Age Of Empires II HD Gets Yet Another Expansion

The fight of the Ages

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Despite the fact that the game is nearly two decades old, Age of Empires II still has a passionate fan base and is arguably the best entry in the series. With the release of the HD edition a few years back, its popularity was renewed, so much so that two official expansions were released for the first time in over a decade. And now fans can rejoice at the fact that we’re getting yet another official expansion in the form of Rise of the Rajas.

As you can probably tell by the title, the game will shift the focus from the largely European base of the original game to a Southeast Asian setting in roughly the same time period. Four new civilizations will be added: the Vietnamese, the Khmer, the Burmese, and the Malay.

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Each new civilization will have its own campaign, based on assorted real-world historical scenarios. Players can also expect 13 new terrains, 5 new random map types, 5 new real-world map types, and 5 new special map types. Under the hood, there’s a multitude of tweaks than range from bug fixes to balancing adjustments. The AI too has received a considerable upgrade and promises to be as lethal as ever.

One of Age of Empires II HD‘s few criticisms is the lack of LAN multiplayer as was featured in the original game. There’s no word yet if the expansion will re-instate this much-loved mode, but if they’re listening to fans, they should make it a priority.

You may want to charge your way over to the official Steam page if you have any intention of keeping up with its release on the 19th of December. If, for some reason, you’ve yet to play Age of Empires II HD proper, then you’re seriously missing out. Have a gander at it here.

Delano Cuzzucoli
Delano is a lifelong gamer who resides in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. He's also a political student, artist, geek, writer, historian, skeptic, linguaphile, IT nerd and electronic music fan. An eccentric lover of the strange and beautiful who is equal parts harmony and discord.

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