Return to Your Favorite Age

In Age of Empires II: HD Edition, fans of the original game and new players alike will fall in love with the classic Age of Empires II experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both Age of Kings and The Conquerors expansion, choose from 18 civilizations spanning over a thousand years of history, and head online to challenge other Steam players in your quest for world domination throughout the ages. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios and re imagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!

About Age of Empires II HD Edition Features

High resolution

High resolution

Re-mastered for high resolution displays 1080p+
Enhanced Visuals

Enhanced Visuals

Enhanced visual engine with improved terrain textures, water, fire and ambient lighting effects.
Steam Online Integration

Steam Online Integration

New Steamworks features: Achievements, Leaderboards, Matchmaking and Cloud support.
Steam Workshop

Steam Workshop

Share user created content with Steam Workshop support

System Requirements


Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 Pro
900x600 minimum display resolution
Direct X 9.0c+ GPU
1.2GHz CPU

Game Info

Platform: PC/Windows on Steam
Genre: Real-Time Strategy


  • Where can I get other questions answered?

    Microsoft manages the official Age of Empires II HD forum at The latest and most up to date information on the game will be found there.

  • When I try to launch the game, all I see is a white screen. What can I do?

    Age of Empires II: HD requires a DirectX 9.0c compatible video card and typically a white screen is a symptom of not having the minimum system requirement video card. Verify that your video card supports DirectX 9.0c, and if not, consider upgrading your hardware. High quality video cards can be purchased for a wide range of prices at many retail and online locations.

  • The Age of Empires II: HD launcher looks incorrect and scaled incorrectly. What can I do?

    Windows has a dots per inch (DPI) scaling factor in its screen settings that lets you zoom the screen to make some portions easier to read. Some software such as the software used to build the launcher, don’t behave properly when Windows DPI scaling is set away from normal.