Gamespy

Back in 2000 IGN acquired the Gamespy network and added it in to its portfolio of stuff that they own and spent money on. For over a decade Gamespy provided a valuable and necessary service to game developers who needed a multiplayer matchmaking and hosting service on the internet and for much of my gaming life I’ve seen this logo on game boxes and in game installations that use Gamespy. But back in February 2014 IGN’s Ziff Davis announced that many of IGN’s secondary sites will be closing down, including the Gamespy network, on 31 May 2014, as a result of the service’s acquisition by game developer Glu.

Earlier today I reported that 2K Games was looking into migrating their more popular games to Steam to avoid the service disruption. Thanks to the power of the internet, Reddit users have also completed a list of titles that are going to be affected by the Gamespy shutdown. Hit the jump for more info.

The only other mention that we’ve made about the Gamespy shutdown has been a few lines in Chris Kemp’s TWIG article on 12 April. What’s transpired is that although many games do still use Gamespy and some see multiplayer action every now and then, the new owners of the network don’t want the legacy baggage of over 800 game publishers who’ve previously used Gamespy before. So they’ve all been driven out by Glu in order to make their purchase of Gamespy more profitable and most publishers and developers are panicking as the deadline for the shutdown date looms closer.

For those of you who’ve put two and two together because of the close proximity of the announcements, Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection service that was available on the DS and Wii was almost entirely powered by Gamespy. Most older games on that platform will be losing their multiplayer capabilities as well. This isn’t entirely a sudden development either – Glu has been warning existing Gamespy clients about this for two years.

In response to the shutdown, a similar service hosted by a company called Game Ranger has announced that many of the games that will be affected by the Gamespy shutdown will still be playable online using their servers instead.

Electronic Arts has confirmed that they’re working on a solution for their games, but this will only be in place after the shutdown, not before. Bohemia Interactive has said that their games will still work when directly connecting to servers using IP addresses, but the server lists won’t be functional.

Below is a (by no means comprehensive) list of games that still use Gamespy servers for online play that will have their multiplayer component affected on 31 May.  Pretty much any game that ever used Gamespy for multiplayer will be affected.

  • Arma + Arma: Cold War Assault
  • Arma 2 + all of Arma 2’s expansions
  • Arma 2: Free
  • Arma 3
  • Aliens vs Predator 2
  • Battlefield 1942
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield Vietnam
  • Borderlands (PC, non-Steam)
  • Dungeon Defenders (PS3 and non-Steam versions)
  • Call of Juarez
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
  • Company of Heroes + all expansions
  • Crysis
  • Crysis Warhead + Wars
  • Crysis 2
  • Far Cry
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Postal 2
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Saints Row 2
  • Shogun Total War
  • Star Wars Battlefront 
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • Star Wars Republic Commando
  • Stronghold 2
  • Stronghold Legends 
  • SWAT 4
  • Take On Helicopters
  • Titan Quest
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
  • Tom Clancy’s HAWX
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Tribes
  • Tribes 2
  • Two Worlds
  • Two Worlds 2
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Unreal Gold
  • Unreal 2
  • Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War
  • Warhammer 40K: Dark Crusade
  • Warhammer 40K: Soulstorm
  • Warhammer 40K: Winter Assault

Sources: Reddit, IGN, Polygon, Reddit, Hexus, Powered by Gamespy