Older 2K games, those on PC anyways, will find themselves a new home prior to the GameSpy server shutdown next month. 2K games including Borderlands, Civilization 3, Civilization 4 and their corresponding expansions will soon call Steamworks home.
When the GameSpy server shutdown happens at the end of next month, 2K will begin the process of transitioning the above mentioned titles to Steamworks. The transition will be a bit rocky as games can expect “interruption of several features, including online play, matchmaking and voiceover Internet protocol (VOIP).”
Offline play will not be affected by the transition.
What about the PS3 version of Borderlands? So far, no news. 2K is looking into transitioning the PS3 version of Borderlands as well as the PS3 version of Civilization Revolution. Once May 31 comes and goes, online play will not be available for these titles. I suggest if you want to play these two titles online, you better get it done quick.
2K isn’t the only one impacted by the server shutdown. The Crysis franchise will be affected. The PC multiplayer modes on Crysis 1 and 2 will shutdown later next month. Crysis 2’s multiplayer on Xbox 360 and PS3 will be unaffected by the shutdown.
EA is looking to transition its older Battlefield titles to keep the multiplayer modes up. Three Battlefield titles are planned for server transition. Battlefield 2, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 2142.
If you’re interested in playing any of the games above online, I would go ahead and get your fill in. You never know what kind of obstacles these companies will run into over the next month.