Ensemble Studios created and Microsoft released Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, a real-time strategy computer game. It’s the follow-up to the first Age of Empires game, which came out in 1999 for PCs and Macs.
The Age of Kings is a medieval RTS with 13 different civilizations. Players must first amass sufficient resources to construct settlements, raise armies, and ultimately triumph over the game’s antagonists.
Five campaigns based on real-world events put players in unique situations with a compelling narrative arc, three other single-player game modes, and a multiplayer mode. Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome was released in 1998 instead of 1997 despite employing the same game engine and code similar to its predecessor, The Age of Kings.
When developing Age of Empires, the design team prioritized fixing significant difficulties, but they admitted that several were still present upon the game’s release. There was overwhelmingly positive feedback for Age of Empires II.
The vast array of new features and the enhanced gameplay were both lauded. According to Metacritic, a website that compiles reviews of video games, the game was met with “universal acclaim.”
Age of Empires II was so successful that it had already delivered two million copies three months after its release and was number one on the charts in seven different nations.
The game received numerous accolades and is now regarded as a timeless masterpiece because of its profound impact on the video gaming industry. Age of Empires II: The Gold Edition is a compilation of the original game plus its 2000 expansion, The Conquerors. Numerous gamers rank Age of Empires II among the best games ever created.
Age of Empires II: HD Edition, with its enhanced high-definition visuals, was released in 2013. New missions, civilizations, and high-definition visuals are all part of the HD Edition, which also contains the base game and the expansion of The Conquerors. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, a remaster, came out in November this year.
Empires Await Your Command: Age of Empires 2 Xbox Release
Age of Empires 2 for Xbox will be available on the market on the 31st of January. On the day of its release, Age of Empires 2 will open in the Standard and Deluxe Xbox Game Pass Ultimate editions. The Xbox Store will sell a standalone game version without downloadable content in each of those editions.
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Xbox Warriors Unite: Age of Empires 2 Release Time is Here
According to the Xbox Store, the release time for Age of Empires 2 on Xbox is January 31 at 12 pm ET / 5 pm GMT. We will let you know if anything needs to be adjusted before the launch.
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Age of Empires 2 Xbox Preload
Preloading Age of Empires 2 on Xbox Game Pass is possible before launch. However, it is not yet the entire installation. The file is now a placeholder and takes up about 300 MB; however, it will be updated automatically in the near future.
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Age of Empires 2 Xbox Download Size
According to the Xbox Store, the initial Age of Empires 2 download size is around 18.26GB. Please note that this does not account for any updates that may be introduced on day one.