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Sierra shuts down servers for 21 games

Sierra shuts down servers for 21 games

It's time to say goodbye to the servers for some of Sierra's most classic games. We'll miss you, AVP2.

In a move that has probably come about as a side effect of the Vivendi Activision merger with Blizzard, Sierra is shutting down servers for 21 of its most classic computer games, many of which can easily be considered all-time classics.

What exactly is going to happen to Sierra has long been an issue for Activision Blizzard and already several in-development games coming from the publisher have been cancelled. In fact, the last we heard, several attached development studios were being assessed for sale or closure, including Massive Entertainment of World in Conflict fame.

Come the start of November, the official servers for all the games listed below will be shut down.

1. Alien vs Predator 2
2. Arcanum
3. Caesar IV
4. Dark Reign 2
5. Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom
6. Empire Earth
7. Empire Earth 2
8. Empire Earth: Age of Conquest
9. Ground Control
10. Ground Control 2
11. Homeworld
12. Homeworld: Cataclysm
13. Nolf 2
14. Red Baron
15. Sanity
16. Star Trek: Armada
17. SWAT3: EE
18. SWAT3: GOTY
19. The Incredible Machine
20. Tribes 2
21. Vampire


Of course, the loss of some of those games will pass most by without effect - but AVP2's sudden departure is enough to leave a big, facehugger-shaped hole in the hearts of many LAN gamers. Sniff.

Which was your favourite Sierra game of all time, not counting Half-Life obviously? Let us know your thoughts and nostalgia in the forums.

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specofdust 9th October 2008, 14:47 Quote
Noooes! Not Homeworld. That is lame. Very very lame.

Makes me wanna play it again :(
kenco_uk 9th October 2008, 14:49 Quote
Bring on another Homeworld already, sheesh.
Bauul 9th October 2008, 14:50 Quote
Hang on, they're shutting down their own hosted servers? How does this affect Lan gamers? I'm confuzzled.
Mentai 9th October 2008, 14:52 Quote
Nolf 2 was awesome. It's a franchise I hope a company returns to one day.
Goty 9th October 2008, 14:57 Quote
This will dent the player base for a while, but if this is anything like when they shut down the master server for Tribes, chances are that someone out there will set up a new one just so those few thousand people still playing the game can keep doing so.
p3n 9th October 2008, 15:00 Quote
Why would interweb servers effect LAN gamers?
proxess 9th October 2008, 15:00 Quote
Emporor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom <3 loved that game, tho never really played online.
DarkLord7854 9th October 2008, 15:02 Quote
Are you kidding me? AvP2 again? Ugh.. -.-
Zurechial 9th October 2008, 15:12 Quote
I don't recall Arcanum having an online component, am I wrong there?

Nobody plays Vampire on the Sierra servers any more, those few people still playing use virtual LANs via Hamachi.. and I'd imagine that'll be common practice for many older games like these.
C-Sniper 9th October 2008, 15:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
I don't recall Arcanum having an online component, am I wrong there?

Nobody plays Vampire on the Sierra servers any more, those few people still playing use virtual LANs via Hamachi.. and I'd imagine that'll be common practice for many older games like these.

I always thought Arcanum was Single Player as well... great game though
ZERO <ibis> 9th October 2008, 16:04 Quote
I do not see how it would effect lan games, especially on games as old as that. This being said, I think internet play is still possible but will now be limited to vpns.
Jojii 9th October 2008, 16:17 Quote
sierra didnt transition well into these last couple years
knyghtryda 9th October 2008, 16:27 Quote
any want to dust off their old copy of homeworld and get a hamachi lan going? I haven't played that game in years. I just reinstalled starcraft and am realizing just how rusty I am at it...
theevilelephant 9th October 2008, 16:42 Quote
I will miss Tribes 2, loved that game, still fire it up now and then to have a play.
Cadillac Ferd 9th October 2008, 17:10 Quote
Wow.
Homeworld aaaaaaand Tribes?
Talk about a one-two punch in the balls.

It's a shame to Sierra die off with not even so much as a whimper, when you look back on all the great games they had a part in over the years it makes me pretty sad to see them go.
DarkLord7854 9th October 2008, 17:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cadillac Ferd
Wow.
Homeworld aaaaaaand Tribes?
Talk about a one-two punch in the balls.

It's a shame to Sierra die off with not even so much as a whimper, when you look back on all the great games they had a part in over the years it makes me pretty sad to see them go.

They haven't tried continuing their IPs.. AvP, Homeworld, etc.. all were great games and sold well.. but they never continued them further.. I would still love to see an AvP3
Rich Hall 9th October 2008, 17:42 Quote
I'm really not bothered about T2 finally dying a slow death, it was an awful game compared to the original.

AVP2 though? sadface.
pendragon 9th October 2008, 17:50 Quote
that's a shame.. i know tribes 2 was really popular with some of my friends :-/
Aterius Gmork 9th October 2008, 19:08 Quote
Nooo, how do I play Empire Earth now?
Brooxy 9th October 2008, 19:16 Quote
Ground Control? Awwwwww I loved that game.

Oh well, still got Starcraft - and Starcraft 2 :)
ToMMo 9th October 2008, 20:00 Quote
Tribes 2 was freaking awesome at LANs, awww I want to play it again now.
E.E.L. Ambiense 9th October 2008, 20:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
I would still love to see an AvP3

QFT.
HourBeforeDawn 9th October 2008, 20:47 Quote
ahhh Tribes 2 bummer.
Omnituens 9th October 2008, 21:12 Quote
Quote:
AVP2's sudden departure is enough to leave a big, facehugger-shaped hole in the hearts of many LAN gamers. Sniff
I don't see how LAN games are infulenced by this... unless I'm missing something?
LordPyrinc 10th October 2008, 02:06 Quote
Imagine what will happen when EA decides to shut down their authentication servers for those games that you have to authenticate online? We all probably have a 5+ year old game that we still like to fire up from time to time. No server to authenticate to, no install. No wonder people pirate DRM games.
DarkLord7854 10th October 2008, 04:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by LordPyrinc
Imagine what will happen when EA decides to shut down their authentication servers for those games that you have to authenticate online? We all probably have a 5+ year old game that we still like to fire up from time to time. No server to authenticate to, no install. No wonder people pirate DRM games.

I believe they've said they'd make patches available to remove the activation if they were to take down the servers
Spaceraver 10th October 2008, 04:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
I believe they've said they'd make patches available to remove the activation if they were to take down the servers
I sure hope so.
By the way, what was that sierra game where you played a detective solving a case. I miss that game.
Amon 10th October 2008, 05:10 Quote
Oh wow this blows. I actually own almost that entire list of games; now that I think of it, Sierra composes half of my games... I wasn't online much, but they're obviously not giving a second look.
Joosh 10th October 2008, 05:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spaceraver

By the way, what was that sierra game where you played a detective solving a case. I miss that game.

The one where you play as a woman? And everything is 70's flower-style and whacked out?

No one lives forever, although I only played the second one. Good fun though, if it's what your thinking of.

Joosh
Azmat 10th October 2008, 07:21 Quote
Tribes 2 was still being played =( Not that overly many, but getting a 40-person server full still happened frequently. But oh-well, a master-server work-around will be in the works :D
Xtrafresh 10th October 2008, 07:52 Quote
teh noes, not homeworld! :(

I think i just died a bit inside.
Xir 10th October 2008, 08:32 Quote
Loved Ground Control, graphics scaled very well with newer computers ;-)
Couldn't get the hang of Ground Control 2 though.
Silver51 10th October 2008, 09:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Joosh
... No one lives forever, although I only played the second one. Good fun though, if it's what your thinking of....

The first NOLF game is still worth picking up. For eight year old software, the Lithtech engine holds up pretty well.

OT, were people still playing half of these games online anymore, anyway?
CardJoe 10th October 2008, 10:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silver51
The first NOLF game is still worth picking up.

QFT
r4tch3t 12th October 2008, 04:41 Quote
Homeworld?! noes, was just trying to dual boot XP to get that running again.
rhuitron 12th October 2008, 07:05 Quote
I miss Tribes!!!

****ing loved the Rabbit chases!
Master_Dick Pwned you all!
tk421 13th October 2008, 13:20 Quote
i would whine and cry about T2 going down, but honestly, i havent played it in probably 4 years.

I did spend most every waking hour playing it for the first couple of years it was out though ... but between the horrible 3rd game and the release of BF it really died some time in 2004.
knuck 13th October 2008, 15:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
They haven't tried continuing their IPs.. AvP, Homeworld, etc.. all were great games and sold well.. but they never continued them further.. I would still love to see an AvP3

a new AvP with today's technology would be too dangerous heart attack wise
DarkLord7854 13th October 2008, 16:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ghys
a new AvP with today's technology would be too dangerous heart attack wise

If they made along the lines of AvP2, yes, and it'd be glorious.

Hardcore on AvP2 still gives me a few frights.

Now imagine if they did make AvP3, and including scripted events with xenos popping up here and there, they added a random factor of having a group (or one) xeno bursting out of the ceiling, wall, or floor at you.

Having your motion sensor detect random movements, etc.. Man, I really wish I knew why they decided to abandon the franchise (and hope AvP3 still comes out sometime..)
knuck 13th October 2008, 17:36 Quote
I don't understand why they didn't release another one when they could have used the marketing of the two AVP films to sell their game.
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