Age Of Empires II HD Expands In The African Kingdoms

Many ‘HD’ re-releases of older games fix them to run easily on modern systems, tart them up a touch, then pop them onto (virtual) shop shelves, but Age of Empires II HD has actually brought the game back into active development. Sixteen years after AoE 2’s initial release, AoE 2 HD has received its second new expansion. Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms [official site] just came out, adding four new civilizations with four new campaigns, along with new maps, units, and, y’know, expansion stuff.

The African Kingdoms introduces the North African Berbers, the Malians from West Africa, Ethiopia’s old Aksumite Empire, and those dastardly invading Portuguese. Each have their own unique bonuses and units and all that, plus their own campaigns. You’ll also find improved AI, new terrains, a rebalancing, new objects to plop down in the scenario editor, and… it’s an expansion, you get the drill.

If you have got the drill and wish to make holes with it (play the video game), you’ll find AoE 2 HD: TAK on Steam for £5.59, thanks to a 20% launch discount.

Developers Forgotten Empires are also working on a new expansion for the revived Age of Mythology HD, exploring Chinese stories with ‘Tale of the Dragon’.


  1. SuicideKing says:

    Wait, AoE II already had a demo ship and fire ship…now there’s a fire “galley” and demolition “raft”?

  2. Dev says:

    My God. It’s full of sprites.

  3. kud13 says:

    Wishlisted for a Steam sale.

  4. Suits says:

    Waiting for the Mythology one instead

  5. foszae says:

    Maybe once they get around to HD’ing Age of Empires III i’ll consider it

  6. socrate says:

    id rather see a new AoE quite frankly,but then whe are talking about microsoft.

    • SomeDuder says:

      you sure you didnt miss out on putting a $ sign in that microsoft there, son? seemed like a mighty fine chance to show your wit!

  7. Frank says:

    Ah, glad you pointed that out. Saved me from buying the base game (currently on steep discount). Now I can wait for the whole bundle of ’em to go on sale.

  8. BathroomCitizen says:

    I don’t really know why, but I’m happy that they’re releasing expansions for games which are 10+ years old. It makes me feel cosy and fuzzy inside.

  9. LuNatic says:

    Rise of Legends HD, please please?