Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is nearly upon us and some lucky community members have been playing the game for the last month. In the run-up to release next week (November 14), Microsoft has allowed some streamers to upload new videos for the remaster and the game looks wonderful. Not too much has changed from its E3 showing, but it's still great to see the game in motion.
The first video, courtesy of channel ZeroEmpire, gives us an overview of all the new changes in Definitive Edition. While a classic mode toggle will be present for those that wish to recreate the 1999 classic, a completely rebalanced mode will be available for players new to the series. The biggest change is obviously the graphical facelift, which will feature full 4K support for anyone with the right equipment.
In addition to that, some new civilizations are present alongside all of the DLC created for Age of Empires 2: HD Edition. The new civilizations include the Bulgarians, the Cumans, the Tatars, and the Lithuanians. Three of them will have campaigns available in the single-player mode (bringing the total count to 27).
As for the other video, channel TheViperAOC takes an extended look at the campaign exclusive to the Bulgarian civilization. Called "The Last Khans," this 42-minute deep dive covers some of the same ground as the above video but goes into more nitty-gritty details about how these new changes impact gameplay. It's quite informative if a bit heavy on spoilers for the Bulgarians.
With the addition of these new campaigns, Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will boast over 200 hours worth of single-player content. It's unlikely that more will be added, but developer Forgotten Empires has done a painstaking job in recreating all of the details of this beloved classic. The team's passion for the project was clearly evident at E3 when I had the chance to sit down with some of the devs.
Going for $20, this really seems like a steal. Age of Empires 2 may not be the most modern game around, but it's definitely a trip through gaming history worth taking. That you'll have more content than you'll know what to do with is just icing on the cake.