Gaming isn’t quite cyclical, thought it would seem that the big trend this winter is to remake old-school games from the 90′s for newer platforms. EA just released a brand new version of a personal childhood favorite, SimCity, and now it would appear that Age Of Empires II HD is coming to Steam’s platform.
Steam is an online game seller that acts quite a bit like an App Store for PC game titles. The company has evolved past the desktop to mobile apps, as well as offering Windows non-gaming apps, but remains focused on bringing the best of gaming to the cloud.
That said, Age Of Empires II HD will be available exclusively on Steam starting on April 9, with a price tag of $19.99. However, those who are itching with anticipation can pre-order and start playing on April 5, with a 10 percent discount. The game was originally developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft, but unfortunately Ensemble is no longer assembling.
Instead, Hidden Path Entertainment, the same folks that developed Counter Strike: Global Offensive, have developed this iteration of the classic game.
Age Of Empires is a real-time strategy game that lets users build civilizations and defend them against other countries and their settlements.
The Steam version supports 1080p multi-monitor play, and it includes all the same single-player campaigns from the original game, along with the Conquerors expansion. Steam will also bring its own leaderboards, achievements, and Steam Cloud support to the title.
To enjoy the nostalgic magic, the game requires Windows XP and later, 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and a graphics card capable of DirectX 9.