As reported back in April, GameSpy said that it would begin shutting down its master servers for multiplayer games on May 31. Parent company Glu Mobile revealed that it has around 800 developers and publishers who use the GameSpy service. Some of the more recent titles affected by the closure include Dungeon Defenders on all platforms, Gotham City Impostors and Red Dead Redemption.
Electronic Arts gave an update of its own, saying that its teams have been working to evaluate the options to keep multiplayer services up and running. The bad news is that EA does not have a solution at this time. The good news is that the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June. That's an extra month of play, right?
"We know some of these games are still fan favorites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games," the company writes in an update. "We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer. Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we don't have anything to announce."
A list of games set to be taken offline due to GameSpy shutting down can be found here. These include Bulletstorm for the PS3, Crysis and Crysis 2 for the PC, a number of FIFA Soccer titles for the Nintendo DS, Neverwinter Nights 2 for the PC and Mac, Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC, and a huge number of others.
"The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy," the company writes. "The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired."
The company points out that games get replaced by newer versions, and the number of gamers playing on the older titles begins to dwindle anyway. Eventually, it becomes a matter of expense; there's no sense in shelling out money for maintaining games that really aren't played any longer.
Gamespy was the service that hosted thousands of titles for multiple studios/publishers - not just EA.
Examples of such popular games would include Battlefield 2 and Battlefront 2, which you can no longer play until some other service decides to pick them up.
Quit making junk ware EA!
Quit making junk ware EA!
Yes, these games are old, but that helps in keeping them alive.
Since there isn't really that many people playing these games(last time I was on MOHAA there was only like 20 people there lol), why not just take the server, virtualize it, and have it live on a server that is doing other things.
I know the awesome gameplay of Crysis Wars was replaced probably to prevent competition with Battlefield series, but there could have been other solutions to that.
Games like Unreal Tournament III and Counterstrike are good examples. Both are great games and still fun to play with online players even tho the publisher no longer maintains it. Over the years they came up with some interesting mods and boards that just keeps me want to play it even more.