Lost CD Key to base game, still have the one for the expansion


Hello community! :slight_smile:

This evening, the urge to revisit the glory days of some AoE 3 action overcame me. It has been several years, but after some searching I found the Box where I have all the install CD’s for the base game as well as the Asian Dynasties extension.

However, when I tried to install it, it wouldn’t take the license key printed inside the CD box. So here I am now, realizing that I probably tossed the original key when I put all the CD’s to the base game in said extension cd-box.

Is there any way to retrieve the Key form my CD’s? Or do I really have to invest again and get a new copy of the base game? do they even sell those anymore?

Thanks a ton for your help!



No, i don’t think there is any way to retrieve your cd key without finding your box/manual with the code on it. The official support has shut down. You can get the game on Steam, they usually have a sale https://www.whenisthenextsteamsale.com/ where you can get the game cheaper (~5 US Dollar).

Edit: They sell the game bundled with the expansions on steam


Thanks for your quick reply!

So if I switch over to steam I’ll also have to purchase the expansions again?

Thanks for your help!


the expansions are included


Yeah, the game is sold as one bundle nowadays. Definitely don’t go out looking for the old CD version to buy the base game separately; you’ll almost surely just get a worthless used key, and it will probably cost more money than the whole bundle on sale.


https://www.humblebundle.com/store/search?sort=discount&filter=onsale&search=age%20of%20empires has sales for Age 2 & 3


Ok, thanks a ton! :slight_smile: