Game application loads for very long time before intro starts

Game Version:

  • Build (101.101.34055.0 4495784)
  • Platform (Steam)

Issue:

When I click on “Play” button in Steam, then I have to wait for a very long time (1 minutes 20 seconds), before application icon appears on task bar and intro starts. In previous builds launch was almost instantaneous.

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Reinstalling the game, deleting user profile folder and uninstalling mods did not work :slightly_frowning_face:

Tested, 24 secs till the intro (xbox logo) appears, game installed on an old SSD.

For me it’s been like this since release, with no change in the new patch. Also, the intro video does not even play, just the sound. It’s just a minor issue though.

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It was almost instantaneous for me before december patch. 24 seconds seems much longer than I previously had.

Really? It seems, that we have to avoid closing the game in order to avoid long loading time :smiley:
It is very weird. It doesn’t even seem, like the game is loading or doing anything. It just sits for over a minute in task manager as a process taking ca 550 MB of RAM, seemingly idle. Then it suddenly starts to take more RAM and couple seconds later appears on task bar + intro starts playing.

I think, that this over a minute long idle time is certainly unnecessary and a bug.

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Same here. For me it takes approximately 40 seconds. Installed on HDD.

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Issue still exists in build “101.101.34397.0 4546676 Steam”.

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When I launch AoE2 on Steam, it’s taking more than 1 1/2 minutes to get to the menu and the game is installed on an SSD! Compared to the HD edition, which only takes around 5 secs, this is a huge slow down.

In addition, when I quit the game, I am immediately on my desktop but Steam still shows me that the game is running. Only after like 10 secs, Steam finally tells me the game has quit. Other games quit instantaneously.

I tried with and without mods enabled and it makes little to no difference. Also note that I am not using the UHD package (it’s installed but not enabled ingame).

Anyone else experiencing these problems?

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Game Version:

  • Build 101.101.35209.0
  • Platform Steam

Issue:

The game launches normally, however it takes over 2 minutes to get from the launch screen to the main menu, most of which shows the splash screen.
Processor is Ryzen 2600X. Graphics card is Radeon Fury. 16 GB of
The game is installed on a separate SSD from my OS, which is also on an SSD. In performance monitor I’ve noticed that sometimes it reads from the MFT on my OS drive for an extended period of time. SMART data shows no errors, disk checks reveal no errors.

Log file listed below:
Initializing Time System
Initializing Command Line
Constant Logging is OFF
Verbose Logging is OFF
Startup is being logged
Age of Empires II DE start at 2020-02-24T07:19:58.986Z
Build version: 101.101.35209.0
Build config: Final Steam D3D11, built on GPSBUILD014, at 2020-02-11T21:46:14
DirectX Setup is being logged
Initializing Performance Profiler
Gathering System Information
Processor architecture: x64 (AMD or Intel) type 86/x64
Processor level 23, revision 2050
Number of processors = 12
Multi core processor #0, efficiency class 0, 1 groups
Processor group 0, affinity 0x3
L1 data cache: line size=64 bytes, size=32768 bytes, affinity=0x3, group=0
L1 instruction cache: line size=64 bytes, size=65536 bytes, affinity=0x3, group=0
L2 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=524288 bytes, affinity=0x3, group=0
L3 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=8388608 bytes, affinity=0x3f, group=0
Multi core processor #1, efficiency class 0, 1 groups
Processor group 0, affinity 0xc
L1 data cache: line size=64 bytes, size=32768 bytes, affinity=0xc, group=0
L1 instruction cache: line size=64 bytes, size=65536 bytes, affinity=0xc, group=0
L2 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=524288 bytes, affinity=0xc, group=0
Multi core processor #2, efficiency class 0, 1 groups
Processor group 0, affinity 0x30
L1 data cache: line size=64 bytes, size=32768 bytes, affinity=0x30, group=0
L1 instruction cache: line size=64 bytes, size=65536 bytes, affinity=0x30, group=0
L2 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=524288 bytes, affinity=0x30, group=0
Multi core processor #3, efficiency class 0, 1 groups
Processor group 0, affinity 0xc0
L1 data cache: line size=64 bytes, size=32768 bytes, affinity=0xc0, group=0
L1 instruction cache: line size=64 bytes, size=65536 bytes, affinity=0xc0, group=0
L2 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=524288 bytes, affinity=0xc0, group=0
L3 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=8388608 bytes, affinity=0xfc0, group=0
Multi core processor #4, efficiency class 0, 1 groups
Processor group 0, affinity 0x300
L1 data cache: line size=64 bytes, size=32768 bytes, affinity=0x300, group=0
L1 instruction cache: line size=64 bytes, size=65536 bytes, affinity=0x300, group=0
L2 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=524288 bytes, affinity=0x300, group=0
Multi core processor #5, efficiency class 0, 1 groups
Processor group 0, affinity 0xc00
L1 data cache: line size=64 bytes, size=32768 bytes, affinity=0xc00, group=0
L1 instruction cache: line size=64 bytes, size=65536 bytes, affinity=0xc00, group=0
L2 unified cache: line size=64 bytes, size=524288 bytes, affinity=0xc00, group=0
NUMA Node #0
Group max: 1, active groups: 1
Group #0, 12/12 active processors, affinity mask:0xfff
Total physical memory is 16.000 GB
Maximum system memory: 15.934 GB currently available:8.830 GB
Primary display resolution is 1920x1080, desktop size is 3860x1100
Graphics Adapter Name: AMD Radeon ™ R9 Fury Series
Adapter LUID: 00000000:0000f334
Vendor: 4098 device ID:29440 subsys ID:3811645259 rev:203
Dedicated VRAM: 4070.83 MB
Dedicated system RAM: 0.00 MB
Shared RAM: 8158.10 MB
System has no battery
Battery saver is OFF
Benchmark quad write: 5.102650 milliseconds == 4703.44 MB/s
Benchmark fast write: 5.239028 milliseconds == 4581.00 MB/s
Benchmark slow write: 5.052039 milliseconds == 4750.56 MB/s
CPU rating: 10581.0, GPU rating: 4070.8
Initializing Telemetry Manager
Initializing Time System
Setting Up Systems
Initializing Registry Options
Setting Program Defaults
Setting up main window
Initializing Reflect
Register Classes
Initializing Speech Synthesis
Initializing Achievement Manager
Initializing UI Widget Manager
Initializing Campaign File Type
Initializing SP Savegame File Type
Initializing MP Savegame File Type
Initializing Random Map File Type
Initializing Random Map Group Manager
Initializing Scenario File Type
Initializing Wwise Manager
Initializing Civilization
Initializing Error Handler
Initializing File System
Initializing DLC Manager
Initializing Steam System
Initializing Tool Manager
Initializing Mod Manager
Initializing Loggg System
Initializing Time System
Initializing UI System
Initializing Additional Options
Initializing Localization Manager
Initializing Font Manager
Initializing Terrain
Initializing Game Version Manager
Initializing FPS Control
Initializing Difficulty
Initializing Game Mode
Initializing Player Profile Manager
Initializing Update Manager
Initializing Panel System
Initializing Screen Stack
Initializing Sync Logger
Initializing Random Manager
Initializing Network speed Data
This Steam account 76561198024598646 is online
Active Launch Options: none
Initializing Game
Setting up graphics
Setting up mouse
Setting up screen
Setting up chat
Setting up comm handler
Setting version info: app = 35209 data = 0 mod = 0 version = 56950784
Setup mod manager
Setup post mod manager
Installing modded languages
Opening resource packages
Setting up palettes
Setting up shapes
Setting up save map area
Setting up sound system
Setting up screen resolution
Available resolutions:1920x1080, 1680x1050, 1600x900, 1440x900, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1280x800, 1280x720, 1152x864, 1024x768
Recommended settings:
resolution: 1920 x 1080
downscale percentage = 100
high-resolution assets = NO
antialiasing = YES
fog = YES, animatedFogBorder = YES
edge-blur = YES
bloom = YES
vsync = YES
File System Ready
Launching intro video AOEIIDE_TITLEVIDEO
Setting up video system
Opening video
Setting up interface messages
Loading player profile
Setting up hotkeys
Total Initialization Time: 131060 ms
Running Game
Total Texture Load Time: 0 ms
Loading player profile
Setting up hotkeys
Closing video
Flushing pending telemetry events
Terminating Game normally
Terminating UI Widget Manager
Terminating Network speed Data
Terminating Random Manager
Terminating Sync Logger
Terminating Screen Stack
Terminating Panel System
Terminating Update Manager
Terminating Player Profile Manager
Terminating Game Mode
Terminating Difficulty
Terminating FPS Control
Terminating Game Version Manager
Terminating Terrain
Terminating Font Manager
Terminating Localization Manager
Terminating Additional Options
Terminating UI System
Terminating Time System
Terminating Loggg System
Terminating Mod Manager
Terminating Tool Manager
Terminating Steam System
Terminating DLC Manager
Terminating File System
Terminating Error Handler
Terminating Scenario File Type
Terminating Random Map Group Manager
Terminating Random Map File Type
Terminating MP Savegame File Type
Terminating SP Savegame File Type
Terminating Campaign File Type
Terminating Civilization
Terminating Wwise Manager
Terminating Speech Synthesis
Terminating Achievement Manager
Terminating Command Line
Terminating Reflect
Terminating Registry Options
Exiting with code 0

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Issue has become even worse in build “101.101.35584.0 4714640 Steam”. Now it takes 2 minutes before intro starts compared to previous 1 minute 20 seconds :slightly_frowning_face:

All seems fine here, tested again with a kinda humble specs (Celeron g3930, GT 1030, 4gb RAM, SSD). 40 secs for xbox logo show and 10 secs more to create a single player game.

40 seconds is much better than 2 minutes, although still quite long time.
I have i5-8250U, MX150, 16 GB RAM, HDD

Startup with SKIPINTRO takes 2 minutes 10 seconds until main menu loads in build “101.101.36202.0 4819260 Steam”.

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Is this related to certain mods maybe?

I got almost the same result with all mods disabled :slightly_frowning_face:

Game Version: 101.101.37650.0 5061880

  • Build: Current 28/05
  • Platform: Steam
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Gamertag: replaceme

Issue:

When I click on Play-Button in Steam then I have to wait for a long time, about 1,5 - 2 minutes, before the application icon appears on task bar and intro starts.

I have reinstalled the game and all mods disabled. Game is located on SSD. Even the start from the .exe take ages.

Specs:
Ryzen 5 3600
RTX 2080 Super
16 GB RAM 3600 mHz Dual Ch.
Windows 10 1909

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If on steam go to properties of game>set launch option on the general tab>write SKIPINTRO and restart. See if it fixes.

I don’t think it will completely but it might help speed up. I have no clue what the game is loading.

Thanks, but it did not speed up the whole process. :frowning:

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put a space now and write HIGH (leave skipintro) and test

nothing has changed :confused: