Age of Empires 2 HD: Rise of the Rajas expansion today

Here we are, almost in 2017, with official new expansions still coming out for a game from 1999. Age of Empires 2 HD [official site] today launches Rise of the Rajas, the third new expansion since the real-time strategy game was revamped and rereleased in 2013. Rise of the Rajas is off to Southeast Asia for historical warfare with four new civilisations, each with their own campaigns and so very many battle elephants.

Rise of the Rajas introduces four new civilisations, Burmese, Khmer, Malay, and Vietnamese, each with their own units and their own voiced campaigns. Also, it looks pretty pretty.

A big patch for all AoE 2 and its other expansions hit last week with fixes and balance tweaks and things.

If you’re interested in the Age of Empires revival, do check out Richard Moss chatting with modders-turned-developers Forgotten Empires:

“It was a tough transition into professional development for many of the modders, and not just because of Microsoft’s fondness for firm deadlines. ‘When you are modding you can do awesome crazy stuff without caring if they will fit on the original game,’ says lead artist Jorgito Ageitos. ‘You can put dragons in there and people will love it because it is a mod. But when when you are an official dev, a lot of things change. You have a lot of new restrictions that you didn’t face before and everything needs to make sense [and] fit in the game nicely with the rest of the stuff. And achieve that certain level of quality.'”

Apparently loads of battle elephants (in factional variants!) are totally fine. Splendid.

Rise of the Rajas will be £6.99/9,99€/$9.99 on Steam. It’s due out, ooh, an hour and a half ago. It’s also chucked together with the base game and other expansions in a discounted bundle.


  1. Cyrus says:

    Kinda off-topic but it stills annoys me that you can’t change the resolution or scale the UI, despite being in the age (no pun) we are now. I bought this so called “HD” release but it’s shite with its limitations. Because everything damn thing is so small and it’s unplayable.

    I don’t consider adjusting your desktop resolution as a viable solution.
    A bad release for a great game back in the day.

    • RanDomino says:

      I came here to ask if they fixed the resolution disaster and I see the answer is no, so I will continue to not play it.

      • Ericusson says:

        Came here for the same reason, found my answer, thank you.

  2. kud13 says:

    Since I started playing AoK HD (due to nostalgia, mostly), in the late fall of 2015, Steam tells me I have spent over 360 hours on it, never touching multi-player.

    And the devs confirmed that they will now allow .dat modding, meaning people can tweak individual civs, not just whole civ groups, which I’m expecting will cause another boom to the workshop modding.

    I am very excited for this new DLC. I’ll probably grab it tonight after work.

  3. fuggles says:

    I want to buy it just to prove that it’s worth continuing old games. More dlc for age of mythology, more for dawn of war etc.

  4. SuicideKing says:

    I’m confused as why Rise of Rajas has nothing to do with India, unless the word Raja meant “king” in SE Asia as well.

    BTW have they restored 60 fps animations yet?

    • corniel says:

      yes, raja means king in malaysian and indonesian aswell
      both languages are heavily influenced by sanskrit, sorry for bad english

  5. crazydane says:

    I tried to come back to Age of Empires a while ago (and purchased the HD edition mostly for nostalgia I think) but I found the unit control is so clunky compared to any modern RTS, did anyone else find this too?