Questions & Answers:



1. How to contact the support / get help with the other problems?
2. How to update the unofficial patch / install a minor update?
3. How to add my own music to EE2Amp Music Player?
4. How to configure Unofficial Patch 1.5?
5. I have Win 8 / 8.1 / 10 and I still can't maximize game?
6. Some options in UP1.5 Settings are grayed out.
7. I could maximize the game, but the screen in game is black. How to fix it?
8. I get a "CRC32 checksum don't match" error.
9. The game doesn't start, only the splash picture is shown or the game automatically closes on launch.
10. My antivirus detects EE2.exe and/or EE2X.exe as malicious? What to do?
11. The font in game is too small. How to fix it?
12. What's the difference between "English UK" and "English [Digital Distribution]"?
13. Multiplayer: My game automatically closes/crashes to desktop when I'm hosting a game, after clicking on the "create" button
14. Can I select a different language version to change the language in game?
15. How to uninstall the unofficial patch?
16. Is Unofficial Patch 1.5 a mod?
17. Is the creator of the Unofficial Patch a woman?
18. My game is lagging / I have a low FPS problem. Is this normal?
19. How to load the Multiplayer saved game?
20. I lost game settings, mapped hotkeys or campaign progress. How to recover it?
21. How to disable the additional content (units, buildings, models, sounds and camera settings)?
22. I experience Multiplayer related problems.
23. I get a "mss32.dll is missing" error during installation, and I can't install UP1.5.
24. I get a "mss32.dll is missing" error, but the file is present in game folder.
25. I get an "Encountered a sharing violation while accessing..." error during installation.
26. How to install Empire Earth II on Linux?

Known Bugs & Solutions:



1. Unhandled Exception
2. Invisible / cyan icons of the new UP1.5 units
3. Graphics bug: all units and buildings are very dark
4. Playbacks problem: the recorded game is incorrect, buildings are missing or the game crashes during watching (1.5.6+)
5. Graphics bug: large, dark shadows are visible during the day time when the Dynamic Time of Day option is active.

How to contact the support / get help with the other problems?



It's very easy to contact the creator, or the other players from the "team". After you install Unofficial Patch 1.5, start the game launcher (using the normal game shortcut), and then click on the: "Need any help? Got a question? Click here to open a chat!" button. Then ask your question / describe the problem, and we will try to help you as soon as possible. You can also write about your problem in the official download topic on the forums or in the "Help, Questions & Problems" subforum, if your question / problem is not related to the Unofficial Patch.

How to add my own music to EE2Amp Music Player? (SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+F12)



Unofficial Patch 1.5 has a built-in Music Player. The simplest way to use your own music in game is to paste .MP3 files to the "UserMusic" folder in Empire Earth II root folder (by default it should be: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Sierra\Empire Earth II\UserMusic"). After that you'll have to use SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+F12 to enable EE2Amp. You can also select your music directory manually, but you'll have to type the full path of the folder with your music, for example: "C:\Users\YourUsername\Music\Lady GaGa". You can change many other settings for EE2Amp, to see the full list - please click (here).
Since Unofficial Version 1.5.3 the Music Player uses new hotkeys: Toggle Music Player (ALT+SPACE), Next track (ALT+RIGHT), Previous track (ALT+LEFT), Pause (ALT+DOWN), Play (ALT+UP), Randomize (ALT+NumPAD1);


How to configure Unofficial Patch 1.5?



To configure Unofficial Version 1.5, click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button in the game launcher, or start UnofficialVersionConfig.vbs file, from your Empire Earth II root folder. By default it should be: "C:\Program files (x86)\Sierra\Empire Earth II". The configuration is described in the screenshot ->
Alternatively you can configure the patch using the UnofficialVersionConfig.txt file.


I have Win 8 / 8.1 / 10 and I still
can't maximize game?



1. Download and install Unofficial Patch 1.5: (Click)
2. Start the game launcher and click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button.
3. Make sure that option: "Always start the Maximization Helper" is checked, and click on the "OK - Save changes" button.
4. Start Empire Earth II or Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy by clicking on the game cover picture.
5. In the top-left corner you should see the "Maximization Helper" window. Click on the "Solution 1" button and try to maximize your game using alt+tab. If it doesn't help try clicking other buttons.
6. Done! You can now play Empire Earth II on Windows 8 / 10. If you found a working solution in the Maximization Helper window, you can check a checkbox "Always use Solution X automatically".

If your screen resolution is supported by Unofficial Version 1.5 - you shouldn't have problems with playing it on Windows 8 / 8.1+. Be sure that you click: "YES" when the UP1.5 Launcher asks you to use your desktop's screen resolution in Empire Earth II. When EE2 start - use ALT+TAB to maximize your game. Be sure that the Windows Task Manager is not running at the same time - it can often cause problem with maximization. If you're still unable to maximize game - try all Solutions from the "Maximization Helper" window which should appear after game launch when your system is Windows 8 or newer. If it didn't solve the problem - please contact the patch creator, for example on the built-in support chat. Remember: to maximize game you should always use ALT+TAB.
Unofficial Patch 1.5.4.001+ has improved fixes for those problems: In UP1.5.4 (minor version 154001) I created a new function that solves maximization problems. To use it, please simply click "Solution 1" in the Maximization Helper Window that appears after you start the game on Windows 8 and newer. How it works? I created a list of the "problematic" programs that cause maximize problems on people's computers. The list is downloaded automatically from the server if you're connected to the Internet when EE2 is starting. The list can be updated by me at any time, so in case we detect new problematic programs minor updates of the game launcher won't be required. How the function works? First, the "Solution 1" is checking if any of specified programs is running, and saving .exe locations of the currently running processess to an array. After that it's killing all processes that were defined in the configuration from the server. When the user quits the game, all programs that were killed are automatically re-launched. Thanks to this, you won't have any problems with computer (missing programs), after you quit the game. IMPORTANT: If your game is still not working, please contact me, and I'll try to update the "problematic programs" list. I might ask for help by allowing me to see your computer screen by TeamViewer.


Some options in UP1.5 Settings are grayed out



If you don't know why you experience this problem, it's because you didn't read all message boxes with warnings while changing options in UP1.5 Settings. Next time please read all warnings carefully.
The options are grayed out if you uncheck "Help improve the patch by sending anonymous usage statistics" checkbox. When you do this, you will see a warning message: "If you disable the statistics system, some of the Unofficial Version 1.5 features and fixes will be disabled. Are you sure you want to continue?" When you click "YES" many of UP1.5 features will stop working until you enable the statistics system again.
Explanation: The Launcher and DLL files with special fixes for Unofficial Patch 1.5 were designed to collect errors / crash reports and send details to EE2,eu server whenever a problem occurs. Some people were disabling statistics system and asking for help on the support chat. Usually players don't even know how to describe the problem, and while an information what fixes the player had enabled was not sent - we couldn't help or we wasted a lot of time to figure out what causes the issue. That's why with new versions of UP1.5 Launcher, all additional fixes were re-programmed to not work if information collecting is disabled. From the technical point of view it would be possible to keep them active by adding some statistics boolean, but in my opinion when a player doesn't want to share statistics information for our website (click) then don't deserve to use special features which are available for free and took months of work to be created.


I could maximize the game, but the screen in game is black. How to fix it?



First of all, please read about the Maximization Helper (click). Usually Solution 1 should fix the black screen issues. If it didn't, please read the next steps.
If you're using an Intel HD graphics card (for example Intel HD Graphics 5500) and the screen in game is black after you launch the game:
1. Please read "How to configure Unofficial Patch 1.5?" above.
2. In UP1.5 Settings, check option: "Enable a fix for graphics bugs (no fire/explosion) on Intel HD graphics cards".
3. Click "OK" to save changes. Restart the UP1.5 Launcher and start the game.
This solution might also work for the other graphics cards, not only "Intel HD", but it wasn't tested yet.


I get a "CRC32 checksum don't match" error.



The Unofficial Version 1.5 Launcher generates game executables depending on the selected screen resolution, enabled fixes, etc. We don't have the source code of the game, so it's the only possibility to support all screen resolutions and fix game problems. If you get the "CRC32 checksum of Empire Earth II don't match, and the built-in EXEGenerator couldn't generate a new file" error - it means that some antivirus (usually Avast) blocked UP1.5 Launcher from accessing folders: "Unofficial Patch Files\EnabledUP15Units", "Unofficial Patch Files\EnabledUP15UnitsDX9", "Unofficial Patch Files\DisabledUP15Units", "Unofficial Patch Files\DisabledUP15UnitsDX9". To fix it, please try to temporary disable your antivirus / firewall softwares or add "EE2.exe" and "EE2X.exe" from the game root directory to exceptions in your Antivirus settings. Please also read: #Antivirus. If it didn't solve your problem - contact us.

The game doesn't start, only the splash picture is shown or the game automatically closes on launch.



If you experience this problem, please temporary disable your Anti-virus program (especially if you use Avast). Please also read #Antivirus for more information. If it didn't fix the problem, please read the solutions below:
This is a rare problem, which might be caused by screen resolution greater than YYYYx1080. It is not related to the unofficial patch, but some "weird" Windows bug. By default the Unofficial Version 1.5 Launcher automatically sets the screen resolution in game to your desktop's screen resolution, but you can change it manually:
1. IMPORTANT: Restart the computer, because the game process might be still blocked in memory, and you will be unable to recompile files for the new screen resolution.
2. Start Empire Earth II 1.5 Launcher, but don't start the game yet! Just the launcher.
3. Click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button. At the bottom of the Configuration Utility, next to "Force this screen resolution in game" select the other screen resolution. I recommend to use 1920x1080 for 16:9 aspect ratio. If it didn't solve your problem - contact us.


My antivirus detects EE2.exe and/or EE2X.exe as malicious? What to do?



The Unofficial Patch 1.5's launchers have suspicious behavior, because:
- They generate one of 21 .exe files from sources from: "Unofficial Patch Files\EXEGeneratorData" folder (to generate a .EXE file for your screen resolutions group).
- They change other process memory (EE2.exe/EE2X.exe from: "Unofficial Patch Files" folder after they're launched), to replace a checksum described in file: "Unofficial Patch Files\Checksums-data". Thanks to that players with different screen resolutions (and EXE files) are able to join each other in Multiplayer games.
- They start other programs, for example "EE2.EE2X-Windows8-FIX-by.DrMonaLisa.exe" when it's needed.
- They inject DLL files to game process (for example: UP15.dll - DirectX 9 support, hook_3DA.dll - fix for graphics problems on Intel HD GPUs).

If you get a fake antivirus alert, you can:
- Disable the antivirus; install Unofficial Patch 1.5; add EE2.exe and EE2X.exe to exceptions, so it won't get detected; enable antivirus. There are many antivirus programs, so it's hard to explain how to add exceptions for each of them, but you can find tutorials on Google.
For now I have received a report that Norton SONAR detects UP1.5 as malicious. This link might help you with this problem (Click)
Please remember that if you don't trust in Unofficial Version 1.5 - you don't need to use it - simply do not install/remove the patch. It's not my fault that Antivirus softwares detect all new programs as dangerous, just to make customers think they're "so good at detection".



The font in game is too small. How to fix it?



The font depends on the screen resolution. By default the maximum font is supposed for YYYYx1200 screen resolution. If you're using a 4k screen resolution (for example 3840x2160) - your font might be too small. If you don't like it, click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button in the game launcher, and select a smaller screen resolution. The orientation "How to configure Unofficial Patch 1.5" is mentioned above.

What's the difference between "English UK" and "English [Digital Distribution]"?



There's no language difference between those options during installation, however if you select the wrong option it will be impossible to uninstall Empire Earth II. To fix it you'll have to install Unofficial Patch 1.5 again, this time selecting the right language version. Basically "English UK" should be used by people who own an Empire Earth II CD/DVD and needed the CD/DVD to start game on versions: 1.0 to 1.2. "English [Digital Distribution]" should be used by people who don't own CD/DVD but bought and downloaded Empire Earth II online and never needed CD/DVD to start game.

Multiplayer: My game automatically closes/crashes to desktop when I'm hosting a game, after clicking on the "create" button



This problem occurs, when you don't enter a working CD-KEY, or when the CD-KEY you entered was incorrect. To fix it, start EE2 (Singleplayer), and then click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button in the Launcher window. After that click on the "Change EE2 CD-KEY" or "Change EE2X CD-KEY" (if you're playing Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy). If you have UP1.5.4.006+ installed, you can do it by clicking on the empireearth2 protocol: empireearth2://FunctionChangeEE2CDKEY or empireearth2aos://FunctionChangeEE2XCDKEY. If you don't own a CD-KEY, but you bought the game legally, you can use one of CD-KEYs available in this topic: http://forum.ee2.eu/t1143-empire-earth-ii-cd-key-serial-working-online-and-offline (for some reasons Gog.com don't send CD-KEYs automatically).

Can I select a different language version to change the language in game?



Yes. The Unofficial Patch 1.5 installer will change your text language in game, and you should be able to use that language with no problems. Please note that the installer contains only text files, so the sound in game won't be changed. For example if you have got the English version of EE2, and you selected the Spanish language in UP1.5 installer - the text in game will be in Spanish, but sounds (units voices) in English. Thanks to support for many languages you are even able to install a different language version of the expansion pack (Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy). Unfortunately, it will work only for Empire Earth II, but not for the expansion pack (Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy)

How to uninstall the unofficial patch?



As every patch, Unofficial Patch 1.5 is overwriting some of game files, so you can't simply uninstall it and make your game work. You should always have a backup folder of your game before installing the patch. If you didn't create a backup, you will need to remove Empire Earth II (and Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy if installed) using Control Panel / Uninstall Program. After that you will need to clean EE2 installation folder (simply by deleting it), and then install the game again.

Is Unofficial Patch 1.5 a mod?



Unofficial Patch 1.5 is not a mod. It's a patch with additional expansion (mod).
It's not just a mod for the following reasons:
- The mod part can be disabled at any time by the Configuration Utility, and then all features won't be available in game,
- The patch fixes too many game problems and bugs to call it just a "mod",
- The original game ballance and configuration is unchanged (options are always added, never replaced),
- Only ~30% of changes are visible for the ordinary players (all the rest are just stability fixes),
- Even if the mod part is what you like the most in this patch - it's not something what I focused on. The priority was to make game playable for everyone, no matter what operating system / hardware / software they use.
- If Unofficial Patch was a mod, then the version for the other EE2 mods wouldn't exist (incompatibility issues): http://forum.ee2.eu/t1731-15-developers-version


Is the creator of the Unofficial Patch a woman?



Unfortunately (and fortunately) not. I'm a teenager boy. I am not studying programming or nothing, and I'm bad at C++. I made the patch because it was needed (not enough screen resolutions, windows 8 problems), and because I love this game (and the players too <3).

My game is lagging / I have a low FPS problem. Is this normal?



Empire Earth II is an old, badly optimized game, so yes, the lags are normal. We don't have the source code of the game, so we can't do anything to improve it with the unofficial patch. Empire Earth II 1.5 has exactly the same performance as the official version of the game (1.2). It's not true that UP1.5 is more "laggy". You might feel more lags, because of the new camera zoom settings, but then you should just zoom-in and play as it was orginally. To check the current FPS in game, press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+F. You can compare your game lag, by watching videos on my Youtube Channel. I play on a MSI laptop, with NVIDIA GTX 870M, i7-4810MQ, 16GB RAM. I use the current graphics settings in game (click)
Basically, if you have got a good computer, you should keep everything on "high", except Shadow Detail (medium or lower recommended) and Lighting Detail (low recommended). I noticed the performance difference only after changing those settings. So basically, it's senseless to play with low textures, terrian details, because it won't make your game faster (unsless you have some really old PC). Changing screen resolution is not recommended. The game works actually faster with the native desktop screen resolution, because it doesn't need to re-size.

Things which cause lags, and possible solutions:
1. Big maps and AI players. AI players are lagging h.o.r.r.i.b.l.y. It's because they're badly programmed. They are keep senselessly moving units, and the game must re-calculate it around 5 times per second. The only solution for it is playing Multiplayer games instead of Singleplayer. Or reduce number of AIs to 4 or lower.
2. Population over 2000. The official version of EE2 has the population limit: 2000. With Unofficial Patch 1.5 you can set even 10000. More population you set, more lag you will feel, it's up to you. If you're wondering why you can see only 999 population on the pop-counter, please read Unofficial Patch 1.5 changes list. It's all explained there.

3. Your graphics card is not selected by game. It's a rare bug, which usually occurs on laptops with two graphics cards (usually Intel HD + NVIDIA). If in Game Settings -> Video you can see the wrong Video Card name - you will need to enable the experimental graphics fix - DirectX 9. Empire Earth II uses DirectX 8, and DirectX 9 is not officially supported, however in the Unofficial Patch 1.5 I succeed to program a .dll which converts DirectX 8 calls into DirectX 9 calls. It works pretty well, and I'm really proud of it, especially because I couldn't select my GTX 870M after I updated to Windows 10. I was almost crying. Even skipped school for a week or two to find a solution for it. But well, it doesn't really matter :) To Enable DirectX 9, Start the launcher, and then click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button. After that check: "Enable DirectX 9" and install required SDKs. You MUST install those SDKs, otherwise your game will be crashing on launch (until you disable DirectX9). SDKs are not DirectX, so you DON'T HAVE THEM INSTALLED, even if you installed something with DirectX in name before.
4. You have got an ATI / AMD graphics card. I'm sorry, but I can't tell much about this problem. I have received a lot of reports from AMD users, about the lags (usually after updating to Windows 10). Unfortunately it's their drivers fault, and I can't do antyhing with it. I don't even have the AMD PC to test on. One person who reported this problem to me claims that he fixed it by changing graphics settings in the Graphics Control Panel (it's probably called AMD Catalyst). He didn't tell what options he changed to solve this problem. If you find it yourself, please let us know, for example on the support chat in the 1.5 launcher, then I'll update information on this website.
* Solutions from the AMD users:
Player Giannis wrote: "So I had a problem with laggy gameplay and it was propably because of my AMD graphic. I think I found a solution through amd catalyst. You can change in switchable Graphics Application Settings in The power menu the Graphics settings for the game to High performance. This helped me solve the problem (this solution helped me. No responsibility if anything happens to your computer)"
5. You have the power-saving mode enabled on your computer (usually laptop). Some computer manufacturers are pre-installing power management softwares which control energy saving. You should remove all those programs, and then change your power plan to Balanced or High performance. For help how to do it step-by-step, please visit this link (Click)

IMPORTANT DirectX 9 information:
After long tests we can confirm that the "Experimental graphics fix: DirectX 9" improves FPS in Empire Earth 2 and Empire Earth 2 The Art of Supremacy. Please (click) to read more about how the DirectX 9 works and how to enable it.


You can find much more information about the lag problems on forums.ee2.eu in the Help, Questions & Problems subforum.


How to load the Multiplayer saved game?



To load your multiplayer save, when you're hosting a game, under "Game Name", select game type from the list: "Load Saved Game". Screenshots:

More information in this topic on forum.ee2.eu (click)


I lost game settings, mapped hotkeys or campaign progress. How to recover it?



Since Unofficial Patch 1.5.5.006 the Launcher automatically backups your Empire Earth II and Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy settings, mapped hotkeys, campaign progress, etc. to a .zip archive which is stored in the: "Documents\Empire Earth 2\UP15_ConfigurationBackups" folder.
To Restore game settings, mapped hotkeys, campaign progress, etc:
1. In the UP1.5 Launcher window, click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button.
2. In the Configuration Utility click on the "Restore Settings / Hotkeys" button.
3. Select an archive with the backup from folder: "Documents\Empire Earth 2\UP15_ConfigurationBackups".
Please note, that the newest backup archive might contain already "damaged" settings or not working hotkeys. To fix it, please simply select an older backup file.


How to disable the additional content (units, buildings, models, sounds and camera settings)?



Unofficial Patch 1.5 was designed to fix compatibility problems with game, and additional features are just a bonus which can be easly disabled.
To disable additional content (units, buildings, models, sounds and camera settings) in game:
1. In the UP1.5 Launcher window, click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button.
2. In the Configuration Utility switch option "Unlock UP1.5 units, buildings, models, sounds and camera settings in game" to "No".
3. Click "OK - Save changes" and start the game.
The following changes will be applied:
- All new units and buildings (including changed models and additional sounds) won't be available in game.
- AI (computer players) will not build UP1.5 buildings and will not produce UP1.5 units.
- All air units will fly much lower (as in the official version of the game).
- The new camera zoom settings will be reset to use settings from the unpatched version of the game.
* Since Unofficial Patch 1.5 minor version 155012 you can keep the UP1.5 camera settings by checking option "No (keep new camera)".

If you're still unsatisfied, you can use the developers version (click) which supports all screen resolutions, fixes compatibility issues, but doesn't fix all game crashes.


I get a "mss32.dll is missing" error during installation, and I can't install UP1.5.



To install Unofficial Patch 1.5 you need to have a full, orginal version of Empire Earth 2 installed. If you get the: "Cannot install UP1.5, the required file: 'mss32.dll' is missing. Please check where your game is installed (click the right mouse button on the EE2 Icon, and select "Open file location" from the list), then change the installation folder." error, you should select the correct folder where Empire Earth 2 is installed (not a new folder). Some people are also trying to install Unofficial Patch 1.5 for Empire Earth 2 on Empire Earth 1 installation. It won't work, this is only a patch for EE2, and will never work with EE1.

I get a "mss32.dll is missing" error, but the file is present in game folder.



The solution is simple: Uninstall Avast Antivirus. I don't even want to know why Avast causes so many problems with running different programs. I only know that the "lpDirectory" parameter is ignored by Avast, when UP1.5 Launcher is trying to start the game process. Disabling or pausing Avast won't help in this case, it seem to really invade programs compatibility.

I get an "Encountered a sharing violation while accessing..." error during installation.



If you can't install Unofficial Patch 1.5 or Minor Update for UP1.5 because of error: "Encountered a sharing violation while accessing..." - templorary disable your Antivirus software and start the setup program again. This error is usually a Windows Defender bug (a bug because files are not even detected as malicious nor quarantined, just blocked for unknown reason). Please also read: #Antivirus

Unhandled Exception



It's very hard to detect what causes "Unhandled Exception" crash. Basically in the final release of Unofficial Patch 1.5 it shouldn't happen.
If your game is crashing very often, and it's irritating you, please read "How to configure Unofficial Patch 1.5?" above. In the Configuration Utility switch option "Unlock the new Unofficial Patch 1.5 units in game", to: "No". After that all new units won't be available in game, but your game will be as stable as with the official version 1.2. Of course I'm still working to improve new units, so hopefully in the future we won't have more crashes. Please remember that game is Auto-saving every 5 minutes by default. After a crash you can load an autosave in the game main menu.
IMPORTANT: If you get the "Unhandled Exception" at start (after you start EE2.exe/EE2X.exe):
- Reinstall Empire Earth II (this time install it to a different folder, for example "D:\GAMES\EE2") and then install Unofficial Version 1.5 again.
- If the game is still crashing on start - you can download a working version of EE2/EE2X here (Click) (You'll have to register to see the link)


Invisible / cyan icons of the new UP1.5 units



This bug happens when you change "Texture Detail" in the "Video" Settings during game. To fix it, simply restart the game, and it should be fine. You can save your game, and then load it from the main menu.

Graphics bug: all units and buildings are very dark



This bug happens on Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy, when you enable the "Experimental graphics fix: DirectX 9" by UP1.5 Settings, and change "Lighting Detail" to Medium or High in the "Video" Settings.
To fix this problem do one of the following steps:
A. Restart the game, and click "YES" when the UP1.5 Launcher ask you to change Lighting Detail to Low, or change Lighting Detail manually in the Video Settings.
B. If you don't need to use DirectX 9, simply disable it by UP1.5 Settings: Start the UP1.5 Launcher, click on the "Change UP1.5 Settings" button and uncheck option: "Enable DirectX 9".
This problem has been fixed with the newest version of DX8 to DirectX 9 Converter available in UP1.5 155011+, however might be still present if you additionally use the "Fix for graphics bugs (no fire/explosion) in DirectX 9". Click here to learn how to update your game.


Playbacks problem: the recorded game is incorrect, buildings are missing or the game crashes during watching (1.5.6+)



This problem has been fixed in version 156002 (January 2017). Click to learn how to update your game.
//Outdated information:
This is Unofficial Patch 1.5.6+ caused by the new option: "DISABLE Crowns System and Leaders". This problem won't be present if you don't use the mentioned option.
The recorded playback file (.e2s) doesn't contain the information about the state of "Disable Crowns System" option, so in the playback file crowns are enabled by default. It causes a bug where game hangs or crashes when you're watching recording. Unfortunately, it's impossible to create any online playback-converter which would fix this problem, because EE2 verifies validation of the playback file in some strange way. If you like to watch the games you play you should not use this option in the future.
You can bypass this bug, by modifying a fixed address in EE2 process memory, but it's complicated:
1. Download and start program HXD as Administrator: https://mh-nexus.de/en/downloads.php?product=HxD
2. In EE2 or EE2: AOS Load the playback file you want to watch, pause it and minimize the game.
3. In the HXD window click on the: "Extras" -> "Open RAM...". Find "EE2.exe" or "EE2X.exe" on the list. There should be 2x EE2.exe or EE2X.exe processess. One of them is the Launcher process, so you need to select the right one (select a different process if you fail for the first time).
4. In the window which appear you will see a hex view of the game process. Click: CTRL + G, and paste HEX Offset (copy the bold part):
00FA6206 - for Empire Earth II (EE2.exe):
02151203 - for Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy (EE2X.exe):
5. Type "01" (without quotes) using your keyboard, to overwrite "00" at that position. 6. Click CTRL + S and "YES" when you see the "Save anyway?" warning. 7. Done! Your playback should work fine with disabled crowns system. You have to repeat these steps EVERY time you load a playback file where crowns system was disabled.


Graphics bug: large, dark shadows are visible during the day time when the Dynamic Time of Day option is active



This problem has been fixed in version 156004 (January 2017).
Click to learn how to update your game.

//Old information:
This problem is caused by the new option: Dynamic Time of Day available in Unofficial Patch 1.5.6.003 (January 2017).
The bug appears when you enter Settings during the active game and accept changes. The game then re-calculates and shows new shadows depending on the current time of day, but when the time of day changes by the Dynamic Time of Day feature - you will see two shadows: from the ex-time of day and from the current time of day. The bug is problematic especially when you enter game settings during the night time.
To fix this problem:
- Enter the Game Settings (ESC + G hotkey) during the next time of day and click on the "Accept" button (you don't need to make any changes to make it work).
- It's good to enter the Game Settings again during Afternoon, to minimize shadows visible in next times of day.
- If this problem is irritating you - simply don't use the Dynamic Time of Day option, and always use the fixed time of day (as it was orginally in EE2).
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