Age of Empires 2 is about to return in time with its subsequent DLC, however, like, otherwise than traditional. Return of Rome is a “utterly new kind of enlargement pack” that may carry AOE 1 into AOE 2 when it releases on Could 16, including all 16 civilisations from the primary game and its Rise of Rome enlargement pack to the second game’s roster.

Meaning you will quickly be capable to play the (take a deep breath, get a glass of water) Assyrians, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Choson, Egyptians, Greeks, Hittites, Macedonians, Minoans, Palmyrans, Persians, Phoenicians, Romans, Shang, Sumerians, and Yamato on the plains, steppes and tundra of AOE 2. And if that is merely not sufficient human historical past to select from, Return of Rome can be including one model new civ—the Lac Viet—to its faction listing.

It is not only a factional affair, although. The enlargement may also introduce three new campaigns to indicate off just a few of its new (outdated) civilisations. There are campaigns for Sargon of Akkad (the Sumerians), Pyrrhus of Epirus (the Macedonians), and Trajan (the Romans). If I keep in mind accurately, ‘pyrrhic victory’ is one other manner of claiming ‘actually good victory,’ in order that second marketing campaign will most likely be chill as hell.

Return of Rome may also carry within the D3 game mode, “impressed by a ruleset made common in Vietnam”. I confess, I am not aware of this one, however the AOE wiki tells me that D3 is a mode that cuts down on rush ways and drags video games out a bit: You are solely allowed to battle with a single unit till the Bronze Age, and partitions and towers are banned.

Except for all that, the enlargement will comprise a bunch of annoyingly undetailed “visible enhancements,” “UI enhancements”, and enhanced CPU-opponent AI.

If that piques your curiosity, you will discover Age of Empires 2’s Return of Rome DLC over on Steam and the Microsoft Retailer, where it is presently 15% off to lure you into preordering it.