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Monday, October 15, 2001
AoE 2 Networking Info
10:34 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

It has been known for some time that Peter Tamte's company Destineer would be bringing Age of Empires 2 to the Mac via their Bold label. What was unclear for some time was the exact nature of the game's networking API. The Microsoft title uses the dreaded Windows-only DirectPlay standard for the PC version, a situation which has shut Mac gamers out of cross-platform netplay in numerous titles in the past. It was hoped that Tamte's close ties to MS could allow that company find a way around this closed standard which has blocked many a Mac-PC connection in the past.

Unfortunately it looks like Mac gamers will only be playing other Mac users with Age of Empires 2. A forum post from active community member Rocco "rogue" Carello reflects a recent email exchange with Bold about the topic. It looks as if the popular GameRanger service will be the only way to find AoE2 games online:

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer support for cross-platform, multiplayer gaming. However, players can log onto www.GameRanger.com to compete in multiplayer scenarios with other Mac users on the Internet. LAN multiplayer gaming is supported between Macs using TCP/IP.
While this may be somewhat disappointing, it is still important to remember that Age of Empires 2 will come with a huge single-player scenario as well as the extra levels included with the expansion pack. And we're sure the popularity of the game will ensure many GameRanger opponents will be available. For more information on the game, check out Bold's web site. Their store also has the title available for pre-order as well.

Bold Games Web Site
Age of Empires 2 Forum Thread
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