Age of Empires 3 Update 61213 – Patch Notes on February 1, 2022

A new update has been released for Age of Empires 3 (AOE3) Update 61213 with Patch Notes. You can find out all the details of the Game Update, Bug Fixes, improvements, and Patch Notes below. The Age of Empires 3 (AOE3) Update 61213 is now available for download, for all platforms PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox Series, and Xbox One. The file size may vary depending on the platform.

  • Lunar New Year 2022 Event!
  • Co-Op versions of all Historical Battles! – You can now play with your friends as each Historical Battle has been updated to allow Co-Op play. In Co-Op, the missions have been updated to be more challenging and fun for two players.

Download on the Microsoft Store

Remember that you’ll need to update your game in the Microsoft Store:
  • Open the Microsoft Store.
  • Click the [ ∙ ∙ ∙ ] symbol next to your profile picture.
  • Select Downloads and updates.
  • Press the Get updates button to automatically detect, download, and install the latest changes to your game!
  • Open the game. The title screen should show you on Build 61213

If you are unable to launch the game after downloading the update, make sure you add (or re-add) the Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition client or folder as an exception to your firewall and antivirus program.

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

Download on Steam

Remember that you’ll need to update your game in Steam:

  • Open Steam.
  • Click on Library to see your games list.
  • Click Downloads at the bottom of the Library window.
  • [If the new build does not download automatically,] click the Download Now button to manually download the new update.
  • Open the game. The title screen should show you on Build 61213

That’s it; you’re ready to play!

Build Spotlight

Lunar New Year 2022 Event

February 1st – February 28th

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is celebrating the 2022 Lunar New Year with an all-new and unique event! For a limited time, you can unlock new portraits, explorer skins, and cheats by completing the community challenges!

New Cheats

This time we’re providing two cheats! One can be obtained by completing the challenges and the other is available now!

Guardian Lion cheat – “the king of all beasts”

  • Spawns two Guardian lions!

Lion Dance Parade cheat – “red pocket”

  • Spawns a Lion Dance Parade at your Town Center gifting you resources!

New Rewards!

Starting TODAY through February 28th, complete daily in-game tasks within the time limit to unlock exclusive rewards!

Each of the following challenges must be unlocked in order and on separate days.

Game

Stability & Performance

  • Improved game start-up times.
  • Improved the time taken to load into a game when the Record Game option is enabled. This is especially noticeable when playing an 8-player game.
  • Fixed a crash that would occasionally occur when hosting or joining a Multiplayer game lobby.
  • Fixed an issue where, if you accepted a game invite while choosing a file to host a Saved MP game from, the file dialog would remain open and the game would crash if you tried to close it.
  • Fixed a crash to desktop which happened if you minimized the splash screen.
  • Overhaul of UI and model asset loading for memory usage optimizations.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur when viewing the playback of a recorded game when it was set to loop.

Graphics

  • Fixed an issue with obscured unit alpha where, on some older hardware, it would not render correctly.
  • Cruzob Infantry now has a walking animation in Defend Mode and Stand Ground stances.

Audio

  • Fixed an issue that caused the civilization jingles to be cut short when the game starts.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the first track in the in-game music playlist to be skipped when starting a game.
  • Fixed corruption in a couple of the music tracks: Get Ye Sum and Felonious Junk.
  • Goats now make a noise when created from the African Livestock Market.
  • Surgeons now have voice lines when playing as the Inca, Hausa, or Ethiopians.
  • Villagers now have voice lines when building Walls.
  • Petards now have voice lines when being selected.
  • Added voice lines to various campaign-exclusive units.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Artillery sounds to be audible to the player despite the unit being hidden in the Fog of War.

UI

  • Resources (Gold Mine, Treasures, Fish banks) will now be highlighted when right-clicked by a Villager when the resource is outside of the player’s LOS (Line of sight).
  • Postgame summary now correctly sorts stats when clicking on their header. (e.g. to see who gathered the most Coin during a match).
  • Readability and formatting of text in Hindi has been significantly improved.
  • The “News” dialog has been replaced by the new “Community” dialog which, along with news, contains links to external Age of Empires related resources.
  • Berries spawned by a Torp now correctly show their remaining resources instead of HP.
  • Updated the Game Settings panel in Single Player/Multiplayer Lobbies.
  • ‘Los Colorados Battalion’ card now correctly states it sends 10 units instead of 11.
  • Both Japanese explorers now show their stats on the UI in the same order.
  • ‘Dia de Muertos’ tech from the Cathedral will no longer always display +0.00 XP in the tooltip
  • Updated various Compendium entries to be adjusted for various balance changes.
  • Fixed various issues in the Compendium as highlighted by the community.
  • Fixed various tech tree inaccuracies.
  • Fixed various tooltip issues.
  • Fixed various keyboard navigation issues.
  • The rollover text for the Chinese Village now shows the correct value for the amount of supported population after it has been upgraded.

Hotkeys

  • Tambo Travois can now be found with the “Find an idle Villager” hotkey.
  • ‘Mansabdar Sepoy’ now gets selected when using the “Find all of selected type” hotkey on a regular Sepoy unit.
  • ‘Chimu maneuver ability’ has been added to the Abilities Hotkeys menu.

Source: AOE3

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