Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Features Empire Wars and More in Latest Update

Age of Empires III Update
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Update 50830 is now available for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. One of the biggest additions is the new game mode called Empire Wars. New cards, bug fixes, and improvements are also included in this update.

New Game Mode

The Empire Wars is the latest game mode introduced in Update 50830. This is perfect for those who want to be in the thick of battle without having to start from scratch. You start in the Exploration Age with enough resources to pick your very first Politician, Wonder, and others.

But what’s interesting here is instead of starting with a pre-built town, you will use the Homecity Construction Wagons. This means that your decisions and what buildings you put up will determine your victory condition. Make sure to devise a good strategy as you go along.

New Cards

Home City Cards can provide you with different bonuses depending on which cards you have stacked in your deck. That said, there are new cards available in this update.

The five Warrior Priests, for example, will ship five Warrior Priests to your aid. The Calmecac can be used with any politician and will also ship one Warrior Priest. Also, if you are researching your next council member, you will Age-up twice as fast.

Update 50830 Highlights

NEW GAME MODE: EMPIRE WARS
  • Gameplay begins in the Exploration Age with enough resources to choose a first Politician bonus, Wonder, or Federal State, etc, right away
  • All Cards and each Age-Up deliver Construction Wagons that can make nearly all default buildings (excluding Houses*, TCs and Banks)
  • Many buildings are available an age sooner, including one Town Center
NEW CARDS
  • Calmecac (I)
  • Calendar Ceremony (I)
  • Ritual Gladiators (III)
  • 5 Warrior Priests (III)
  • Wall of Skulls (IV)
  • Otontin Slinger Combat (IV)
  • Chichimeca Rebellion (IV)
GAME
Stability and Performance
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when launching the game
  • Fixed a rare crash when exiting the pre-game UI screens by pressing “Esc” repeatedly
  • Fixed a rare crash when starting a single-player Skirmish match
Graphics
  • Adjusted the visuals of some XP crates to make them more distinguishable from Food crates
  • European Fishing Boats now raise their sails when stationary
  • Improved the visuals of the Indian Monsoon Home City unlockable
UI
  • Brand new “Map Selection” screen
  • Mods are now ordered to show the most recent mod first
  • Ottoman tech tree now shows the correct icon & description for the Imam
  • Removed the incorrect “Tufanci Corps” entry from the Ottoman tech tree
  • “Blood Brothers” card no longer incorrectly states that only North American native warriors are affected

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Update 50830 is now available on PC.

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