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    GameSpy Hosted servers, shutdown on May 31st

    http://www.poweredbygamespy.com/pricing/

    Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy.
    If you have any questions about how this impacts your favorite title please contact the game’s publisher for more information.Thanks for a great ride!
    - See more at: http://www.poweredbygamespy.com/pric....KIRhKrGF.dpuf

    Polygon is making rounds asking publishers about their GameSpy use:

    http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/3/5579...ng-matchmaking

    Titles from a wide variety of publishers, including 2K Games, Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Sega and Ubisoft, use GameSpy Technology for multiplayer services. An Activision representative told Polygon that the publisher's catalog will be unaffected by the shutdown. Epic has been "phasing out" GameSpy for its Unreal series of first-person shooters, said a spokesperson, adding, "We're spinning [up an in-house solution] next week and we don't foresee any impact."


    In a post on the Bohemia Interactive forums this week, studio head Marek Spanel said that the end of GameSpy Technology will affect matchmaking, CD key authentication and NAT traversal in games "from Arma: Resistance to Arma 3."
    Spanel added, "Other games (Take On Helicopters, Arma 2, Arma 2: Free, Arma, Arma: Cold War Assault) will have more limited multiplayer experience with loss of server browser, CD key [authentication] and NAT traversal systems. That said, direct IP connection to servers should work even after GameSpy services are no longer available."


    We've reached out to Glu Mobile and all the companies involved to find out what will happen to GameSpy-based games after May 31, and what the publishers' plans are for those titles. We'll update this article with any responses we receive.


    Update: "There are a few titles for which Capcom utilizes GameSpy's matchmaking services for online gameplay. We are evaluating migration solutions and will have more information in the near future," said a Capcom spokesperson in an email to Polygon.

    I know a lot of older games that no longer have GameSpy access have Lan/DirectIP options and can use Hamachi and GameRanger to still play online. To bad Glu would not just open source the code (assuming if possible and it did not contain other licensed code).

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    Oh crap!! My beloved Halo Combat Evolved online demo!!

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    Battlefield 2, Rome total War, still have many players, this is a dark day, dozens of communities crunched up.
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    But how will I be able to connect to Barrysworld TFC#4 Now?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrel View Post
    Oh crap!! My beloved Halo Combat Evolved online demo!!
    When I played through the campaign at the start of last year I had a peep online to see how its MP was holding up; still well over a hundred servers. For a game that is now over 10 years old, that's pretty darn good. It does lend more credence to a Steamworks supported re-release though. That doesn't help the other games affected by this unfortunate issue.
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    I foresee many updated, overpriced and underwhelming re-releases in Steam's future. Gamespy dead and GfWL on its last legs, somebody at Valve must have been busy with his voodoo dolls and is rubbing his hands right now.
    New! A Steam curator page focusing on Immersive Sims WIP
    Not exactly new! The Fall of Infinite Games 2014 - A handy release schedule for the dark season.
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    AvP Classic uses GameSpy, I think. Unless they finally got around to moving the MP to Steamworks sometime after the Steam release.
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    It is steam works actually.
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    Nice. I need to reinstall that.
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    Does/Did Crysis 2 use this?
    It is a technical difference, but's there none the less.

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    No, but Crysis, Crysis Wars and Warhead do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moraven View Post
    What does Bad Company 2 have anything to do with GameSpy?

    But Arma 2...... Oh crap. BIS promised to deliver solution for Arma 1 to work perfectly on x64 and then broke the promise. It doesn't have a good record of supporting old titles.

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    Arma 2: Arrowhead and Arma 3 use GameSpy and BIS said that they will be unaffected.

    This is going to affect multiplayer in our games that use Gamespy for matchmaking, cd keys authentification and NAT traversal from Arma: Resistance to Arma 3. We are planning to introduce an alternative solution using Steam to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead and Arma 3 users.

    Other games (Take On Helicopters, Arma 2, Arma 2: Free, Arma, Arma: Cold War Assault) will have more limited multiplayer experience with loss of server browser, cd key authentification and NAT traversal systems. That said, direct IP connection to servers should work even after Gamespy services are no longer available.
    Until BF3 I am pretty sure all Battlefields used GameSpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moraven View Post
    Arma 2: Arrowhead and Arma 3 use GameSpy and BIS said that they will be unaffected.
    Mine is Arma 2 main program. I am screwed. Not many of my friends bought Arma 2 which is very niched here. How can I have enough friends to connect to their IPs direct?

    Until BF3 I am pretty sure all Battlefields used GameSpy.[/QUOTE]

    I know that Battlefield 2 is. But on the other hand I am pretty sure EA runs its own master server for Bad Company 2, mine is Hong Kong version.

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    All of this makes me a tad nostalgic for the old Gamespy "Let's get on with the killing" launch noise. We had some good times with Action Quake 2, ol' bud.

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    Origin twitter noted that they are looking to transition older Battlefield titles off of GameSpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moraven View Post
    Origin twitter noted that they are looking to transition older Battlefield titles off of GameSpy.
    That says EA would talk this chance to bring all Battlefield titles under the evil umbrella of Origin? Oh crap.

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    Not necessarily, but would you rather they all fall under Origin and be playable or not and face the potential of losing all but the die-hard communities, with no room for growth and future interest?
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    2K is tranisitioning some games to Steamworks

    http://support.2k.com/hc/en-us/artic...Spy-Technology




    • Borderlands®;
    • Civilization® III;
    • Civilization® III: Conquests;
    • Civilization® III: Play the World;
    • Civilization® IV;
    • Civilization® IV: Beyond the Sword;
    • Civilization® IV: Colonization;
    • Civilization® IV: Warlords.

    2K titles losing online service as of May 31, 2014

    • 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)

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