Note: The Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings AI patch is also included in update 2.0a.
Version Compatibility (PC - English Only).
If you are playing a multiplayer game, all players must be using the same version of Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. For example, you cannot play a multiplayer game between Age of Kings 2.0 and Age of Kings 2.0a.
Recorded games can only be played using the same version of Age of Kings that was used to record the game. For example, you cannot play an Age of Kings 2.0 recorded game using Age of Kings 2.0a.
To play an Age of Kings 2.0 recorded game after installing the Age of Kings 2.0a update, you must temporarily revert to Age of Kings 2.0.
To play an Age of Kings 2.0 recorded game:
1. In the Program FilesMicrosoft GamesAge of Empires II folder (or wherever you installed the game), create an Age2 folder.
2. Copy the following files from your Age of Kings 2.0 disc to the new Age2 folder:
EMPIRES2.EXE (from the Game folder on the disc)
EMPIRES2.ICD (from the Game folder on the disc)
3. Create a shortcut to Program FilesMicrosoft GamesAge of Empires IIAge2Empires2.EXE, with the Start In folder set to Program FilesMicrosoft GamesAge of Empires II.
4. Start Age of Kings 2.0 using the new shortcut, then play the Age of Kings 2.0 recorded game.
Single-Player Performance Improvements - The performance of single-player campaign games has been improved, especially on lower-end computers.
Limited Pauses - The total number of pauses available to each player in a multiplayer game is now limited. The total number of pauses remaining is displayed each time the game is paused.
Display Name of Out of Sync Player - In a multiplayer game with three or more players, if a player goes out of sync, that player's name is displayed in the out of sync message on all computers.