Bl1zz4rd

    This is awesome. I do think it’s a little overpriced, but I’ll definitely be getting it. Used to play a huge amount of conquerors. Will this have offline LAN support like the original?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484350260 Jaid Orfali

    Rogan?

  • Vorastra

    Erebus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484350260 Jaid Orfali

    :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484350260 Jaid Orfali

    Highly Doubt it

  • Bl1zz4rd

    Howcome?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484350260 Jaid Orfali

    I agree with you but I preordered this for the relaunched multiplayer :D gona start raping noobs played this games many many years :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484350260 Jaid Orfali

    Piracy, maybe idk? I hope it does but if if does not then I’ll use my original aoe2

  • Bl1zz4rd

    Same here.

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