EA will not restore multiplayer for 50 games on 30 June

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The global shutdown for Gamespy services is affecting a lot of games including a bunch of really recent ones that still see quite a bit of online multiplayer action. Gamespy powered online gaming for over a decade and the mere idea of no longer seeing the “Powered by Gamespy” logo on the box or the installer when loading the game is pretty weird. Still, that also means that a large chunk of online gaming comes to a halt on 30 June 2014 and many publishers and game developers have been scrambling to get their alternatives up and running before the deadline hits.

Electronic Arts previously announced that it would be looking into porting over some or all of the Battlefield series onto other Origin-based solutions and would evaluate the status of other games currently using Gapespy. With time running out, EA has elected to keep the most-played Battlefield games and discard the rest of the 50 titles affected by the Gamespy shutdown.

According to EA’s blog for Service Updates for their games, a record 50 titles will see their multiplayer shut off completely on 30 June. EA’s reasoning is that putting the manpower to create options for the community to host their own servers before the shutdown isn’t on their agenda and they would rather put those resources into supporting more modern titles and the current-generation of consoles. However, some games could be under consideration for community-hosted servers in the future.

“Since GameSpy’s announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running,” the company wrote in their blog post. “Unfortunately, due to technical challenges and concerns about the player experience, we do not have a solution at this time. Online services for EA games on the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June.”

“We know some of these games are still fan favorites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games. 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.”

Below follows a lot of games that will be affected by the shutdown. Note that the community options that EA is promising to investigate would only be available after the shutdown, so these games will all be unplayable until such a time as EA decides it’s a good idea to do something to fix it. However, an Australian-based company by the name of GameRanger is offering alternative multiplayer options for PC gamers and games affected by Gamespy, so some of these titles may continue to be playable on GameRanger’s hosted solutions.

  • Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac (including The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WW2 expansions)
  • Battlefield 2 for PC (including Special Forces expansion)
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for PlayStation 2
  • Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion)
  • Battlefield Vietnam for PC
  • Bejeweled (r) 2 for the Wii
  • Bulletstorm for PlayStation 3
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for PC and Mac (including Kane’s Wrath expansion)
  • Command & Conquer: Generals for PC and Mac (including Zero Hour expansion)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for PC and Mac
  • Crysis 2 for PC
  • Crysis for PC
  • Crysis Wars for PC
  • Dracula – Undead Awakening for the Wii
  • Dragon Sakura for Nintendo DS
  • EA Sports 06 for PC
  • F1 2002 for PC
  • FIFA Soccer 08 (KOR) for the Wii
  • FIFA Soccer 08 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Soccer 09 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Soccer 10 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Street 3 for Nintendo DS
  • Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers for PlayStation 2
  • Global Operations for PC
  • GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND for the Wii
  • James Bond: Nightfire for PC
  • Madden NFL 08 for Nintendo DS
  • Madden NFL 09 for Nintendo DS
  • Master of Orion III for PC
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault for PC and Mac (including Breakthrough and Spearhead expansions)
  • MySims Party for Wii
  • MySims Racing for Nintendo DS
  • MySims SkyHeroes for the Wii and DS
  • NASCAR Sim Racing for PC
  • NASCAR Thunder 2003 for PC
  • NASCAR Thunder 2004 for PC
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC
  • Need for Speed: ProStreet for Nintendo DS
  • Need for Speed: Undercover for Nintendo DS
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC and Mac
  • Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux (including Hordes of the Underdark and Shadows of Undrentide expansions)
  • SimCity Creator for Wii
  • Skate It for Nintendo DS
  • Sneezies for the Wii
  • Spore Creatures for Nintendo DS
  • Spore Hero Arena for Nintendo DS
  • Star Wars: Battlefront for PC and PlayStation 2
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II for PC and PlayStation 2
  • THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND for the Wii
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Nintendo DS

Source: Electronic Arts, NAG Online