Besides a more realistic rendering of object size, the map features a more varied terrain with additional texturing options.
In the scenario editor, desert is replaced with dirt and has three different variations, based on the number it is given.
To advance through the ages, certain requirements must be met, such as building certain structures and the payment of resources at the town center.
Wood is gathered from trees, which are one of the most common and most easily obtained resource.
Gold and stone can be mined from deposits found throughout the map.
Due to its commercial success, an expansion pack was released; Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, followed by a Gold Edition, which bundled together the two games along with a bonus map and game matches recorded by Microsoft strategy experts.
In 2013, Age of Empires II HD was announced and given a release date of April 9, 2013 on the Steam digital distribution platform for Windows operating systems only.