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.

Highlights:
- 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!

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UPatch HD 1.1 Final - release date!

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UPatch HD 1.1 Beta2 released!

UPatch HD 1.1 Beta2 released!

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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

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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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thieugiatri4492
thieugiatri4492

Can you tell me how to modify age of empire file which can read the mp3 music like you did? Cause i want to create a new mod which only use the mp3 not midi, so can you show me the way. I'm very appreciate

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cunbong
cunbong

Hi aoe_scout,

I'm sorry for my late reply. My friend has restored his machine to Windows 8.1 and it has no problem with AoE RoR. If he upgrades to Windows 10 again, I'll take your advice.

Best regards,
Hai

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout

Thanks for reporting back.

The patch is tested and works without problems on Windows 10, but the OS itself doesn't work perfectly on all devices (not to mention all other controversies surrounding it). Personally I don't use Win10 for anything other than testing, for me Win7 and 8.1 are much more reliable.

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cunbong
cunbong

Hi aoe_scout,

I have downloaded the latest version and installed successfully. There are some problems with my game such as no mouse pointer. When I pressed F4 and F11, it doesn't display the score and the game time, population stats.

My laptop is Dell Vostro 3650 with ATI 7670M graphics card (using latest AMD driver) and running Windows 10.

Thank you

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout

Try running the File Check and enable Windowed Mode. The information is in the Help section of the site:
Upatch-hd.weebly.com

Tell me if it works. So far no one else reported such problem.

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DarthRazdor
DarthRazdor

What about support for the Russian version?

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout

If you mean Russian translation, I can add it, but I need few extra lines of translation and also the original Russian language files ("language.dll" and "languagex.dll" from the game). Send me a private message (here in ModDB) if you are interested in translating to Russian.

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aoe_scout Creator
aoe_scout

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
Guest

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

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
b0Gia

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

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Maggy_
Maggy_

No, please no

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