Request: Possibility to set default zoom levels

Can we please have a way to set our preferred zoom level, similar to what we have in Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition?

AOE2DE_ZOOM_SETTING

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this would be a nice addition. I have to change it everytime the game starts but i also see an issue of the quality getting bad if you zoom in and zoom out. At the default level, the game seems to have higher pixel quality. :frowning:

You are correct. The game’s graphics are pixel graphics. Zooming in and out means they have to be scaled. Scaling to non integer results in approximations. No matter which algorithm is used it won’t be as precise and the quality will suffer. This is also why the viewable area changes as you change resolution. 4K has a lot more map on screen than FullHD.

Yes, best graphical quality is achieved at 50% zoom level (summoned with Ctrl+Alt+0).
If zoom level is lower or higher than 50%, quality will be lost.

In my case, since I have a low-end PC, I’d like to use the 1x zoom scale, and be able to lock zoom level to either 75% or 100% to get the most of the game. I got used to the 50% zoom level, though, since I dislike changing it everytime a game starts.

Nevertheless, I’m patiently waiting for the aforementioned feature to be added. Hopefully it’s not that hard to code :pray: :heartpulse:

is this the same in aoe2?

I would say YES. Zooming in too close makes graphics look pixelated too. And I believe UHD graphics pack prevents this from happening, at least to certain extent.

I don’t have AoE2 DE so I cannot confirm that but the original AoK/AoC works the same way, yes.

Zoom and navigation work differently in Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition, in the way the map gets rendered, though, but the same law applies for quality being lost when zooming in (and I think zooming out too).