Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition (AOE2:DE) on M1 Mac (Crossover)

AOE 2 is a legendary strategy game of my childhood. For a rainy evening still a nice idea how to spend some time with your friends remotely. However, AOE2:DE only runs on Windows and not on Macs. So, what to do owning only a M1 Mac?

Use Crossover and enjoy the game without restriction and at great performance.

Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition (Windows only) running on Mac Book Pro M1 using Crossover

A great guide from Reddit explains how to make it running. Here an edited version of it:

  1. Install Crossover.
  2. Within Crossover, install the steam bottle.
  3. Open the just installed windows version of Steam. Log-in, download, and install AOE2:DE.
  4. Within Crossover, install into the “Steam Bottle”:
    1. “DXVK”
    2. “DirectX for Modern Games”
  5. Enable DXVK by right clicking on the bottle: Settings > DXVK backend
  6. Download “UCRTLBASE” here. (Skip step 7)
  7. You have to get a alternative ucrtbase.dll:
    1. Install Homebrew: /bin/bash -c “$(curl -fsSL”
    2. install xcode: xcode-select –install
    3. install cabextract: brew install cabextract
    4. download:
    5. move terminal to your desktop: cd ~/Desktop
    6. Create a new folder: mkdir ucrtbase
    7. move into ucrtbase: cd ucrtbase
    8. use cabextract to extract the file:
      1. write cabextract into the terminal press space and drag and drop the downloaded vc_redist file into the terminal window, press enter
      2. use command: cabextract a10
    9. UCRTbase.dll should be in the created folder
  8. Put this UCRTBASE in the C:/Windows/System32 folder overwrite the current file (open C: drive by right clicking on the name of the bottle and selecting that option)
  9. Go to: Wine configuration -> Libraries.
    1. Set “concrt140.dll” to native,builtin
    2. Set “ucrtbase” to native,builtin
  10. Set AOE2:DE launch parameter “SKIPINTRO”

3 thoughts on “Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition (AOE2:DE) on M1 Mac (Crossover)”

  1. Hello there.
    I tested this on a 16″ MBP M1 Pro and I can confirm it works. Before I tried crossover I tries parallels, but I can not make parallels to give a decent score on the benchmark test, it gets around 795 points, on the other hand, with crossover I get around 1200, almost twice the score compared to parallels. The only downside is that I get a bit of lag in crossover, no matter what the type of game I play, agains the AI, against somebody else, ranked, etc, even the main menu shows that small lag. I call it a lag since I don’t know how to name it, but it is basically like the a frame missing on a video sequence every 5 seconds. Nothing super bad but still something.
    Great work on compiling these instructions! appreciate your time!

    1. Hi Jose, were you able to solve your lag issues? I can’t seem to get past them, also dealing with some desync stuff.

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