Well, yes and no. We ran the page for Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires for a few years now, but little did we know we would eventually evolve from random modders to an actual little gamedev company. That’s why we decided to set up a proper page for the company as well, which is aptly named “Forgotten Empires“.
Wait, why not use the old page?
The old page will still be updated, but will only feature AoE2 content. The new page is meant to bring you news on all the things we’re working on, including Age of Empires II, but also Age of Mythology and new secret projects we’re working on
Sagropireia is not your everyday scenario, it was created in 2011 for the Pretty Town Contest at Age of Kings Heaven and came out as the winner.
What’s a “Pretty Town Contest” I hear you think? A contest where your only goal is to design a nice map. It needs to look good and nothing more. However, Lord Basse added a storyline to his entry, so while exploring the city, you also need to explore yourself and your past.
Why would we advice a map which has little to no gameplay? Because the story is really good and shows there are dozens of ways you can make enjoyable scenarios in Age of Empires II. It’s a bit like a movie, although you have to click around yourself to unravel the tragic plot. An excerpt from the description, written by Lord Basse: You wake up with amnesia on a seemingly deserted island. Where did everyone go? Who are you, and how did you end up at this weird structure? Let the story of your and the island’s past unravel, or ignore the story completely and just enjoy the map design.
If you’re not completely convinced, you can take a look at this video from ZeroEmpires, briefly exploring the island of Sagropireia
Ever wondered what Age of Empires would be like if it was set in a Prehistoric era? Steam user Filthydelphia has created a scenario where you play as “Ee”, a Neanderthal hunter in a dangerous and changing world.
It is actually quite hard to give more details on the scenario as doing so would give away too many of the things that you’ll be facing in the scenario. However, I may say that the wildlife and landscape will be your biggest enemies. Unlike the traditional Age of Empires II where you have to sway entire Medieval cities, here you’ll be brought back to basics, fighting the elements and your environment.
Definitely a very creative scenario that plays like no other.
It’s long overdue, but the new AI has finally arrived for Age of Empires II HD! And not only for The Forgotten, also the base game received a fresh AI script.
AI scripters Archon and Promi (known for their work on the AI scripts “The Horde” and “Promi” on the original FE mod) teamed up to script a new standard AI for the HD edition. However, this came with a few fresh challenges: the mod and HD version have vastly different AI capabilities, so while they could use their knowledge and experience, they couldn’t just reuse their old work. However, the result is one that may be seen: the new AI can take on the old AI 1v4 on the hardest level and will give a good challenge to casual players who want to step up their game a bit. However, if you still wish to play the old AI: you can select it as “Conquerors AI” when setting up your game.
Some other improvements:
The AI will now retreat and regroup its troops, no longer suiciding themselves one by one to your castles.
The AI will make units depending on your army composition, trying to counter you.
The AI now makes unit combinations that make sense. No longer will you see petards and longswordsmen flooding out of their bases.
The AI no longer cheats! Originally the AI would cheat on hardest (receiving +500 resources every time it aged up), now it plays fair on all levels.
All in all, a lot of new variation for your compstomps!
We also welcome a new campaign to this patch. You might remember the Battles of the Conquerors from the original game. We came up with a variant for the Forgotten. Cleverly named “Battles of the Forgotten”. In a series of 8 scenarios, we tried to cover some of the civs that had less coverage in the AoE2 campaigns so far: Chinese, Britons, Vikings, Magyars, Japanese, Mayans, Turks and Persians.
So that’s a lot of hours of new content added to the game for free, enjoy!
If you haven’t heard of GreenManGaming yet, they are cross-platform website for selling video games. They sell games for Steam, Origin, Uplay, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. But what’s most important, today the whole Age of Empires series is on sale!
However, the sale is only valid for the next 15 hours!
If you’re looking for more: Age of Mythology: EE and Age of Empires III are on sale as well: http://www.greenmangaming.com/ifd-microsoft/
After the success of Age of Empires II HD, Microsoft decided to dust off another one of their golden oldies for a Steam remake. This has lead to Age of Mythology: Extended Edition. Which is now out on Steam! So if you’re a fan of the Age of Empires series, but haven’t checked out this one, we would definitely advice it. The game stays true to the core mechanics of AoE, but set in a Mythological world.
Now, what does this have to do with Forgotten Empires? We have assisted the developers, SkyBox Labs, with QA testing, localisation and general consultancy based on our experiences with the Age of Empires series. Definitely a fun experience and quite challenging!
It’s been a while since we updated our site and that’s about to be changed! We revamped the commenting system (you no longer need to create an account at this site, you can use your social media or Disqus accounts from now on).
But what’s more thrilling is that since last week, a new campaign has been added to Age of Empires II: The Forgotten! This time it’s all about the one civ in AoF that did not have its spotlight in a campaign yet: the Indians.
The story of Prithiviraj: As the 12th century comes to a close, India is divided between the ruling Rajput clans. One of them, the Chauhans, have just been blessed with a new king. His name is Prithviraj and his determination to unite the rival states is unprecedented. But what happens when he falls in love with the daughter of his enemy? And does he have the strength to stop a full-scale Muslim invasion from the west?
For more information on the campaigns, check out the campaign page.
We’ve been waiting a long time on posting an official statement regarding Forgotten Empires & Age of Empires II HD. But here it is. We’re getting our daily dose of mails, and these are some of the most returning questions:
Is Forgotten Empires compatible with AoE2HD?
No, it isn’t. AoFE only runs on your original copy of AoE2 + the Conquerors.
Will Forgotten Empires be ported to AoE2HD?
We would love to! However, there are a few things to consider: AoE2HD is still in development, at the time of writing, patch 2.1 for AoE2HD has been released and they’re already working on 2.2. Of course you can only mod a finished game, otherwise you’ll run into trouble soon Other than that, it will just take a lot of time: quite a few changes came with AoE2HD. All for the better of course, but modding wise, there’s a lot of new challenges. 32-bit terrains and SLP-specific palettes come to mind (all for better graphical goodness!)
So yes, we’re looking into things, but it will take some time. But we all have a bit of patience on a 14 year old game I guess?
What’s your opinion on AoE2HD?
It’s the best thing that happened to AoE2 since it’s release. Official support is what was lacking in the community for ages. And I’m sure they will resolve any issues that will come up with the game in the near future. AoE2 is a game with a huge legacy, I doubt they ever want to let go of that again.
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. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios and reimagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!