UPatch HD is the unofficial (HD) patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. A complete revamp of the original game with HD resolution, HD quality interface graphics, hundreds of bug fixes, new gameplay options and many other enhancements.

- Custom game resolutions!
- Interface graphics reworked and enhanced to HD quality!
- The original CD audio soundtrack in mp3, replacing the synthesizer (midi) version.
- Compatibility with Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
- Save game crashes are fixed.
- Distorted in-game colors (color bugs) are fixed.
- Improved game stability and reliability (some users were not even able to start the game)
- New random map types: "Oasis" and "Rivers".
- New gameplay options: Random Teams, Random Map Type, Post-Iron Age and more.
- New HD Launcher - a remake of the original game launcher, now a central place for all settings and the Mod Manager.
- New Mod Manager with new modding system – allows you to use mods properly without affecting the original game.
- New UPatch HD settings for Windowed Mode, custom player name, language, etc.
- New options for the Scenario Editor.
- Improvements on Random Maps.
- Improvements on the mini map.
- Fixes for computer player ai.
- Fixed technology bugs and countless other problems that have been plaguing the game since its release.
- Hundreds of other bug fixes.
- Improved balance for units and civilizations, while staying as close to the original gameplay as possible. Balance was adjusted according to user feedback and votes from surveys gathered for 2 years. The Beta got over 23 000 downloads!
- Improved in-game text messages and descriptions.
- Support for 7 game languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Polish.

For more information visit the official site.

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UPatch HD 1.1 Final

The first full version (1.1 Final, Release 1) of the unofficial patch was a huge success - it reached over 10000 downloads in only 4 months, an absolute record for AOE1!

UPatch HD 1.1 Release 2: The new version is focused primarily on the new modding system, but it also brings new Scenario Editor options and some important bug fixes and improvements. If you already have Release 1 (1.1 Final), just install over it and select your resolution again from Settings.

The new modding system in UPatch HD allows you to install and use mods properly without affecting the original game, just like in modern games. With new possibilities like the ability to add entirely new civilizations, which was not possible in the original game! The Mod Manager can also show basic information about the selected mod, including a link to a web page. All the information about using/creating mods is posted in the official site.

New civilizations in the gameThe Mod Manager

New options for the Scenario Editor are available in 1.1-R2. These options remove some default Scenario Editor restrictions and allow more control over unit placement (previously this required some complicated modifications). You can turn off terrain restriction, enable free placement and overlapping of units. Additionally you can also show all units normally hidden in the Units tab of the Scenario Editor or un-hide hidden/Beta terrains (use these options with caution). Check the full description of all options in the site.

Here is a very simple example of what can be done with the new options (the flooded area was made from many Grass Clump units placed together):

In addition, the new version includes some important bug fixes and solves some problems of the original game, like the very common bug with missing game fonts. Many other small tweaks and optimizations were made in different areas of the patch, so update as soon as possible (the old version is no longer supported). The Launcher now has an option to check for update (in About).

For more information, visit the official site.

If you like UPatch HD, consider supporting it with a small donation.

UPatch HD 1.1 Final - released!

UPatch HD 1.1 Final - released!

5 months ago News 12 comments

UPatch HD - the unofficial (HD) patch for "Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome" released! Custom resolutions, over 200 bug fixes, new gameplay options and...

UPatch HD 1.1 Final - release date!

UPatch HD 1.1 Final - release date!

5 months ago News 10 comments

UPatch HD - the unofficial (HD) patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome is almost here! Version 1.1 Final comes with huge number of new features and...

UPatch HD 1.1 Beta2 released!

UPatch HD 1.1 Beta2 released!

1 year ago News 8 comments

The second fully functional Beta of the unofficial patch for Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome! Custom resolutions, over 150 bug fixes and more!

New Survey now available

New Survey now available

1 year ago News 0 comments

A new Survey is opened - you can vote for some of the unit/civilization changes in UPatch HD 1.1 Beta.

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UPatch HD 1.1 - Release 2

UPatch HD 1.1 - Release 2

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UPatch HD 1.1 Release 2 - updated to fix possible problems with campaign progress some users experience.

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout Nov 14 2015 says:

IMPORTANT: If you downloaded 1.1 Release 2 before the time of this post, please download and install again. You don't need to uninstall previous version.

The updated 1.1-R2 version fixes campaign progress problems some users experience (the bug was caused by the way Windows 7/8/10 redirects where campaign progress is saved when UAC is on). Only the setup program is updated to workaround this problem, nothing else (there was nothing wrong with the patch itself in the first place). Installing the new update will fix the problem.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Guest Oct 29 2015 says:

I love the balancing and bugfixes that this inserts; they make AOE play so much better, especially in single player. My only minor complaint is that the patcher executable appears to override any changes to the original .dat file, so I can't make any edits to suit my personal tastes for solo play, like increasing the amount of resources in trees, mines, etc. Is it possible make it so that changes in the empires.dat file are kept alongside the changes made by UPatch?

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout Oct 29 2015 replied:

There is a new Mod Manager and modding system that will be introduced with the new release (coming very soon). This will make using and creating mods much simpler and safer, without affecting any original game files (just like in modern games). A detailed documentation will be released as well.

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b0Gia Nov 6 2015 replied:

Guys can you cooperate with microsoft and make your project offcial like the AOE 2 HD and forgoten empires?

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Maggy_ Nov 14 2015 replied:

No, please no

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout Oct 23 2015 says:

A new UPatch HD release is coming soon! Expected release date is early November. All details will be posted on release.

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Vikus_TW Oct 4 2015 says:

Hey aoe_scout!

I just installed your mod for AOE:ROR and it's awesome! Before I had to play AOE in a virtual box with XP to run the game properly with a resolution of 800x600. Now I can run it in Full HD on Windows 8 on a 24" display. ^^
However, I have one question and I hope that I don't missed the answer which is maybe written somewhere. Is it possible to replace the current, improved ROR music with the good quality music of AOE which is shipped without the expansion? If there's a way it would be really cool if you may explain it!

Thanks in advance!

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout Oct 4 2015 replied:

If you meant the original CD music - yes, it's possible. Rip your original AOE CD in mp3. The game can now play any music in mp3 format, you just need to name the files xmusic#.mp3 (# is the consecutive number) and place them in the sound\ folder.

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Frederikct112 Oct 3 2015 says:

I made an account just to say thank you aoe_scout. I've been struggling to get this to work on Win7 because of compatibillity issues and stuff like that. Thank you so so so much man, i could literally hug you right now. Thank you (:

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