Age of Empires 2 DE and Age of Empires 3 DE will get new civilizations, campaigns, and other additions throughout 2021.

New DLC, Updates Announced for Age of Empires Definitive Editions

Age of Empires 2 DE and Age of Empires 3 DE will get new civilizations, campaigns, and other additions throughout 2021.

Both Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition are set to receive brand new content through DLCs and updates this year. Xbox Games Studios, the publisher of both real-time strategy games, announced the news during the Age of Empires fan event on April 10. 

Recommended Videos

Squeezed between new information regarding the upcoming Age of Empires 4 and never-before-seen AoE 4 gameplay, XGS said that the second Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition DLC, Dawn of the Dukes, is scheduled to launch sometime in summer 2021. The expansion focuses on Eastern Europe, though that’s about all we know at this point. The presentation only said there would be “new campaigns and much more, though new units and civilizations are expected. 

Following that, XGS said Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will be receiving co op multiplayer on a select few missions. “We’ve hand-picked a specific set of campaign missions and historical battles to play with friends and work together toward victory” No particulars were shared, but more will be coming “in the months ahead.”

The United States civilization will make its way to Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition on April 13, 2021. It includes a “unique new explorer, a brand home city, nine new units, and a new age-up mechanic.” The announcement did not include a price-point for the DLC, which will be available for purchase on Steam and the Windows Store, but XGS said it will be free for an unspecified amount of time for those who complete a 50-state challenge. 

Additionally, the developers aren’t done with AoE 3: DE this year, saying they plan to release another, much larger DLC expansion focusing on African civilizations. Though, from the sound of it, that DLC may not be ready this year, but we’ll have to wait and see. Stay tuned. 


GameSkinny is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Fallout Shelter Profits Skyrocket: Is New PC Content Next?
Fallout Shelter main menu screen.
Read Article Braid Anniversary Edition Release Date Pushed Back to May
Official cover art for Braid Anniversary Edition
Read Article Pokemon GO Teases New Features to Reel Players Back In
Kanto Pokemon surround player's Pokemon GO app
Read Article Stars Wars Returns to Fortnite Just in Time for May the 4th
Fortnite and Star Wars collab official teaser, on space background
Read Article The Wizard101 Universe Announces a Single-Player Prequel
Official cover art for Ravenwood Academy, wizard kneeling beside Falmea picking up books, other wizards around them
Related Content
Read Article Fallout Shelter Profits Skyrocket: Is New PC Content Next?
Fallout Shelter main menu screen.
Read Article Braid Anniversary Edition Release Date Pushed Back to May
Official cover art for Braid Anniversary Edition
Read Article Pokemon GO Teases New Features to Reel Players Back In
Kanto Pokemon surround player's Pokemon GO app
Read Article Stars Wars Returns to Fortnite Just in Time for May the 4th
Fortnite and Star Wars collab official teaser, on space background
Read Article The Wizard101 Universe Announces a Single-Player Prequel
Official cover art for Ravenwood Academy, wizard kneeling beside Falmea picking up books, other wizards around them
Author
Jonathan Moore
Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.