Archive 3.2006

banESO Bannings

Today we have banned a batch of players from ESO for a variety of cheats, including hacked decks, point trading, as well as for racist chat channels and comments. If you have found that your ESO account has been disabled and would like to appeal your ban, please e-mail

We'd like to thank the players who have e-mailed in to report abusive or cheating players. Please do include screenshots or recorded games with your e-mails to help us track these issues.


wallyVGM Interviews Wally Wachi

Wally Wachi, Producer on the Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs expansion, was recently interviewed by the guys at VGM Daily. Wally fields a bunch of questions on the expansion, including many submitted by Age fans. Listen in on the full interview at: VGM Daily

Wally Wachi Interview | 03/30/06

newsletterAge of Empires III Newsletter

Make sure you don't miss out on any expansion pack information, interviews, or strategies from Ensemble Studios playtesters by signing up for the official Age of Empires III Newsletter. The latest edition was sent out to fans on 03/10/06, announcing our expansion pack and containing a Q&A with Sandy Petersen. Make sure you have signed up to receive our newsletter so that you don't miss future edtions!

Newsletter Signup | 03/28/06

power rating ladderHow Power Rating Works

Many thanks to those players who've already given us feedback in our ongoing beta of our multiplayer Power Rating system. We've just posted some further general information on the system and how it works in our forums. If you have any feedback on how well the system has been working, or issues that you've encountered with it, please let us know.

Power Ratings Information | 03/22/06

warriorIGN's Age of Empires III Expansion Interview

Sandy Petersen, the Lead Designer on the upcoming Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs expansion, sat down with IGN to field some questions on what fans have to look forward to this fall. Check out this first interview on the new expansion: IGN Interview

For more information on the expansion, check out our new Xpack FAQ for some basics on what to expect from the expansions as well as screenshots.

IGN Interviews Sandy Petersen | Xpack FAQ | 03/17/06

workForum Maintenance

We will be doing some work on the forums on 03/09 and 03/10 to improve their performance. The forums will be unavailable at times during these days. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this causes.


xpackAge of Empires III Expansion Pack

Newest Addition to Best-Selling Franchise Introduces Playable Native American Civilizations in a Fight for Control of the Americas

The incredible momentum behind "Age of Empires III" continues as Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios announced their plans for delivering an expansion pack to gamers in 2006.

The new expansion pack will build off of the exciting real-time-strategy gameplay of "Age of Empires III," providing players with the ability to lead one of three proud Native American civilizations, including the Iroquois Confederation, to expand their empire and fight for control of the Americas.

03/07/06 | Read more

patch_105Standalone 1.05 Patch Released

The stand alone version of patch v1.05 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 | 03/02/06

industrial_ageOdeton's Fast Industrial

Congratulations once again to our Fastest Industrial Age Contest winner Odeton, who reached the fourth age in an amazing time of 7:27. He was kind enough to post his strategy for the contest in our forum, showing all of the planning and time he put into the event.

Our thanks to Intel and Gateway for supplying a great first place prize for the contest, a fully loaded Gateway® FX510XL PC powered by:

3.46GHz Intel® Pentium® Extreme Edition 955 with Hyperthreading Technology, 4096MB PC5300 Dual-Channel DDR2 667MHz SDRAM, 21" Black Widescreen High-Definition LCD Performance Flat Panel Monitor, NVIDIA® GeForce 7800GTX

Odeton's Strategy | 03/02/06


power rating ladderBeta Power Ratings & Ladder

The beta version of our Power Rating system has gone live with patch 1.05. This is a level based rating system that calculates a number of factors to assign a play a rating based on their skill. It is designed to place a player at their level quickly, so new players will move through the ranks relatively quickly. Players can range in skill from level 0-50, with each rank assigned a title. Please visit our forum for more details on the rankings.

Power Ratings | Full Patch Notes | 03/01/06