Archive 1.2006

icon_gunAsk the Content Design Team

Content Designers dream up scenarios, campaigns, units, buildings , and work with our scenario editor. If you have a question that you would like to ask the content design team here at Ensemble about any of these topics, send them in to We will select a few of the best questions each week and post the answers in our forums.


patch104Standalone 1.04 Patch Released

The stand alone version of patch v1.04 is now available from our downloads page. Once the file has been downloaded, run the exe file to update your game to the latest version. If you have already successfully updated your game through the in-game auto patcher, you do not need to download this patch.

Download here | 01/23/06

Icon_Trio_LargeMods and Patch 1.04

Several popular user created mods for Age of Empires 3 have been shown to cause problems after the game is patched to 1.04. These problems can be as severe as game crashes, but can be resolved by simply uninstalling the mod. You should uninstall any user created mods before patching to 1.04 to ensure that you don't encounter any issues during or after the patching process.

If you are a mod creator and have any questions about updating your mod to work with 1.04, please contact us at


patch104Patch 1.04 - ESO Stability Patch Released

Patch 1.04 is now available through the in-game auto updater. Click "Help and Tools" then click "Update Game" to get the latest patch, which updates the ESO game browser, our patch installation process, and more.

The stand alone patch will be made available in the coming days.

Patch Notes | 01/19/06

CommunityESO Stability Patch Soon

We have accelerated our patching schedule in order to address ESO server stability, which has been our highest priority since our online population greatly increased after Christmas. We have made several server side fixes that improved ESO performance, and added a new server to help with the increase in traffic. Patch 1.04 will change our game browser to be more bandwidth efficient, further improving ESO stability. The patch is in testing and should be available in the next week or so. We'll be posting the patch notes tomorrow.

Balance changes are not included in this patch, as we felt ESO stability was the highest priority. Our balance fixes are in final testing at this time, and development is underway on the power rating system. We hope to share more information on these two upcoming patch features soon.


Bruce_ShelleyEnsemble's Dynamic Duo

Sandy Petersen and Bruce Shelley have been typing up a storm over the last few days. Bruce has just updated his blog with news such as why you should keep a copy of Age3 in your truck for emergencies, and Sandy has been very active in our forums answering fan questions. Two opportunities to read thoughts from these Ensemble game designers.

Bruce's Blog | Ask Sandy | 01/11/06

Sandy PetersenAsk Sandy Returns!

We are going to gather your questions for our resident expert on everything Sandy Petersen. Write up your question on any subject that you like and send it to We will select the best questions and then post the answer in our forums.

Sandy knows so ask him!