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EA To Shut Down Online Gamespy Games

May 12 2014, 3:42pm CDT | by , in News

EA To Shut Down Online Gamespy Games
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Up To 50 Titles Will Be Affected

EA announced that dozens of online games will be going offline due to Gamespy's shut down. GameSpy online matchmaking service announced they will not longer operate after May 31.  This will affect over 1000 games across the board -- 50 of those games going offline are on the EA platform.  This includes some of the bigger known titles such as Battlefield series.

Origin was contacted about the fate of online shooters Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the Origin Twitter account replied with, "We're working on transitioning those games after the shut down so you'll still be able to play them."

Origin responded with a post online that they currently have no solution to the problem.  They stated they are currently working on a resolution and will update users -- but for now they will have to endure downtime on games over the summer.

"Since GameSpy’s announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running.  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," said EA's online posting.

"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."

Most of the games affected by the shutdown still can be played in offline mode.  Most of the content has a single player mode that users can log into during the downtime.  Game platforms such as Battlefield will be the most affected since they offer little or no single player content.  EA posted a list of all the game titles that will be affected once the shut down occurs later this month.

 

Other gaming companies such as Ubisoft and 2K have not released any statements on what their plans are to go forward with the Gamespy shut down.

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