Gamespy’s multiplayer servers will be switched off at the end of next month, the company has confirmed, a move that will affect the online portion of a number of games.
The shutdown will take place on 31st May and remove the last part of the once-expansive Gamespy network, parts of which have been online since 1996.
The full list of titles powered by GameSpy servers runs into the hundreds. It’s now out of date – many have already been moved to new hosting in preparation for Gamespy’s shutdown – but it stands as testament to the wide-range of games the company once served.
Gamespy servers were used in everything from indie titles such as As Yet it Moves to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Rockstar blockbuster Red Dead Redemption.
Nintendo used the service to power the online portions of key first-party Wii titles such as Mario Kart Wii and Animal Crossing: City Folk, and DS games like Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. This, it appears, is the real reason behind the company’s decision back in February toterminate all Wii and DS online severs on 20th May.
Bohemia Interactve has warned that its Arma series will also be affected. Gamespy is used for matchmaking, CD key authentication and NAT traversal, which will now be patched into Arma: 3 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead via Steam. Older games will not be patched but should still be playable online with a “limited multiplayer experience”.
But others are already ready for the change. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition developer Iron Galaxy wrote on Twitter that the game “no longer uses Gamespy on the PS3 version, so it’s not a concern for 3SO online play”.
“Effective January 1st 2013, Gamespy has ceased to make its software available for licensing,” a new statement from Gamespy explains.
“Effective May 31st 2014, Gamespy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using Gamespy. If you have any questions about how this impacts your favourite title please contact the game’s publisher for more information. Thanks for a great ride!”