New Age of Empires II Expansion Released

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The new year is almost upon us and there's plenty of gaming to be done before 2012 comes to a close. What better way to see in 2013 than by harkening back to the end of the last century. Age of Empires II: Age of Kings has a new unofficial expansion from a team of dedicated modders, called Forgotten Kings, bringing with it a host of new updates.

It's been heavily outlined in its dedicated reddit thread, but here are a few of the big changes and features the expansion brings:

  • Support for extra resolutions added, up-to 1920x1440.
  • Five new Civilizations with their own wonders and unique units. Italians, Incas, Indians, Slavs and Magyars.
  • Italians and Slavs get new graphics for their building sets.
  • A load of balance changes.
  • Two new campaigns, one based on Alaric I and one based on Francesco Sforza.
  • +50 population limit,bringing the count to 250.
  • Loads of bug fixes, including Windows 7 compatibility.
  • Many new units including Siege Towers, Imperial Camels, Slingers, Boyars, Elephant Archers and more.
  • Several new buildings such as Stables (for Americans), Fire Towers, Palisade Gates, Trade Workshops and Quimper Cathedrals.
  • A tonne of new technologies to research.

I think the biggest change there is the resolution support. Compared with the original maximum of 1280x1024, that's a huge jump that will see way more of the battlefield on the map at one time. Combine that with the extra maximum population and this expansion could see some pretty epic conflicts, all on one screen.

Any of you guys still got a copy of this kicking around? If so I might have to see you online.

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