Wondering where to find age of empires 2 definitive sounds and extract them? You came to the right place. I will teach you step by step where to find the sound pack and extract its .wem files then convert those .wem to .ogg a playable sound version.
Step 1: Locating Sounds Pack SFX.bnk
Run Steam and go to your game library > Select Age of empires 2 Definitive Edition in the left hand side menu
Go to Local Files Tab > Click Browse Local Files
An explorer window will pop displaying the installation path of Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition. Now Enter \wwise\ directory
Inside \wwise\ you will find a file named “SFX.bnk” this file contains all game sounds
Keep that window open and move on to Step 2
Step 2: Download BNK Tools
Before we get started please create a folder in your desktop and name it “SFX Sounds”
I compiled all the small tools and 2 batch scripts into a zip file. You can download it from here: BNK Tools.zip
Once downloaded, extract the contents of the BNK Tools.zip into the new folder you created earlier in your desktop.
Step 3: Extracting .wem files and converting them
Bring up that window I asked you to keep open in step 1 then copy “SFX.bnk” into \SFX Sounds\ directory. it should look like
As you can see, there are 2 .bat files:
Obviously we need to click “1- Extract SFX.bat” so it extracts all *.wem sound files (total of 4145) from SFX.bnk and here you go
Of course *.wem files are not a playable format which is why we should convert them to a playable format such as *.ogg. To achieve that just click the other bat file “2- Convert Wem To ogg.bat” and all *.wem files will be converted
If you would like to move all ogg and wem files into a seperate folders. I created additional bat script files that could do that for you: Extra-Scripts.zip
Just extract them in the same folder we are working on and click both “3- Classify ogg.bat” & “4- Classify wem.bat“.
Final results (All ogg and wem files moved to separate folder)
How To Play *.ogg sounds?
Download & install a free software Audacity and drag&drop your *.ogg inside Audacity UI then hit the play button.
How to convert *.wav or *.ogg or *.mp3 To *.wem?
You will need a software Audiokinetic Wwise Just import any audio file into your project then export them from the top menu.
Are you creating a mod to customize the sounds? You must place your *.wem files into “\resources\_common\sounds” which is basically the same structure as Age of Empires 2 HD.
And that wraps up this tutorial. I hope you guys enjoyed this guide and let me know if you have any questions.