Borderlands PS3 going offline next month

As a result of GameSpy's closure, PlayStation 3 versions of original Borderlands and Civilization Revolution will no longer be playable online come May 31.

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2K Games announced today in a post on its Support site that as a result of the GameSpy Technology closure, it will transition some legacy games to Valve's Steamworks and end support altogether for others.

First, the games that are going offline for good come May 31:

  • Borderlands (PS3)*
  • Civilization Revolution (PS3)*
  • 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)

*2K says it is currently looking into the "technical feasibility" of transitioning Borderlands (PS3) and Civilization Revolution (PS3) to another network. But that's all we know right now. Of course, you'll still be able to play all of these games offline.

Also on May 31, the original Borderlands (PC) and various Civilization games will temporarily go offline while 2K completes a server transition from GameSpy Technology to Steamworks. During this time, players will experience interruption of online play, matchmaking, and VOIP. Offline play is unaffected.

Below is a list of 2K games that will be transitioned to Steamworks starting May 31.

  • Borderlands (PC)
  • Civilization III
  • Civilization III: Conquests
  • Civilization III: Play the World
  • Civilization IV
  • Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
  • Civilization IV: Colonization
  • Civilization IV: Warlords

"We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause," 2K said in a statement.

2K is not the only publisher facing issues from the impending closure of GameSpy. Crytek announced last week that the PC versions of Crysis and Crysis 2 are going offline on May 31. Electronic Arts is also affected, and has pledged to find other means to keep old Battlefield games alive after May 31.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

196 comments
zillaman101
zillaman101

That's alright about borderlands. I'm happy with Borderlands 2 and the upcoming "Pre Sequel"

naomha1
naomha1

I think I'm more surprised that Vietcong and V2 were actually still online. That just blew my mind. Those are some old games right there.

Psycold
Psycold

and PC gaming wins again

purple0
purple0

Hopefully they fix civ rev

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

Borderlands went on sale for both the PC & PS3 close to one another.  I am lucky I got mine for the PC...  ( $1.99 -Nothing beats steam deals) 

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Lame.  These games should have like a final patch that unlocks like an "enter server address" field for multiplayer matchmaking so that even if it was a hassle and required you to goto a fan site to or use a PC program, you could continue playing these games online past the point of the developer no longer wanting to support them.

themc_7
themc_7

I'm not really sure what Gamespy has to do with online gaming. "

As a result of GameSpy's closure, PlayStation 3 versions of original Borderlands and Civilization Revolution will no longer be playable online " Why would a video game news website, control this?

jumpchump
jumpchump

The possibility of servers shutting down after X amount of years is why games should never be "always online". The fact that Titanfall is useless without the internet is one reason of many that it should not be rated anywhere near a 9.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

It's so funny how we slam Xbox, but if I wanted I can still play Forza 2 and Perfect Dark online on my 360. Games that were released over right years ago.

steelmouth
steelmouth

So why is the Xbox games not affected

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Servers may die, but Singleplayer lives forever.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Sony should:

1) Set automatically all the online trophies as obtained in these cases. It's frustrating to lose this trophy because of server shutdowns.

2) Avoid to make online trophies mandatory in order to get a plat.

Of course, I'm just dreaming...

virtualskill
virtualskill

All servers die. Another reason NOT to allow Microsoft to make even Single Player games "Cloud Computed". Someday those servers will turn off. I still go back to games all the time (Chrono Cross just yesterday!).

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Surely no one thinks any service will last indefinitely. As long as I have to be online anyway, I'd rather be on Steam or PSN (or XBL if I used XB) than anywhere else, but I am glad that Ubi and EA have their own services for their own games. Since none of my friends play Civ, I am just gonna assume Civ 3 and 4 are single player games.

Wait, why does the PS3 version of BL also use GameSpy? Is PSN not an online matchmaking service?

allever
allever

LOL, for those that bought Titanfall.. All good things WILL come to an end :)

So enjoy it while it last!

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Sucks for the people that wanna play those games online. But at the same time good riddance; gamespy was crap.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Besides Operation Shutdown, did 2K just fire Gamespy for it's server woes?   LOL

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@themc_7 I remember when GameSpy first came out a long time ago.  I feel old now.  GameSpy was for hosting PC games online & Had Voice Chat so you could talk & not half to type.  The question is, why would any console need that service after 2005?  

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@Snakepond1 Forza 2 and Perfect Dark do not run through Game Spy service, so what does this have to do with anything here?  I can still play doom 1 multiplayer & its from the early 90s.  I guess that statement is the same as yours.  It has nothing to do with the article.

snaketus
snaketus

@steelmouth  Their online multiplayer wasn't hosted by Gamespy or it just isn't mentioned, would be typical Xbotting by Gamespot.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@StonerDemon Thats my problem with Wolfenstien for PS3.  I can't get any trophies because I can't play On-Line...  I hate it when your stuck like that.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@StonerDemon  They should not do that because it's not fair to the people who actually earned the trophies for some stupid kid to auto-achieve a platinum without trying.

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

@virtualskill  And so will you. I think most games are kept online long enough to enjoy them, especially the ones on this list.

extrasideofbeef
extrasideofbeef

@allever Oh crap.... you're right! It'll obviously still be the only game I have in 10 years so I'd better get all my time in now!

You know how you still play online FPS from 10 years ago right? I know I do! Haven't moved on to the next new game or anything, like Titanfall 2..... or 3 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@allever Well,You will be able to play Titanfall the next 10 years knowing MS...is that enough?
Meanwhile we will have TF 2 and 3

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@snaketus @steelmouth


Or maybe it's because Borderlands on Xbox doesn't use Gamespy servers? I think it's funny how some people try to lambast Xbox Live, but you get what you pay for. I haven't seen any articles about Xbox 360 games losing server support lately, but it seems like every other week another game on PS3 is losing multiplayer support. Gotta wonder why that is?


But hey, I guess it's all just because Gamespot is Xbotting...whatever the fuck that means.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

@drwhoiscool @StonerDemon  I guess it's not an easily solvable issue. But it's frustrating for people like me or you when we have a job, studies, a girlfriend, meetings, etc.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

@hoyholyhoy @StonerDemon  I'm hardly stupid, I'm hardly a kid. The difference:

I'm 35 --> You're a kid.
I have a degree --> You're on high school.
I have a car --> You have your legs.
I have a girlfriend --> You have your hands.

Check your manners, kiddo. I never insulted you.

snaketus
snaketus

@hoyholyhoy @StonerDemon  There shouldn't be online multiplayer trophies or they shouldn't be required for plat anyway imo. To force people play some stupid ass shoehorned in multiplayer is just stupid.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@cws3e That's terrible! It hurts me to think that a small game like Dragon's Crown has to pay for its own matchmaking service.

allever
allever

@extrasideofbeef @allever I still play the original Unreal Tournament.... sooo......  It's okay with the sarcasm.  Some people don't realize what they have, until it's too late.

By the way, a lot of people still play Atari, Genesis, SNES, Nintendo, etc.. Just check out eBay.

When Titanfall closes, that's the end of it.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@Ambivalist @A8ADD0N@snaketus@steelmouth that's intentional, their games are so similar you could play an older version for years without updating if you wanted too. EA shuts down their servers to force the gamer into buying the newer updated (lol updated is funny word for EA) version of the game.


It's why they handle the Servers as opposed to letting MS handle them.

Ambivalist
Ambivalist

@A8ADD0N @snaketus @steelmouth  Yup, that's why we see EA games occasionally get taken down. They refuse to use Xbox's provided servers and instead opt for their own. Since they don't have the same resources, they've put themselves in a position (maybe intentionally) where older games (specifically sports games) will be pulled down as newer ones are released. 

DETfaninATL
DETfaninATL

@A8ADD0N  Well, for quite a lot of us, the trophies are one of the most fun parts of the game, provide additional things to attempt in the game that you might not normally think of or do and in some cases become more of a challenge than the  game itself............moron.........

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@snaketus


No one's "forcing" you to get utterly pointless trophies in the first place, moron.

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@allever @weetbix23No, we get it.  We just don't really care.  Most of us are likely not going to own anything that plays the original Titanfall in 10 years as-is, let alone want to, so the inability to play it isn't going to be a big deal.  Only the fanboy collectors will be.

seanwil545
seanwil545

@weetbix23  

Why would you support disposable gaming or planned obsolescence? Its not about playing the game 10 years from now. Its about having the option to play a game that YOU payed for; even if its just for nostalgia.

allever
allever

@weetbix23 No fanboyism here.  You totally missed the point. 

Don't bother replying if you still don't get it.

weetbix23
weetbix23

@allever  Sorry, but your fanboyism has deluded you. Most the time when servers go down it is usually due to inactivity anyway, and once the next game comes out (Titanfall 2 in this case) people usually switch over. It's not that big of a deal when an old game goes offline.