"Go back to work" command - Bug

:arrow_forward: GAME INFORMATION

  • GAME BUILD #: 82587 (first appearance in the first April PUP, “biggest update”)
  • GAME PLATFORM: Microsoft Store and Steam
  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10

:arrow_forward: ISSUE EXPERIENCED

The “Go back to work” command (click or hotkey) at the Town Center doesn’t always work as it should. If the villagers are tasked to drop the resources they are carrying at a TC, retasked to a different resource, then garrisoned at the TC, the “Go back to work” command will send them to the second to last task instead of the last.
This bug was introduced in the first April PUP. This is a different bug than the “Town Bell” bug with which it has sometime been confused in previous reports/discussions.
This bug is very annoying, especially in the first stage of the game, when it is verry common to force the villages to drop resources to the TC.

:arrow_forward: FREQUENCY OF ISSUE

  • 100% of the time / matches I play (ALWAYS)

:arrow_forward: REPRODUCTION STEPS

Here’s the steps to reproduce the issue:

  1. Task a villager to collect a resource.
  2. Send the villager to a TC to drop what has been gathered (it’s not necessary that the drop happens).
  3. Task the same villager to a different resource (it’s not necessary that the new gathering starts).
  4. Garrison the villager to the TC.
  5. Send the villager back to work.

The villager will go to the second to last given task (1.) instead of the correct last one (3.).

:arrow_forward: EXPECTED RESULT

The “Go back to work” command should always send villagers to the last task assigned.

:arrow_forward: VIDEO

Bug - Go Back to Work.mp4

:arrow_forward: GAME FILES (SAVE / RECORDING)

Go Back to Work - Test.aoe2scenario (2.5 KB)
GO_BACK_TO_WORK_-_TEST.aoe2spgame (418.6 KB)
SP Replay v101.102.17051.0 #(82587) @2023.04.28 015551.aoe2record (492.1 KB)


Thank you for this detailed support! We’re now tracking this issue :slight_smile:

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Glad to help! Sorry if I didn’t report it sooner, I thought you already knew about this.

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The bug persists on Hotfix 82587.

According to the release notes the following was adressed, but i think they are fixing collateral issues and not the proper bugs:

"* Villagers no longer continue walking to Town Centers and garrison when the town bell has been activated again.

  • New sheep no longer get unintentionally killed by Villagers when ungarrisoning from the Town Center."

Hi, i also do have an issue with the “Go back to work” command after April’s “biggest update”.

Its an absolute pain. Indeed, villagers simply don’t go back to work (they remain idle) or do to the wrong task.

The bug only appears when I play online games, not skirmish…


The team is aware of the issue :slight_smile:

This bug is present in single player as well, against AI, and I don’t mean occasionally present, it completely ruins almost every game. Villagers that worked on farms, half of them go to cutting trees after clicking “send villagers back to work”. Even worse, when you pull a boar and try to last hit it by hitting the same command, villagers just ignore it and go after sheep…

Have the same problem in AOE 2 DE. Vills do not return to work after garrison. :confused: is a big pain.!