Age of Empires 2 Definitive Version was launched in 2019, and is as devoted a remaster of 1999’s Age of Empires 2 as you will get: To the extent it shares most of the unique sport’s beloved bugs and foibles. One which lay dormant for the longest time, nonetheless, was solely found after a match final yr. The excellently named Walhalla featured a sport through which a participant’s monk goes to return a relic to a monastery and, as he does so, keels over and dies.
Properly, that does not appear very godly. What’s going on right here, and is defined extraordinarily nicely within the under video, is basically a rounding error. A monk with a relic and a monk and not using a relic are in actual fact two completely different items and, when a monk picks up or drops the relic, the sport switches between them and the unit’s hit factors are recalculated.
For many who need to get into the maths it is extra absolutely defined right here (opens in new tab), however what it comes right down to is the sport switching from a unit with 1/55HP and recalculating the 1HP as 0.999999HP, that being rounded right down to 0/55HP, and your monk going to satisfy their maker.
Thus the newest Age of Empires 2 patch notes (opens in new tab) include an all-timer:
“Aztec Monks with 1/55 HP not die when selecting up or placing down a relic.”
Amazingly sufficient, monk relic bugs are virtually their very own class in Age of Empires 2, so this is not even the one repair to amusing / annoying behaviour involving them. Different monk relic fixes embody:
- Monks and Monks with relics don’t drop relics anymore when tasked to a full Monastery. As a substitute, “the constructing is full” message seems
- Shift Queue now works correctly for a bunch of monks selecting a relic.
- Monks can not disguise inside/behind a relic and grow to be unreachable by enemy melee items.
- Relics can not be dropped to the opposite facet of a wall when the monk carries the relic near the wall.
I do love the thought of a monk hiding in their very own relic from a confused military of foot troopers, large Stable Snake vibes.
OK, it is the foolish stuff with this patch that caught my eye. However it ought to be stated that this is without doubt one of the largest balancing patches the sport has had, and provides a brand new know-how amongst dozens of normal and particular modifications to items, reworks of different items, and all within the purpose of making ready for the yet-undetailed Return of Rome growth. It even provides an choice to have “small bushes” in-game, which was one of many sport’s hottest mods only for the sake of the added readability when manoeuvring. We will have a good-natured snort concerning the bugs, however wow does Age of Empires 2 have some legs on it.