Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition Expansion Arrives Early 2021

Published: December 15, 2020 2:39 PM /


Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition Expansion Arrives Early 2021

A new Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition expansion has been announced for early 2021. Lords of the West will deliver 2 new civilizations, 3 new campaigns, and more for players to enjoy — and you won't have to wait too long to play it, either.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is, as the name suggests, the Definitive Edition of the real-time strategy game Age of Empires 2. This shiny new version of the classic RTS upgrades the game to 4K graphics, includes brand-new content right out of the proverbial box, and features the same great campaign and multiplayer gameplay of the original. Now, things are about to get better with a brand-new expansion arriving late next month.

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What's Coming in the New Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition Expansion?

The new Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition expansion (highlighted on ResetEra) is adding a boatload of new content to the game, the biggest of which is three all-new, fully-voiced campaigns for players to enjoy.

The first campaign being added to the game features Edward Longshanks and will have players taking on the role of the Britons. You'll travel throughout England, Wales, and Scotland in your efforts to build an empire that will eventually dominate the world for quite some time and leave a long-lasting impact on history. The other two campaigns, however, are tied to the two new civilizations coming to the game.

New Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition Civilization – Burgundians

The first new Age of Empires 2 DE Civilization is the Burgundians, based on the Burgundy region in France. This civilization's campaign is "The Grand Dukes of the West" and will have you attempt to claim a kingdom of your own.

  • Civilization Bonuses
    • Cavalry Civilization
    • Economic upgrades are available one Age earlier than other civilizations
    • Fallen Knights return 50% of their gold cost
  • Unique Units
    • Coustillier – Cavalry unit that can charge their attack stat
    • Flemish Militia – Heavy infantry unit with a bonus vs cavalry; can only be obtained via the Flemish Revolution technology (see below)
  • Unique Technologies
    • Burgundian Vineyards – Convert all food into gold at a 2:1 ratio
    • Flemish Revolution – Upgrades all existing Villagers to Flemish Militia

New Age of Empires 2 DE Civilization – Sicilians

The other new civilization arriving in the new Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition Expansion is the Sicilians, hailing from the region around Italy. "The Hautevilles" campaign will have you working your butt off to ultimately create one of the most sophisticated kingdoms in Europe.

  • Civilization Bonuses
    • Infantry Civilization
    • Castles and Town Centers are constructed 100% faster
    • Land military units absorb 33% of all incoming bonus damage (e.g. hill bonus)
    • Each Farm upgrade grants Farmers +1 carry capacity
  • Unique Building: Donjon – Unique fortification used to train Serjeants. Units can garrison in the building for protection; Archers and Villagers shoot additional projectiles when garrisoned
  • Unique Unit: Serjeant –  Infantry unit which can also construct Donjons
  • Unique Technologies
    • First Crusade – Upon researching, each Town Center spawns a one-time group of 7 Serjeants
    • Scutage – Upon researching, each team member receives a one-time payment of 15 gold for each military unit that they own

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When is the Age of Empires 2: DE Lords of the West Release Date?

The Age of Empires 2: DE Lords of the West release date will be January 26, 2021. In addition to the above content, this new Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition expansion will include 16 new achievements for players to unlock.

If you're keen on enjoying even more classic RTS action with a modern touch, you can pre-purchase the Lords of the West expansion on Steam and on the Microsoft Store for $9.99 or your regional equivalent.

What do you think of the new civilizations introduced in Lords of the West? Which of the three new campaigns appeals to you the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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