With GameSpy's online services set to shut down on May 31, 2K Games has stepped forward and announced which of its online-enabled multiplayer games will survive the closure. Borderlands, Civilization III, and Civilization IV, and their respective expansions will all begin making the transition from GameSpy servers to Steamworks in the coming days, while several other games will see their multiplayer servers go down with the GameSpy ship.
The 2K Games blog (via Game Informer) stated that Borderlands, Civilization III, and Civliation IV would momentarily go offline on May 31 as their servers made the formal transition to their new home. Offline play will not be affected during this period.
Not every 2K Games title affected by the GameSpy shutdown will survive, unfortunately. The 2K Games support page states that the following games will no longer support multiplayer after May 31:
- 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)
The support page adds that additional games may lose multiplayer support, due to Nintendo's impending multiplayer service shutdown.
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2K Games has stated which of its games will survive the impending GameSpy shutdown.
Borderlands 1 on Steamworks? Awesome! Time to gather some friends. Never played 1 coop due to gamespy. Now, it's on!
The only way I ever managed to play with randoms was Tunngle and GameRanger. Hell, for my friends we had to use Hamachi or honest-to-god PPTP VPNs. I think I got GameSpy to connect me to another person once, and if I remember right one of us had to temporarily set their computer as the DMZ in their router.
Anyway, Steamworks is exactly what I was hoping Gearbox would transition to. I can't see the details (blog is down) but I really hope it's more than just switching servers. The entire system GameSpy used to connect was awful, whereas the Steamworks implementation in Borderlands 2 is one of the easiest I've ever used.
Nooooo, not Vietcong! :(
To be fair, it looks like what they're doing is transitioning every game they can to Steamworks. Vietcong (and the rest of those games) were never released on Steam, so there's no way they could be switched over to Steamworks.
It sucks, but it makes sense. Besides, between Tunngle and GameRanger it's not like these games will be completely lacking multiplayer (the PC ones at least).
I'm guessing this will only apply to the Steam versions of these games. I wonder if 2K is going to offer any sort of option for people with the Retail/non-Steam versions. Maybe a sale on the GOTY/Ultimate editions?