Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, the critically acclaimed remaster of the classic RTS game, has received a new update and event. The update includes two new campaigns in the Return of Rome expansion, Ascent of Egypt and The First Punic War, as well as a Return of Rome Event with challenges and rewards.
New Campaigns and Event
Ascent of Egypt
In Ascent of Egypt, players will take on the role of the Egyptian pharaoh Menes as he unites the Upper and Lower Kingdoms and establishes the Old Kingdom of Egypt. The campaign features a variety of new challenges, including new units, buildings, and technologies.
Pyrrhus of Epirus
In The First Punic War, players will command the Carthaginian empire in their war against the Roman Empire. The campaign features three epic scenarios that task players with pushing back the Roman invasion, destroying their supply lines, and erecting a monument to the strength of Carthage.
The Return of Rome Event is a limited-time event that runs from September 22 to October 10, 2023. During the event, players can complete challenges to earn rewards, such as profile icons, graphical mods, and resources.
Balance Changes, Bug Fixes, and Other Improvements
In addition to the new campaigns and event, the update also includes a number of balance changes, bug fixes, and other improvements. For example, the update fixes an issue where civilization icons were off-center in the statistics screen and adds the missing localization for the Romans in the History section.
The balance changes in the update are relatively minor, but they could have a significant impact on the competitive scene. For example, the update reduces the cost of Armored Elephants, which could make them a more viable option for certain civilizations in the late game. The update also increases the base accuracy of Heavy Cavalry Archers, which could make them more effective against light units.
The bug fixes in the update are also welcome. For example, the update fixes an issue where the music volume would stay reduced after the match had ended. This was a minor bug, but it was annoying nonetheless.
The other improvements in the update are mostly quality-of-life changes. For example, the update adds the missing localization for the Romans in the History section. This is a minor change, but it makes the game more polished and accessible to players from all over the world.
The new update and event are just the latest examples of the developers’ commitment to supporting Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. The game has received regular updates since its release in 2019, and the developers have shown a willingness to listen to feedback from the community.