Note: the mod version of Forgotten Empires is no longer patched. For continued support, please check out our Steam page.


Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires is an unofficial expansion for Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. You thus need the original Age of Empires II “Age of Kings” and the official expansion pack “The Conquerors” before you can install Forgotten Empires.


  1. Make sure to have Age of Empires II: The Conquerors installed
  2. Download the installer exe | zip
  3. Unzip the file into your Age of Empires II Installation folder (typically C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\) (example picture)
  4. Select your language
  5. Click Install


Got problems? Check our Support page here!
If you have problems picking your language, check this page!

If you’d have troubles with the installer for some reason: Manual installation

Manual Installation Instructions

  1. Make sure to have Age of Empires II: The Conquerors installed
  2. Download the Manual installation
  3. Unzip the file into your Age of Empires II Installation folder (typically C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\)
  4. Go to the /age2_x1 subfolder and run Fixaofe.exe
  5. Run age2_x2.exe to play!


  • majd

    I can”t change the screen size, it always stays small window. Can you help me please?

    • majd

      nvm, solved 😀

    • You cannot change the screensize of the menus, only ingame it changes 🙂

      • majd

        Yeah exactly. :))
        But now I have something else.
        The game crashes sometimes, the screen gets frozen but the sound goes on and I can’t do anything. Any idea about this?

  • JpKool

    I don’t know why i’m doing wrong. I tried installing it your way and my AoC kept loading, so i tried placing it somewhere else, tried renaming, and yet still cant get your expansion to load. any suggestions?

    • JpKool

      Problem Solved I just had to allow it to overwrite the current files

      • Innocent_Possum

        How did you do that, because I have the same problem… :/

        • Caelir

          Make sure you run it as administrator.

  • gpol

    What? Nothing for the Mac OS X version? Too bad.

    • Caelir

      We’ve built on the AoK/AoC engine, which was never designed for Mac. Keep in mind that we don’t have the hardcode available.

  • Ruotiukko

    A bug seems to be found: the Huns are not able to build walls at all, which is quite irritating and unfair.

    • It was mentioned to take off stone wall from Huns and give it to Goths (Huns still have palisade walls).
      The problem is that this change is not visible in tech tree and palisade gate is not even shown nor being in the hot key list.

  • leow193

    got a little problem : i only see one scenario campaign and everytime i finish it, i see older custom campaign (which din’t appeared while lauching the game, (second bug)).
    I still found the other scenario but only while playing a standard game but there were no objectives.

    Thanks for the reply

    • Caelir

      We only included one scenario at this time as a teaser. Next scenario’s for the Alaric campaign will follow with next updates. We will also add the Sforza campaign and later on a Byzantine campaign. So now worries! 🙂

      What is the second scenario you are referring to btw? (afaik there is no second)

      • leow193

        well, the thing is that i installed other custom campaigns and they disappeared when i launched forgotten empires (and i forgot to play them so i thought it came with forgotten empire).
        But, when i finish the Alaric scenario, the others come back.
        Also there seems to be some problem with the introduction video and microsoft logo: it say’s “video unavailable missing compressor vids:IV50”

  • TheLegion

    Hi! Congratulations for the public release of the AoFE! It’s an excellent add to the game so far. But I, particulary, have a problem with the gameplay… It’s there some way to set the keyboard shortcuts to the originals AoC values? Has been almost 15 years of my life using “V” and “B” to enter the construction options (example), and now they are on “A” and “S”! I agree that they are easy to change on game options, but there’s a ton of them and that means big & hard work to someone like me :-/
    Sorry if my english is too bad. I’m From Argentina so this isn’t my native tongue.
    Thanks for your time!

    • YG8322

      I don’t think you can change it back to the conquerors key shortcuts in like one click because there is a new building, the palisade gate so the shortcuts have to be different and I played deathmatch yesterday and lol i pressed “c” like ten times and it didn’t create villager and yeah you have to do them manually

    • Caelir

      Try this (posted on the facebook by Fotis):

      After installation:
      1)Run Age of Empires 2 Conquerors
      2)go to hotkeys and reset them, that will reset to the original ones
      3)run Forgotten empires after and they should be the default.

      However, I would advise you to give the new ones a chance. Maybe they fit you better?

  • powerray

    When I start a Standard Game below the botton of The conquerors campaigns with magyars after the loading I see just black screen and hear a music… pls help!

  • Luksul

    I cant play the game it keeps getting dont send i instaled everything

  • Innocent_Possum

    Please Help!
    I am so excited to play this!
    I ran Fix.exe, then when I launched age2_x2 nothing happened.
    I moved everything into the age2_x1 folder next to age2_x1 and ran age2_x2 and then only conquerors ran. 🙁

    • Caelir

      You just have to extract the files into your main folder and allow overwriting. Don’t put everything in age2_x1 folder! Make sure you extract as an administraor.

  • YG8322

    Thank you so much Cysion. Is it possible to download 2 languages like for me English and Chinese? Like if I copy the Conquerors file to two places? Thanks.