Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires

Now this is a thing.

Age of Empires was a PC game released in 1999, a game that quickly became a fan favorite among the Real-Time Strategy genre. An expansion, The Conquerors, was released the following year.

Since then, there has been a subsequent game, Age of Empires III (2005), and a number of variations and spin-offs on other platforms (PS2, and DS), that took different approaches to the format. Since then, though, the RTS genre as a whole has largely died off (I’ve written about this in a previous article).

Then late 2012 came along, and there was a rather interesting development, albeit among the fan community rather than an official project. A website opened, promising an upcoming, fan-made, unofficial expansion to Age of Empires II, a game that, by this point, was over a decade old (and not even available on GOG.com).

This expansion adds a number of new features. According to the site, these include five new civilizations (Italians, Indians, Slavs, Magyars, and Incas), 30 new techs, nine new units, 50+ population limit, 11 new maps, and resolution support up to 1920*1440.

I’ve yet to give this a try (though I should, given how much I like AoE II), but I have seen at least one person on Twitch playing the expansion.

Either way, it’s neat to see something like this from the fan community, an expansion to a game that is, by this point, 12 years old and has more of a limited fan base. I will give this expansion a try this weekend.

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