AoE II HD Compatibility Patch
This is a community created compatibility patch for those that have purchased Age2HD from Steam to support the running the game in a mode supporting the original The Conquerors release.
The purpose of the patch is to provide a quick and legal way to purchase the HD version of the game through Steam, and add compatibility with the regular Age of Empires II. This patch does not violate copyright, no files from the original CD are used -- more on this below.
Reasons for using this patch include:
- The original AoC still has a large and active community, especially for the Multiplayer version. On Steam for e.g There is virtually no Custom Scenario community, yet other fan sites have larger and more active player bases.
- When Age2HD on Steam was announced many of us / the community were excited to finally have a quick and easy way to buy the game again and still be able to play with existing communities and friends. This turned out to not be the case. This patch fixes the drawbacks of isolating communities, and allows us all to now play together as we had originally hoped for.
- These fan sites for the original AoC and it's communities sponsor some large events, such as $20,000 Nations Cup or the $50,000 War is Coming.
- It is fair to say that while Age2HD has implemented some interesting stuff, it most certainly has quality and stability issues for a number of players. This patch provides a solution to those issues.
- Take advantage of the fan patches created for the original version.
- Age2HD on steam is a convenient way to purchase the game, while Amazon still sells it not everyone can buy from amazon.
Compatibility Mode Behavior
When playing in compatibility mode, the game will behave exactly as
it did in the original and the enhanced HD version , with community
made patches such as UserPatch.
Some Features will remain the same: HD resolutions will still be available through the community patches -- please compare the screenshots below. Features disabled: the animated water won't be there. Features added: any feature present as part of userpatch or the multiplayer client use.
How this is Possible and Legalities
Compatibility mode is made possibly by combining either FE files (http://www.forgottenempires.net/install)
or the 1.0c patch from Microsoft for the original game, Age2HD data
files and a few small edits to 1.0c exe. There are no files included
from this patch off the original CDs and because of this doesn't violate
OK, if it's not illegal wouldn't Microsoft dislike this? We hope not, as the patch requires a full installation of AoK HD it definitely doesn’t help piracy, anyone pirating the game can already get full installations of the game available. Further, we expect this to only gain more sales for Microsoft as it reduces motivation to pirate the original game if there is a quick and legal way to get it legally.
The diagram below illustrates how compatibility mode is constructed:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does this support UserPatch?
A: Yes, the patch supports 1.0c, UserPatch 1.4 and UserPatch 1.5
Q: Does this break Age2HD?
A: No, you can run both out of the same directory!
Q: Why do I have to reset my hotkeys when in compatibility mode?
A: Compatibility mode runs with a different settings file, so this is expected.
Q: How do I contact you?
A: I set up an email address just for this patch! The address is [email protected]
Q: How do I run the game in compatibility mode once installed?
A: Run C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Age2HD\age2_x1\age2_x1.exe
Q: The game is crashing, what do I do?
A: Try marking the exe as run as administrator and also Windows XP SP3 compatibility.