The multiplayer functions of the games will still work but server browsing will no longer be available nor additional community features like Tribes 2's clan support. Online multiplayer in games will still be playable but players will have to use direct IP connections to servers or use third-party server browsing software.
No reason was given by Sierra for taking down the servers. Local multiplayer will be unaffected in any of the 21 titles being taken offline. The list, reproduced in full, is as follows:
- Alien vs Predator 2
- Caesar IV
- Dark Reign 2
- Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom
- Empire Earth
- Empire Earth 2
- Empire Earth: Age of Conquest
- Ground Control
- Ground Control 2
- Homeworld: Cataclysm
- No One Lives Forever 2
- Red Baron
- Star Trek: Armada
- SWAT3: EE
- SWAT3: GOTY
- The Incredible Machine
- Tribes 2
Ok, now send all of these games on over to gog.com
And release to code / tools to allow the community to run their own master servers.
This is why companies like id who release the code for their older products rock.
Like an umbrella in a shitstorm, motherfucking signed.