Apparently this is a branch of WololoKingdoms DE, and both are different from the still updating UserPatch. The difference between UserPatch and WololoKingdoms was always that UserPatch only required you to have the CD version of AoE2, being the branch that was more or less independently developed since support on the conquerers expansion stopped, while WololoKingdoms required a license check, you needed to have HD or DE to play it, and it included new civs and mechanics. This new CommunityPatch branch seems to be an attempt to get as many DE features into a Voobly patch without getting sued for letting people pay for free, stepping away from the independently made balance changes and such UserPatch has had in some versions. You will still be missing a bunch of civs and such.
Oh, that’s not good. They should be shutting down the old versions in my opinion, in order to move people onto DE. My way of seeing it is it’s better to bring the old players to DE, rather than bringing a DE adaption to them.
DE has higher system requirements. What about players whose computers can’t run DE, and who can’t afford to upgrade? I don’t really approve of “shutting down old versions” of anything, to be honest. Access control is one of the least savoury aspects of DRM.
Even if that’s true, why is that a problem? Graphics quality is mostly subjective anyway, and nostalgia seems as good a reason as any to base one’s preferences on.
This mod can run on every PC and its free to use graphics are not that good as in DE since it is improved Aoc. Yeah l dissagre with shutting down old version. There is allready a lobby for DE mod rated games.
But Voobly as l said will support only win 10(maybe win 8) and 11 for 5 months so thay will lose a lot of players with awfull pc’s.
I think this is great, and especially for those who can’t afford, or don’t have the hardware to run AoE2 DE on steam. Voobly can make AoE2 on their platform almost identical to DE, but the one thing they don’t have and probably never will, is the network infrastructure that DE uses for their multiplayer. Dedicated Servers are far superior to Peer 2 Peer networking. No more “Waiting for Vote”, or having to put EU, or AUS/NZ tags on your lobby title. You can now play with players on the opposite side of the world and the response times are still near-instantaneous.
Then again, the DE patches for Voobly are completely free so they definitely got that going for them. I hope they keep moving forward on getting it closer and closer to identical so if/when the time comes that Microsoft pulls the plug on the dedicated servers, there is a place for everyone to go to, Voobly.