I recently found my good old CD copy of Age of Empires: Gold Edition. So many years have passed since I last played with this CD, and I couldn’t remember that, lost among its files, there was a demonstrative application with screenshots of the early version of Age of Empires II!
I would love to have these unused buildings available in the Age II: DE Scenario Editor, especially the awesome castles in the second and fourth images!
Which of these old models do you like the most? Are you enthusiasts of this type of content like me?
Each original BMP image file is dated August 10th, 1998.
Yes! Did you know that some early versions of the AoK were leaked and are available online? Search for Age of Kings alpha build 00.05.03.0706 and 00.09.07.0222. Here are a few other screenshots I have:
Ships with reflections (these were part of the sprite, so it didn’t work well near shores):
I didn’t, actually! Thanks a lot for this info, I’ll try them as soon as I can!
The reflections must be implemented in the DE as soon as possible! For me it’s the biggest graphical flaw in the game at the moment, I look at it and I always feel like there’s something unnatural about it.
I love how these castles impose themselves as threatening strongholds on any unit around them! In the final game, they look more like keeps than a castle as a whole.
That was a great idea, yet to be implemented!
I thought it was an Inn or a Tavern lol! All those unused building models would be great eye candy to be implemented in the Scenario Editor and used in Campaigns!
It reminds me of the Japanese houses in Age III that attract animals! The final version is much better, but at least the farms fit perfectly around in this one
It’s great how the Granary is bigger than Town Center lol. But there is a place where the water comes from.
Thanks for those screenshots, I never would have guessed there were so many more to be found!
Yes, these are pictures of the AoE 2 alpha in the AoE 1 engine in November 1998 shortly after Rise of Rome came out…in those pictures you can see the evolution that AoE 2 had since its alpha and beta (early from 1999) to the look we all know from Age of Kings…
Yes, it would be nice to have different types of textures for the farms depending on the region the civ belongs to: Europe (lettuce), Africa (wheat), America (potatoes) and Asia (rice)…
It would be a bit difficult for the optimization of the game, but it can be implemented…
Yes, it has a tavern-like feel…in AoE 3 DE the European civs have taverns to recruit mercenaries (in 3 legacy they had the bar/saloon, which is now exclusive to the United States and Mexico)…
Yes, the sanctuaries…since the Japanese do not hunt animals for religious reasons, just as the Indians do not eat cows, also for religious reasons…
Nice video. Kind of funny that the devs originally gave St Vitus’ Cathedral to the Goths on (presumably) the grounds that it has Gothic architecture. Gothic architecture is nothing to do with the Goths!
Here’s a couple of related things the video didn’t mention:
The Age 2 Design Document (a leaked document written by Ensemble Studios in July 1998) lists the Franks’ Wonder as “Charlemagne’s palace chapel at Aachen” (i.e. Aachen Cathedral), and the Britons’ Wonder as Westminster Abbey. I believe the alpha version with the placeholders is from around the same time.
A screenshot from April 1999 (from a press kit, but I think a different one to the one in the video) shows St Vitus’ Cathedral as the Teutons’ Wonder: