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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Trailer
Age Of Empires IV Gameplay Trailer
Age of Empires IV Announced!
Age of Empires Definitive Edition Announced
New Cheat Codes
Napoleonic Era: Mod Of The Year Award
Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Trailer
Posted by Maffia on August 28th, 2020 @ 11:55 a.m.
Coming October 15th 2020 and featuring 2 new civilzations and 2 new game modes!

Thank you to forummer Out Reach for finding.

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Age Of Empires IV Gameplay Trailer
Posted by Maffia on November 15th, 2019 @ 4:37 p.m.
Age of Empires IV Announced!
Posted by JimXIX on August 28th, 2017 @ 5:03 p.m.
Microsoft have announced Age of Empires 4. The below trailer was released at Gamescom 2017.

Link for those using Firefox:

The game is being developed by Relic Entertainment, an experienced RTS games developer that developed Dawn of War & Company of Heroes.

Also announced were Definitive Editions of AoK and AoE3.
Age of Empires Definitive Edition Announced
Posted by Maffia on June 12th, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m.
Microsoft have announced a remastered version of the original Age of Empires. The Definitive Edition will include the content from the base game and the Rise of Rome expansion.

Link to video for those using FireFox

Beta sign-ups for Age of Empires Definite Edition are available at the game's official site.

Please head over to Age of Empires Heaven for the latest news, information, and rampant speculation.
New Cheat Codes
Posted by Maffia on March 02nd, 2015 @ 1:51 p.m.
Even after all this time, new cheat codes in AoE3 are still being discovered (I certainly can't find any trace of the following on Google).

Forumer Roman2211 has found the following cheats: (Original post)
o canada 2005 - Lazerbear
don't kick the pitbull - Learicorn
we <3 fluffy!1! - Fluffy
wuv woo vol.2 - Flying Tapir
wee ooh wee ooh - Andytruck
ding ding ding - Ice Cream
mustard relish and burning oil - HotDog Cart
trade plz - 10k export

All are confirmed working (tested in AoE3+TWC+TAD)

While it has long been possible to summon these in the editor, this is the first time I have seen codes to summon them in game.
Napoleonic Era: Mod Of The Year Award
Posted by Alexastor on December 19th, 2014 @ 3:08 p.m.

The Napoleonic Era mod has already been voted to the top 100 mods of 2014 and now got the rare chance to be the first Age of Empires mod winning the prestigious Mod Of The Year Award on ModDB. It would then take a seat next to mod evergreens such as Counter-Strike, DayZ, Team-Fortress or CoH: Eastern Front in the Mod Hall of Fame. If you want them to win, you can vote for them here.

If you don't know Napoleonic Era yet, there's a new version for Windows & Mac in our download section.
Age Community 8 Years Award
Posted by Maffia on November 28th, 2013 @ 07:32 a.m.
As many of you may be aware, MicroSoft is closing down the AgeCommunity forums next month.

To give AgeCommunity the send-off it deserves, Dean Parker from is hosting some awards with prizes donated by Robot Entertainment (the home of many former Ensemble Studios staff):


We have autographed copies of the Age 3 and AOM, autographed art books, making of DVDs and even an original 43" x 27" Age of Empires poster by Craig Mullins.


Here are the categories for which you can nominate people for a prize. What better Christmas present than some autographed Age of Empires goodies?
  • Grand Prize - Best Overall Member
  • Most Helpful Member
  • Funniest Member
  • Member with the best strategies
  • Best Age 3 video / recorded game
  • Best Age of Empires image. This can be a funny image, screenshot, photoshop or maybe a meme. Anything funny as long as its to do with Age. Just upload your image via the nomination link. Aloysius will be on hand to pick the winner!
There are lots of ways to win with each category above having a first and second prize tier. Find out more about the tiers and all the prizes. The Grand Prize goes to the person who wins "Best overall member". You can't nominate yourself, but you can nominate someone for more than one category.

PLUS! Those who take the time just to nominate someone are also in for a chance to win some exclusive autographed copies of Age of Empires 3 by the developers! We have 10 autographed Age 3 copies to give away to 10 lucky people who just take the time to nominate using the link below!

Please take the time to follow the link above and nominate members or upload links to your meme / Videos. Lets celebrate the great 8 years of Age Community. Lots of chances to win prizes in this great competition with prizes provided by Robot Entertainment. A huge thank-you to Robot!
Dave Pottinger In Reddit 'Ask Me Anything'
Posted by Maffia on September 16th, 2013 @ 07:44 a.m.
Dave Pottinger, the co-founder of Ensemble Studios will be hosting an 'Ask Me Anything' session on Reddit Thursday September 19, starting at 2pm EST (for your local time click here), a thread will be has been created at

Dave was a Lead Programmer and Director of Technology at Ensemble Studios, and was responsible for working on the AI and game engines for the Age of Empires series as well as Halo Wars and is now Co-Founder and CEO of BonusXP.

For those not familiar with Reddit and 'Ask Me Anything' it's pretty much what it says on the tin, you can take part and ask Dave Pottinger anything you want.
Test New Age of Empires III Servers
Posted by Maffia on September 11th, 2013 @ 07:29 a.m.
The Age of Empires 3 multi-player servers are being upgraded and moved to a more sustainable long term environment.

To help test the new server on Wednesday 11th September you can download a server redirection patch from between 10am and noon PDT (Local times) and 6pm-8pm PDT (Local times).

Feedback and bug reports can be submitted through the AoE3 ticketing system at, be sure to select 'Connectivity' from the Issue Type dropdown for proper ticket handling.
Cavmania Announced by BonusXP
Posted by Maffia on September 10th, 2013 @ 1:43 p.m.
Ex-Ensemble Studios developers over at BonusXP have recently announced their new game, an Age Of Empires inspired twist on the match-3 genre mobile game for Android and iOS.

At the heart of the game is the traditional match-3 gameplay seen in games like Candy Crush Saga where matching-3 gives you points and matching->3 grants added bonus, however on top of the basic gameplay a strategic resources management/base building element is added.

The central part of the strategic element is you Chieftain, he is an all-round general badass that must defeat the dinosaurs brought back to life by a mysterious meteorite and re-establish his tribes position at the top of the food chain.

The game play initially follows traditional match-3 game play, however matching-3 or more grants you resources of the type matched which can then be used to train a number of different tribe members from the fearsome Warrior to the wise Healer or build resource producing buildings to try and meet the levels objectives and defeat the enemies on the level.

  • Enjoy truly old-school Strategy. Inspired by Age of Empires, you will lead your tribe on a journey through prehistoric perils. Plan your strategy as you gather resources using familiar match-3 gameplay. Place units and buildings on the game board and use them to achieve victory! But choose wisely, because you'll be fighting to survive against the elements and prehistoric foes.
  • BONK AND SMASH! Unleash powerful special abilities. Send a Sabertooth flying with the Warrior Bonk. Stun a snarling T-Rex with your Slinger. Use your Hunter to lure a hungry dinosaur into an ambush.
  • Evolve your tribe. Advance through the campaign to unlock a bevy of new units and buildings, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Increase your power with persistent upgrades to your favorite units. Explore multiple paths to victory depending on the units and buildings that you choose to use.
  • Every Chieftain enjoys a friendly rivalry. See your friends' progress. Beat their scores. Challenge them to beat you!
  • More details can be found over at:

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