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GameSpy closure knocks EA classics offline

GameSpy closure knocks EA classics offline

EA has warned that the closure of multiplayer gaming platform GameSpy means that a chunk of its classic titles, including entries in the Battlefield and Command & Conquer franchises, are to be knocked offline.

Electronic Arts has provided a full list of its games that are going to be knocked offline when GameSpy's servers are finally shut off at the end of June - and it leaves some classic titles in the lurch.

GameSpy, a specialist multiplayer server provider, announced that it was closing down earlier this month following its decision to cease licensing its software to developers at the start of last year. The reasonably lengthy notice period has given developers the opportunity to seek new providers for future titles, but leaves previously-published GameSpy-powered games hanging - and EA has confirmed that it has found no solution to the problem.

'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,' the company has confirmed in a statement. 'Online services for EA games on the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June.'

The list of GameSpy-enabled games is long, and while you won't find any of EA's latest titles many are still popular. 'We know some of these games are still fan favourites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor [sic]: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games. We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer,' EA has claimed. 'Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we don’t have anything to announce.'

For now, then, it appears that a not-inconsiderable chunk of EA's back catalogue is to permanently and irrevocably lose multiplayer capability. A full list of games due to have their online components disabled - both those the direct result of the GameSpy closure and those shut down previously for other reasons - can be found on EA's official website.

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Cthippo 12th May 2014, 10:18 Quote
Clearly their solution to concerns about the player experience is for people to buy new games.
Corky42 12th May 2014, 10:45 Quote
If EA was so concerned couldn't they just setup their own GameSpy servers ?
Spraduke 12th May 2014, 11:21 Quote
I'm slightly confused, for MOHAA at least Gamespy was only used for the in-game server browser (which was awful!) most people used all seeing eye or equivalent when it was most popular (don't know about now). The actual game servers are all dedicated boxes hosted by individuals (i.e. clans).

Unless Gamespy servers are required to authenticate these dedicated servers in some fashion I don't see the problem apart from failure of the in game browser.
Chris_Waddle 12th May 2014, 13:07 Quote
I'm pretty sure that GameSpy stored all of your login details for the multiplayer versions.

I know with BF2 that if you needed to change your email / password you could log onto gamespy and make the changes there, even if you set your player up in game.

I hope that EA do enable us to play multiplayer again as I do still enjoy the odd game of BF2. They proably want them to die so that we forget what is was like when Dice could make decent BF games.
SMIFFYDUDE 12th May 2014, 17:20 Quote
I hate Gamespy with a passion, to me this is nothing but good news.
Pookie 13th May 2014, 11:09 Quote
Great! I still play BF2 Vietnam. Still an awesome game with lot's of players.
oscy 14th May 2014, 10:17 Quote
Dang, I played Battlefield 2 quite a bit last year. But it's not like it's the only large multiplayer war game out there I suppose, and I have a couple hundred other games to play. There's always Star Wars Battlefront 1 offline.
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