What’s going on with the unranked lobbies at the moment? There are so few games and so many players that its difficult to get a game. Lots of people are complaining that they set up their own lobbies but no-one ever joins, and I’m experiencing this too. It’s as if only a certain number of lobbies are available at any given time.
On aoe2.net, people have been discussing this issue in the chat there. Essentially, about 10-20% of lobbies show in the browser at any given time. Seems to be nothing to do with filters for the most part. Nothing to do with time of lobby hosted or any setting. I did however notice all of my lobbies are listed as western Europe, though Im sure some arent hosted in it. However hosting on the western europe server yields no luck for me or others that have tried.
it makes getting unranked games next to impossible, if you can just keep rehosting non stop all evening and still not have your lobby show in the browser at all.
Same problem for me and I and many others have had this problem for a week or so without any responses from the AoE team so don’t expect anything.
Even if you think you can only see West Europe, you still can only see like 1/4th of the actual lobbies. Most lobbies are hidden and can only be joined through invites, steam and aoe.net it’s completely broken and unplayable.
This has gone on since a few weeks : part of the lobbies just don’t show up in the unranked lobbies. It has proven to be incredibly frustrating to try and set up lobbies to play with friends or other random players, only to either wait for ages and noone comes, or for your friend to say that your lobby doesn’t show up.
What’s more is that all lobbies are picked up by aoe2.net, and you can join them from there. At the time of making this post, there were about 200 lobbies up (with only 16-17 visible in game), and half of those were filled with only one player (the host).
But not only that, but the few lobbies that do show up for some mysterious reason are filled near-instantly because a ton of players do want to play and are waiting for the few lobbies that show up to jump inside them.
So you’re either stuck to hoping the game mode you want to play shows up and hope for a spot, or play with your friends, who aren’t always connected/numerous enough for full lobby games.
I recently installed AoE 2 DE on Steam. Currently running the latest version. For some reason my public lobby is almost completely empty (the odd game pops up for a second). I can see matches in Spectator, so I know there should be a vibrant lobby. I can also join private matches if they’re hosted by a friend and I get a steam invite.
I tried running Aoe2.net launcher for AoE2 DE to see lobby games. Great I know there’s matches … but I get this error when I try to join: