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The port, which is being handled by Skybox Games, will also have some extra features not in the original version. That includes Twitch game broadcast support, Steamworks Workshop for mod creation and management, Steam achievements, virtual trading cars and more. It will also include two new gameplay modes; a treaty mode and an enhanced Observer mode.

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition is now available for pre-order on Steam and will be priced normally at $29.99 but is currently on sale for 20 percent off its normal price. There's also a way to buy four game codes at the same time for the normal price of three.

They're[Microsoft] releasing Halo Spartan Assault tomorrow.... They're following their word of more PC love.
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Yeah,and pre-order already available on Steam.Hope they don't screw this up like AoE2:HD with the bugs and all.
    
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SourceThey're[Microsoft] releasing Halo Spartan Assault tomorrow.... They're following their word of more PC love.

I'm not sure releasing tablet games and rehashes count as pc love.
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You mean Halo,right?
    
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This has my interest, but I going to buy it, in a Steam sale <$10.
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Yeah,and pre-order already available on Steam.Hope they don't screw this up like AoE2:HD with the bugs and all.

I worked on AoK:HD. You'll find me in the credits under campaigns. I did scenario design for about half of the sforza campaign. But let me tell you about what Microsoft did here.

1. Everyone who worked on this was a volunteer.
2. We started as an expansion mod
3. We were expected to keep unreasonable deadlines for our work. I was supposed to finish the entire sforza campaign by December 21st, 2012. I had stated prior to joining the team that it takes me at least 60-80 hours of work per scenario. They ignored this and proceeded to tell me to have it done. I proceeded to work on it when I could, but at the time I was finishing up my last year before uni. I was busy IRL too. I gave them what I had after numerous Skype calls where I told them I couldn't do it by then. The end result was me completing one shoddy scenario (the first sforza) and half of another (what became the third sforza) I can't bring myself to play what became of the third sforza. I have no idea how it turned out. All I know is that I was halfway through bugtesting the first serious stealth system in AoK- developed by me. You can find a walkthrough on it in the age of kings heaven university. I have successful test versions of this map that aren't broken in half developed form (turns out what broke it was telling a unit to have a speed value of over 4.5 is unstable and causes unavoidable random crashes.)
4. The mod is released Holiday 2012. My scenarios aren't included, and the finished sforza campaign wouldn't be included until the release of the steam hd version. I believe the mod launched with no campaigns.
5. Microsoft takes note of our 120,000 downloads.
6. Microsoft releases hd version.
7. Microsoft talks to cysion the mod lead developer about using forgotten empires as a paid expansion.
8. I should mention that Microsoft lost the source code. Every change to the original game in the hd version. Was effectively hacked in. Userpatch had been doing this for a while for the vanilla game.
9. Again, ALL THE FORGOTTEN EMPIRES DEVELOPERS WERE VOLUNTEERS, even after Microsoft asked us to do the mod. Except this time we have deadlines we can't move. With the mod, it was feasible to move deadlines. But not anymore.
10. I quit in January 2013 due to schoolwork. They asked me to finish the sforza campaign later, and to bugtest all of them before the forgotten empires release on steam. I had not looked at the game in close to for months. I ultimately was unable to help them find a broken trigger in what is effectively code that they butchered after I left.

I want to make clear that I believe in the project and I enjoy the game. I love aok. But this was shoddy mismanagement and crappy development practices. Between Microsoft and the mod team, ultimately the result was a train wreck.
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What is your aoczone name man?I too am a supporter of AoFE and AoE2:HD and I already have the free version and I'll get the HD with my new PC.
I know about the stuff,I've been following since before October '12.I always though of the mod team(lead by Cysion) as much more reasonable than MS.Some doubts:
3.Really,before MS took control of it?
4.Launched with one scenario of the Alaric campaign.
6.When that happened,many players couldn't get the game to work and it crashed and it was bugged.I know this is MS's mistake(Hidden Path Entertainment?).
8.THEY LOST THE SOURCE CODE????!!!!???Epically angry right now.
3.(again) stealth?In aoc?WHERE?Oh,Thanks!I'll check out aokh.

I appriciate your work and sincerly thank you for volunteering!I'm an average player(maybe lower) but I appriciate your efforts as a player of aoc and a lover of stealth!
    
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IF they mess this up like AOE2 HD and dont include a LAN option I am seriously going to be upset.

To me that is the point of the Age of Empires franchise.. Amazing LAN games with your roommates or family.

When I have 0 internet access, the game I turn to is AOE2.. the HD was such a disappointment in this aspect.
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LAN is still absent in the HD but haven't you tried the UP for the normal version?And most if not all of the bugs are fixed now.Good thing that died down but I think its HPE's fault for it being so buggy.
    
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I worked on AoK:HD. You'll find me in the credits under campaigns. I did scenario design for about half of the sforza campaign. But let me tell you about what Microsoft did here. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1. Everyone who worked on this was a volunteer.
2. We started as an expansion mod
3. We were expected to keep unreasonable deadlines for our work. I was supposed to finish the entire sforza campaign by December 21st, 2012. I had stated prior to joining the team that it takes me at least 60-80 hours of work per scenario. They ignored this and proceeded to tell me to have it done. I proceeded to work on it when I could, but at the time I was finishing up my last year before uni. I was busy IRL too. I gave them what I had after numerous Skype calls where I told them I couldn't do it by then. The end result was me completing one shoddy scenario (the first sforza) and half of another (what became the third sforza) I can't bring myself to play what became of the third sforza. I have no idea how it turned out. All I know is that I was halfway through bugtesting the first serious stealth system in AoK- developed by me. You can find a walkthrough on it in the age of kings heaven university. I have successful test versions of this map that aren't broken in half developed form (turns out what broke it was telling a unit to have a speed value of over 4.5 is unstable and causes unavoidable random crashes.)
4. The mod is released Holiday 2012. My scenarios aren't included, and the finished sforza campaign wouldn't be included until the release of the steam hd version. I believe the mod launched with no campaigns.
5. Microsoft takes note of our 120,000 downloads.
6. Microsoft releases hd version.
7. Microsoft talks to cysion the mod lead developer about using forgotten empires as a paid expansion.
8. I should mention that Microsoft lost the source code. Every change to the original game in the hd version. Was effectively hacked in. Userpatch had been doing this for a while for the vanilla game.
9. Again, ALL THE FORGOTTEN EMPIRES DEVELOPERS WERE VOLUNTEERS, even after Microsoft asked us to do the mod. Except this time we have deadlines we can't move. With the mod, it was feasible to move deadlines. But not anymore.
10. I quit in January 2013 due to schoolwork. They asked me to finish the sforza campaign later, and to bugtest all of them before the forgotten empires release on steam. I had not looked at the game in close to for months. I ultimately was unable to help them find a broken trigger in what is effectively code that they butchered after I left.

I want to make clear that I believe in the project and I enjoy the game. I love aok. But this was shoddy mismanagement and ****ty development practices. Between Microsoft and the mod team, ultimately the result was a train wreck.

If it's any consolation, I recently finished the Sforza campaign and thought it was incredibly detailed in each campaign. You and whoever else did the scenario designs deserve all the compliments I have seen elsewhere too.
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