Ensemble Studios has announced that GameSpy will host matchmaking services for the "Legacy" Age of Empires titles. This includes Age of Empires, Age of Empires: Rise of Rome, Age of Empires II: Age of Kings, and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. The new host will attempt to fill the void that will be created from the soon to be retired MSN Zone.
Players can enjoy the core matchmaking services from GameSpy free of cost, and premium services will be available too. Gamers can use GameSpy to access a wide range of features including player created ladder, friends lists and easy to download patches. Users can download the GameSpy Arcade software directly at GameSpy Arcade. The service will be available after the June 19th closing of the Zone, and only affects legacy titles and does not affect Age of Mythology or Age of Empires III.
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