I am highly concerned at this move, surely they are not just going to release AOE2:DE on W10 as it’s own, seperate game far removed from Steams HD game? I mean, no offense but AOE2 does not need it’s own remaster, MS gave up on this series and they did a U-TURN and allowed for Skybox Labs to create a HD remaster, 3 expansions packs on top of this and now they are coming around and going “we are doing our own 1” eh?
Surely, hands down, their is only 1 fair situation in all of this:
- Free for all owners of HD version
- Remaster covers all the expansions too
- It is a update on Steam and can also be played “new” and crossplayed on W10 Store with Steam
They absolutely can not release it as a new game again, they absolutely can not make it a W10 exclusive and they absolutely can NOT make is pay for it AGAIN otherwise if they cared that much about this series why was the HD remake even allowed to go ahead? Well we know the reason don’t we…the $ bills made from it made them change their mind and now they want in on the money.
I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst to be honest.
This ^ … without the SteamWorkshop and modding tools that are currently available and the steam player base (my friends of course) and all the expansions (that i have already payed money for), i do not believe i will get AoE II DE.
And to add to this … I REALLY REALLY like the current hd graphics on AoE 2, i feel like AoE 2 DE is a real many grab and a bit of a d*** move by MS.
The current graphics have stood the test of time , they have an identity, when people think of the game they think of the current graphics. If you need better graphics , get one of the FREE mods of of steam workshop or aoeheaven. I do find that the price for AoE DE of 20$ is a bit high up and if i end up having to pay 30$+ (due to the size of the game compared to AoE 1) i will stay way away from it (30$ for a game i can’t play with my friends doesn’t sound right -payed 30$ for witcher III just as a comparison ).
What would be nice , but i doubt this will happen, is have continued support for AoE 2 HD on steam , if not i do believe that i will see all you guys on Voobly with the user patches :).
Edit: Not to mention Steam Sale , when you can buy the entire AoE 2 HD series/expansions with about 10$