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Battle of Africa 2: The Main Event!

Battle of Africa 2: The Main Event! Following its raging success in 2018, the Battle of Africa tournament—hosted by MembTV—makes its triumphant return to the tournament stage, this time on Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. The Battle of Africa 2 brings team games to the forefront of the Age of Empires scene: pitting the top 16 teams in the world against each other starting later this month through the start of June. Check out the announcement video for the tournament: THE BATTLEFIELDSAs the first 3v3 Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition tournament, the Battle of Africa 2 offers a full handcart of unique strategies, tactics, and options for participating teams to synergize their play styles and civilization choices. A custom map pool has been designed for Battle of Africa 2 with an emphasis on open land maps. These maps are designed to encourage aggressive, fast-paced gameplay throughout the entire tournament—what's certain to result in an out-of-this-world viewing experience. Download the Custom Map PackThe qualification phase started on 1st of May with 16 teams battling it out for a position in the tournament. The top 8 teams will qualify for the main event; the 8 losing teams will move into the Gold League, a separate bracket from the Main Event. THE TEAMSWith teams such as Aftermath, Team Secret, Suomi, Vietnam Legends and YinYang competing, it's going to be a hard-fought battle to the end. Will TheViper, TaToH and DauT of Team Secret hold on to their title as the reigning champions in the Battle of Africa? Tournament Brackets WATCH LIVE!You can catch all of the action with tournament host, MembTV, or can follow along with your regional shoutcasters thanks to the tournament's open streaming policy. Qualification Stage || 16th of May - 17th of May Round 1 & 2 || 22nd of May - 24th of May Round 3 & Quarterfinals || 30th of May - 31st of May Semi-finals || 6th of June Grand Final || 7th of June 2020 has been an outstanding year for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and the Battle of Africa 2 tournament will be no exception! —Contributed by the Forgotten Empires Community Lead, BBQTurkman

Hidden Cup 3: The Road to the Grand Finals!

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35210618/ac1e7ff375bdad71b7237b9e06f5c0299582801c.jpg WHAT: Hidden Cup 3 || Semifinals, Quarterfinals, and Live Grand Finals WHEN: Thursday, March 19 - Sunday, March 22 THE EVENT:It's that time! After the 32 player qualifier, the 16 Main Event participants have been decided. This week they will play with hidden identities to fight for over $50,000 in prizes. The action begins this Thursday as T90Official hosts the Hidden Cup 3 Main Event. The action resumes this Thursday as T90Official hosts the final eight matches on the road to the Quarterfinals! ⚔ Thursday, March 19th Games start at 14:00 GMT (7 AM PT / 10 AM ET) Charlemagne vs King Sancho Joan The Maid vs Bad Neighbor Leif Erikson vs Princess Yodit Kotyan Khan vs Sheriff of Nottingham ⚔ Friday, March 20thGames start at 14:00 GM (7 AM PT / 10 AM ET) Saladin vs Friar Tuck Alaric The Goth vs Vlad Dracula Henry The Lion vs William The Conqueror Charles Martel vs Emperor in a Barrel ⚔ Saturday, March 21stGames start at 14:00 GMT (7 AM PT / 10 AM ET) Quarterfinals (Four Best-of-Five Games) ⚔ Sunday, March 22ndGames start at 14:00 GMT (7 AM PT / 10 AM ET) Semifinals (Two Best-of-Seven Games) Live Grand Final WATCH NOW!Tune in for all the action over on T90official's channel on :arrowsright: For more information about the tournament, visit AoEZone! :arrowsleft::arrowsright: Tune in live at :arrowsleft:

Lunar New Year Sale - Age of Empires Franchise - Up to 75% Off!

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/4457527/62251909b214a8b57d33031f2428eac780324bb2.png Now through January 27, games in the Age of Empires franchise are discounted from 25-75% off during the Steam Lunar New Year Sale! *Offer ends Monday, January 27 at 10AM Pacific time*

How Age of Empires 2 got some Scottish kids into RTS

Here's a question: How do you get a bunch of disillusioned kids in the arse end of Scotland into real time strategy games? I doubt it's a question the creators of Age of Empire 2 ever asked themselves but nonetheless, they provided a definitive answer. Now I can't help but wonder as I play through the recently released Definitive Edition, are there games that could manage similar feats? Better ones? The 90s in Scotland was a bit...rubbish. Especially in its deprived areas (poverty fell in the late 90s but in depressing statistics according to the CPAG, it seems to be once more on the rise once again). It was difficult to be surrounded by the remains of a post-industrial nation and feel any sense of pride or hope about the future or present, never mind the past. Then along came Braveheart. It might sound dumb to credit one film (made by Hollywood with an American fielding a questionable Scottish accent in the lead role) with a surge in national pride but, well, it absolutely did cause one. Scotland's history, of outnumbered rebels fighting against English reign is easy to romanticise but it was also abstract for a load of folk. This over-the-top movie (whose historical inaccuracies are no better summed up than featuring the famed Battle of Stirling Bridge...with no bridge) made Scottish history tangible, emotional and inspiring. The fever that emerged among Scots following the film even had some English critics describing Braveheart as spreading "Anglophobia". Point is, finally there was some easy sense of identity for young folk to latch on to. I cannot overstate how much this film was watched when I was growing up. Then four years later along comes Age of Empires 2 with a campaign about the Scottish Wars of Independence. Another American production (from the now sadly defunct Ensemble Studios), it doesn't take much to imagine that this was likely an inclusion entirely as a result of Braveheart's success (it won five Oscars, including best picture) but the effect was surprising. See, a lot of kids my age didn't have much time for video games beyond FIFA or whatever. Maybe some Tekken. Games were an occasional thing, not a hobby. See Age of Empires 2 though? You could play as the Scots. No video game lets you be Scottish. Even today if you wanna be Scottish in a video game your best hope is as a dwarven warrior in some fantasy RPG. Read more

Wot I Think: Age Of Empires 2 Definitive Edition

"> Developer: Forgotten Empires, Tantalus Media, Wicked Witch Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Release: Out now On: Windows From: Microsoft, Steam Price: 15/$20/ 20 Age Of Empires 2 is, as far as I m concerned, the greatest real-time strategy game of all time. And with the release of Age Of Empires 2 Definitive Edition, it s well, it s still that. But now, there s a lot more of it. It s brilliant. Still, virtually every design decision its quality rests on was made twenty years ago, and what few changes have been to its inner workings are fairly conservative. Make no mistake: this is much more of a compilation job than it is any kind of reimagining. But then, crucially, there s also nothing added that dilutes the success of the original, either. While its early-2000s successors, Age of Mythology and Age Of Empires 3, were both good games, they suffered from their attempts to innovate on a proven formula. Altering the formula of a classic is always a risk – and in Ensemble Studios case, it was one that didn t pay off. Bravo then to former modders Forgotten Empires, who tinkered with the game they loved long enough to inherit it, and yet never went too far. While the king of RTS games still doesn t have a successor, he s looking bloody good in his old age. (more…)

Pre-order Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, available this November 14!

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be coming to the Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) and Ultimate, and Steam on November 14, 2019! For all you Age II players eagerly looking forward to the arrival of the Definitive Edition, you can also pre-order the game starting TODAY! You’ll be able to enjoy all the features—including cross play with your friends, four brand-new civilizations, three new campaigns, and a transport ship full of game improvements—right on day one, so be sure to unlock your copy today: Pre-order Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on Steam Our goal is to make the best possible version of Age II that we can, working right alongside our community. So while Age II DE’s release is only a few months away, you can sign up to participate in the Age II DE beta right now—visit to join the Age Insider program – and help us tune and refine Age II even further. You’ll also have a chance to participate in future beta opportunities, so sign up! For more information, visit the official announcement over on Xbox Wire. We’ll see you on the battlefield!

E3 2019 Recap: A New Age for Empires!

What a week it has been! As always, E3 brings out the passion and excitement of the community, and this year was no exception! This year, the folks from the newly-created Age of Empires studio at Microsoft Games teamed up with our friends from Forgotten Empires to show off our work over the past year: bringing you a first look, a hands-on demo, and the chance to sign up for the first beta playtest of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! The announcement during Microsoft’s Keynote presentation kicked off a flood of news, discussion, and announcements from the event. On the heels of the official gameplay trailer, press and players began discussing and sharing news about all of the new features coming with the game. Here are just a few of the articles you can read to catch up with the conversation: E3 2019: Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Launching Fall 2019, Beta Coming Soon via Xbox Wire Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and new campaign coming to Xbox Game Pass via Polygon Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition lives up to its title via Destructoid E3 2019: Hands-on with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Coming This Fall with Xbox Game Pass on PC via The Video Games Age of Empires II is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta)! via Xbox Game Pass Age of Empires II: HD Edition Won’t Be Taken Off Steam When Definitive Edition Launches via DualShockers Throughout the week—with the help of the new and official Age of Empires Discord server—players have been doing some speculation of their own. The conversation has been amazing…the hype has been real…and we’ve even managed to answer several questions that caused some concern following the announcement. Here are some of the hottest discussion topics to emerge from E3 this week: Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition at E3 via the Official Forum AoE2 Definitive Edition Trailer Breakdown and Screenshots via YouTube AOE 2 DE new civilizations revealed! via Reddit Age of Empires II DE – E3 2019 – Gameplay Trailer via Reddit As a final treat, Mixer set aside some time to chat with Microsoft’s Adam Isgreen and Forgotten Empires’ Bert Beeckman about the game. While short, it provided a glimpse at a different experience than the E3 demo: The week was HUGE for Age of Empires, the development team, and has been the PERFECT way to kick off the transition into the first beta of the Definitive Edition. If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up as an Age Insider for a chance to participate in the first playtest on June 18: Sign up to be an Age Insider! We also know there are still questions that remain after E3: about the Definitive Edition and some of the other projects we have in the works. We hear you, and we’re excited to share more information, teasers, and details as they get further along in development. Age of Empires 4 is ‘making good progress’, and Microsoft will talk about it later this year via PCGamer A huge thanks to everyone who dropped by the booth during E3, who shared their excitement with us on Discord, who helped share the news, and who have been a part of this wonderful community over the past two decades! We can’t wait to see what the journey holds in store for the next two decades! See you on the battlefield! — The Age of Empires Community Team

Age of Empires 2's Definitive Edition shows that resurrection is more fun than remastery

"> Ave, citizens! It is I – Ghoastus, the famous Roman Ghost. This week, I have been haunting the streets of Los Angeles, in eager anticipation of all the thrilling Roman content soon to spill from the mouth of the games industry, like half-digested dormice from the maw of an overfed senator. And yet, alas: I have found little to stir the patriotic embers that smoulder in my Roman soul at EIII. Those naughty Greeks have had a little time in the American sun, but it seems nobody cares much for us Romans this year. Nobody that is, except for Microsoft, who announced a thrilling new Definitive Edition for Age of Empires II, coming out this Autumn. (more…)

E3 Mixer Stream - Watch AoEII: DE LIVE!

Looking for more #E32019 insight into Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition? Microsoft Creative Director, Adam Isgreen, will join Bert Beeckman (aka Cysion) from Forgotten Empires to play and discuss the game this coming Wednesday on Mixer! When: Wednesday, June 12 @ 10:45a PDT / 1:45a EDT / 5:45p GMT Where: Latest Info: See you soon!

Age of Empires @ E3 2019: Sign up for the beta of AoEII: Definitive Edition!

Its official—E3 2019 has begun! Our villagers are working diligently to complete the final touches of our booth and are eager to share with you Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. In addition to stopping by and trying out the demo on the floor, we have a special treat for all our fans, both here in attendance and around the world. As you may have heard, we will be launching a closed beta test of Age II: DE on Steam very soon! Invites will be sent out to our esteemed Age of Empires Insiders in multiple waves over the coming weeks. Our goal is to get as many of our fans’ hands on the game as early as possible, listening to your valuable feedback and ultimately building a great game – together. Not an Age Insider yet? Join the program by clicking here and have a chance at participating in the beta! For our existing Age of Empires Insiders, we’ll need you to connect your Steam account with your Age of Empires Insider profile. This will enable you to be eligible for participation in the beta and share your feedback about the game with us! If you have any questions on the Age Insider program, including how to connect your existing account to Steam, check out our handy FAQ here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well as check out our brand-new Official Age of Empires Discord channel here. #E3Empires

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