2K removes multiplayer from older games using Gamespy

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If you’re wondering what’s going to happen to the games that still use Gamespy servers for online multiplayer and will have their servers shut down, 2K’s recent announcement might clear that up for you. The game publisher recently announced that a large swathe of its games that previously used Gamespy servers for online multiplayer and matchmaking will be shutting down their multiplayer components. Some of 2K’s most popular games will, however, transition to using Steamworks. For the rest, the future isn’t so rosy. Hit the jump for more info.

2K Games says that the titles that will be ported over to Steam are from the Borderlands and Civilisation series, both of which see a lot of online play. Valve’s Steamworks will be powering online features such as matchmaking and VOIP and the transition shouldn’t affect offline play. The switch-over will take place on 31 May 2014 and will take a number of days to complete (presumably all of the important preparation and legwork has already been done). The games which will transition to use Steamworks are:

  • Borderlands (PC)
  • Civilisation III
  • Civilisation III: Conquests
  • Civilisation III: Play the World
  • Civilisation IV
  • Civilisation IV: Beyond the Sword
  • Civilisation IV: Colonization
  • Civilisation IV: Warlords

Its not clear at this point what will happen to gamers who own standalone versions of these games. As an example, I currently own Borderlands GOTY, but I have no indication if I’m allowed to switch the game over to my Steam account and, by doing so, whether this will apply to the DLC that I struggled to get codes for owing to a massive error on Megarom’s part, which had GOTY editions shipped without DLC keys and no instructions on where to download them (to their credit, Megarom’s Jason Borea fixed this when I raised the issue with them).

Now for the bad news: most of 2K’s other games which don’t already have Steamworks integration won’t be carried over to the new service. Most of them are pretty old and don’t see much online play or didn’t have the infrastructure available to tie them in to a different service. If you play any of these, you’re SOL unless some kind souls at 2K release the software and code for the community to begin hosting their own servers. The following games which will be put offline are:

  • Close Combat First to Fight (PC / Mac)
  • Jetfighter (PC)
  • Jetfighter V: Homeland Protector (PC)
  • Leadfoot (PC)
  • Rune (PC)
  • Stronghold 2 (PC)
  • Stronghold Legends (PC)
  • Top Spin (PS2 / PC)
  • Top Spin 2 (PC / DS)
  • Vietcong (PC)
  • Vietcong Demo (PC)
  • Vietcong Fist Alpha (PC)
  • Vietcong 2 (PC)
  • Vietcong 2 Demo (PC)
  • MLB Fantasy All-Stars (DS)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (DS)
  • Major League Baseball 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars (DS)
  • NHL 2K10 (Wii)
  • NBA 2K10 (Wii)

Its worth pointing out that the three DS games listed above are also affected by recent decisions made by Nintendo to shut down their Wi-Fi Connection service on 20 May 2014. Still, the death of Gamespy is a big moment in gaming history and it will be interesting to see how other companies handle this. As recently as last year many game developers had to scramble to convert games which had been using Microsoft’s now-deprecated Games for Windows Live service, which caused panic for some and pain for gamers still using GFWL (myself included).

Source: 2K Games Support