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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

In 1997, Age of Empires changed RTS games forever. Today, twenty years later, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition begins that transformation anew with all-new graphics, remastered sound and music, and a smooth UI experience rebuilt from the ground up! Play the legendary RTS that started it all!


Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is available on the Microsoft Store from February 20th 2018.


Play all the civilizations from the original Age of Empires and the Rise of Rome expansion!

  • Assyrians – Restore the might of the Assyrian Empire under Adad-nirari II and terrify your enemies as the supreme Assyrian archers darken the sun with the shafts of their arrows.
  • Babylonians – Walk through the Ishtar Gate, ascend ziggurats, and explore the great city of Babylon, a testament to your people’s mastery of stone masonry. Its palace garden, a wonder of the world, was truly paradise on earth.
  • Carthaginians – Lead Carthage from city-state to empire and challenge the might of Rome with menacing war elephants and an indomitable navy.
  • Choson – Control the advanced kingdom of Gojoseon and expand your territory by alliance or through the might of your powerful swordsmen.
  • Egyptians – Sail the Nile River, construct massive pyramids to send your pharaohs to godhood, and lead armies of powerful charioteers as you vie for control of the rich lands of Canaan and the Levant.
  • Greeks – Establish colonies using your mobile fleets, resolve internal conflicts, and command armies of swift hoplites as you expand your domain.
  • Hittites – Pouring out of the rocky hills of Anatolia, the Hittites were the terror of the Near East. Lay waste to enemy cities with armies of skilled bowmen and durable siege engines.
  • Macedonians – Relive the conquests of Alexander the Great at the head of an army of disciplined infantry and powerful siege engines, building a vast empire stretching from Greece to India.
  • Minoans – Construct vast fleets of ships and build a Mediterranean trade network that will be commemorated on the vibrant frescos within your grand palaces.
  • Palmyrans – Rising out of the sands of the Syrian Desert, Palmyra built its hegemony on trade and commerce. Defend your caravans and raid your enemies with swift camelry bred in the harsh desert.
  • Persians – Throw off the Median yoke, conquer Babylon, and build a diverse empire stretching from India and Egypt to Thrace. Powerful elephants will trample anything that stands in your way!
  • Phoenicians – Invent the alphabet, fashion sturdy ships from the famous cedars of Lebanon, and lead voyages throughout the Mediterranean. Distant lands and the vast seas beyond the Pillars of Heracles await!
  • Romans – Draw your gladius and emulate the tactical brilliance of Caesar and Trajan as you lead the fabled Roman legions from humble beginnings to mastery of Europe and the Mediterranean world.
  • Shang – Reap the economic benefits of the fertile Yellow River valley and construct massive fortifications to repulse nomadic invasions from the northern steppe.
  • Sumerians – Cultivate the rich soils of Mesopotamia, invent writing and the wheel, and wage the wars of Gilgamesh and Sargon. No enemy city will withstand your fearsome siege engines!
  • Yamato – Take command of sturdy fleets and large cavalry armies as you vie to unify your hardworking people and forge the Empire of the Rising Sun.

Fight your way across antiquity and relive some of the most famed campaigns from the Stone Age all the way through the Iron Age.

  • Ascent of Egypt
  • Voices of Babylon
  • Glory of Greece
  • Yamato Empire of the Rising Sun
  • Reign of the Hittites
  • Rise of Rome
  • Ave Caesar
  • Imperium Romanum
  • Enemies of Rome
  • First Punic War

  • All-new graphics & artwork
  • Multiplayer
  • Remastered soundtrack
  • Remastered sound effects
  • Completely revamped UI
  • The good old campaigns with proper spit and polish
  • Countless balance adjustments
  • New terrains & scenario editor objects
  • Classic Mode – The original 1997 experience
  • Plenty a-wololo

A very special word of thank to all the people who have helped us on this project!

  • Thomas F

    Really cool! I love what you are doing, but please, add a gate for walls… in the original AoE there was no way to build one…Please consider this, I’m pretty sure many would love this feature.

  • Kane Kuchera

    If this doesn’t go on Steam or DRM free such as GOG then I can guarantee I will not be buying it. I bet I’m not alone and speak for literally thousands with this view point. MS just just want to force their console focused approach to gaming onto PC users. We don’t like it and we never will; Windows live and the Microsoft store have been nothing but awful since their conception. Oh and Windows 10 only? What a disgusting stunt to pull that is by no means a technical limitation but just shitty tactics to force people to “upgrade” to windows 10 when many of us still prefer 7 for many legitimate reasons. @Ms I personally look forward to when this goes on the pirate bay with a nice drm crack and I hope tens of thousands download it until you stop with your deplorable bs.

  • Pablo Vasconcelos Rios

    wtf? por que adiaram para 12/2018????

  • Xavier Xante

    I hope you balance the existing civs by reassigning the techs. Original aoe or rise of rome is heavily unbalanced. For example, Hittites are too OP.

    I also hope you add new civs like mauryans, spartans etc.,

  • Xavier Xante

    Still, I can’t wait for this! There are very few games like aoe rise of rome, which focuses on ancient history. 0 AD is the only other game like this, as far as I know.

  • Paweł Małecki

    To remaster a game in 2017 and make it 2D. With fixed camera.

    All that after aesthetically pleasing, three-dimensional AoE3. What a waste of potential.

  • Kushal Jain

    Is there battle of tunes in first punic war campaign in definitive edition? The one that came with demo version?

    • Yush, that one is included (was my favourite scenario as well)