GTA 5 unaffected by GameSpy shutdown; some Rockstar games not so lucky

Max Payne 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Red Dead Redemption will be affected on certain platforms.

Rockstar's biggest game on the market right now, Grand Theft Auto V, will not be affected in any way by the shutdown of GameSpy's servers at the end of May. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of Rockstar's older games, including Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto IV, some of which will see certain features soon become unavailable.

Rockstar announced today that its "teams are currently working to patch specific older titles to keep the transition as smooth as possible and minimize the impact to online-enabled play and your in-game experience."

Most of its games will not be dramatically affected, with only leaderboards or Rockstar Social Club features being removed. While disappointing, those measures are preferable to the outright removal of multiplayer support, which is what's happening in a handful of cases.

Those cases include the Mac version of Max Payne 3, the PlayStation 3 version of Midnight Club: Los Angeles, and all versions of Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition (including Dub Edition Remix). None of these three games will offer online multiplayer after May 31, or possibly sooner.

Meanwhile, Social Club website stat tracking and leaderboards are on their way out of Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, and Midnight Club LA. In-game multiplayer leaderboards in the PS3 versions of Red Dead, GTA IV, and Midnight Club LA are on the chopping block as well, as are Social Club features in Beaterator and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on DS and PSP.

Rockstar's support website lists the full details on the implications of the GameSpy shutdown for all of its games.

Other companies' games are being similarly affected by the May 31 GameSpy shutdown. The PC versions of Crysis and Crysis 2 will lose their multiplayer modes on that date, as will a range of 2K Games PS3 titles, most notably Civilization Revolution and Borderlands. 2K has indicated it's exploring ways to bring back multiplayer for those two titles, while EA has indicated it hopes to do the same with the early Battlefield games.

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Martyr77
Martyr77

This is why online gaming is terrible especially the online only games like Titanfall. They simply don't last long and when they die you can't play them again.

Scarshi
Scarshi

Online stats, leaderboards, trophies...

Graffiti and tombstones last longer.

Existing online only lasts while its good business.

error_code_d4
error_code_d4

Rockstar can buy GameSpy to prevent this... I play MCLA every single day and my uncle plays GTA IV everyday and i have a friend who plays RDR every once in a while. Rockstar pisses me off with opportunities to make money. People buy many Rockstar games to play the great multiplayer experience, not the single player experience... I see about 100 new people a week on the MCLA server. Rockstar, BUY GAMESPY OR BUY THEIR SERVERS! 

ringringabel
ringringabel

jeez gamespy was really great back in the day...i remember playing halo 1 online against others via gamespy arcade on my pc! also tons of "cracked" servers for games like battlefield vietnam and stuff was pretty nice to have in the early 2000's

will_no
will_no

RIP gamespy.  How did they manage to make you irrelevant, by making us pay to play games with each other when you offered it for free?

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Glad I got in those fun times recently with RDR alongside friends, then. I got it a few years ago, but bought a few copies late last year for a few people and we played around a bit in PvE, PvP and hunting. Good times.

neprisistates
neprisistates

scumbags, instead of releasing server software(so that anyone can run a server) they are removing multiplayer alltogether.

andres_ak47
andres_ak47

pc version fo Max Payne 3 had lots of hackers online. just check the Steam game hub.

jt3ldp
jt3ldp

no way not crysis 2 online :( this was one of the best multiplayer shooters on pc FFS! gamespy

Redspyda24
Redspyda24

i just got Red Dead & Midnight Club LA  I Still want to play Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition

jark888
jark888

I always hate news about online support shutdown(even for the games I don't currently own).

lightleggy
lightleggy

Im sure as hell not going to miss the leaderboards given the first thousand spots or something were full of hackers...serioisly people getting over 9 billion score in the first stage of max payne 3 for example.

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

Max Payne 3 online was one of the biggest crap fests i've ever tried. NO skill whatsoever, just whoever had the best lag and the best "twitch" reflexes. Period

santinegrete
santinegrete

Well this isn't as bad as I expected, at least they working to mantain some servers, right? This is why MP doesn't really add value in the equation for me, unless it has co-op, and if there's local, better.

thiago250399
thiago250399

o que entao eh isso que nao esta adicionando o midnight club los angeles PS3 na verdade ja esta parando de funcionar entao nao vou poder obter lo meu Audi R8 por causa dessa BUCETA da gamespy ve se toma ATITUDE ROCKSTAR voce depende da gamespy pra funcionar o sistema online em alguns jogos bem essa eu nao sabia ate hoje bom pelo menos eu tenho o Audi R8 no xbox e gostaria de ter lo no PS3 pra jogar online com ele acho que nao saou o unico ha mais gente com problemas ate no MAX PAYNE 3

king_wrecked
king_wrecked

good to see that the 16 people playing gta 5 online won't be affected.  i'm sure they were worried.

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

Gamespot needs a 5th grade reading test before people can start commenting because apparently 80% of the people here can't read the article.

fredwilkins
fredwilkins

My Social Club stats on RDR, Max Payne and GTA IV were NEVER correct.  I did 100% completion on all of them, as well as associated DLC, yet that was never reflected on the Social Club stats pages.  Cleary GameSpy and/or Rockstar did a very poor job of communicating with each other.  Incomplete stats are worthless stats.

themc_7
themc_7

I still have no idea why a video game news site has anything to do with multiplayer game servers. I can see PC maybe, but consoles and handhelds? why?

Merseyak
Merseyak

 i said it from the start by the beginning of 2015 last gen support will be practically none existent they force you to move on they always do it every gen leap always have

Trevorbangbang
Trevorbangbang

Come out, come out, come out, come out for PC(GTA 5) god dammit~~!!!

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Well, that's what happens to all online-enabled video games eventually. This new generation of gamers should engrave it in their minds.

tom2750
tom2750

fucking bullshit it's not that bad tho i guess since you can still play online sucks to be someone who bought max payne 3 for mac

nomisrevilo
nomisrevilo

Rockstar is like Neil Patrick Harris in the Harold and Kumar movies... Awesome one second, and then they turn around and totally screw everyone on their way off to the next thing.


Actually, now that I mention it... They should make Neil Patrick Harris a main character in the next GTA... NPH running around being himself in GTA would be the greatest thing to happen in probably the history of the Universe, second only to the big bang...


If he shows up in the next game you bastards reading this had better put my name in the friggan credits seeing as I've just given you the best idea ever....... 

StephenSays
StephenSays

They are destroying the gaming industry.  This is why system link should be mandatory in all online games (EA).  I feel bad for the people who still enjoy or want to enjoy playing some of these games online.  This is a classic example of why games are not worth 60.  You are all just renting the games, and at any moment they will all be rendered useless.  I can never play max payne 3 single player ever again.  Why because i can't skip the cut scenes.  But now i wont be able to go online and play it, thanks R*.  This is really bad for gaming.

DrKill09
DrKill09

That sucks.  I really liked playing Midnight Club LA online with my cousin.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Well this sucks, i have basically all of those major R* game titles and you mean to tell me that pretty soon the only 1 i'll be able to play online is GTA V? Bullshit, utter bullshit i say, lol!

gajbutler
gajbutler

Thought Gamespy died back in like 2003 or something lol.

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Just pass it to the Steam Workshop

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

@error_code_d4  not really their fault. GameSpy just screwed up themselves and nobody saw it coming. They really have no need to buy it since those are the older games and now they are using a different server to support online as seen in GTA V. But i feel you, i wish max payne 3 online wasnt so dead. only online game i got into... 

noigel
noigel

@king_wrecked  that is per game session...there is more than 1 session going on at the same time even if you're not in them...

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@themc_7  - GameSpy was more than a video game news site, and pretty much started as a package of online matchmaking services for license to game developers, from the late 1990s.  It was used for hundreds of games.  The news sites were developed around the same time.

jreezy18
jreezy18

@Merseyak Support goes beyond catering to the online environment. Games will still be releasing for last gen systems by 2015.

jkflipflop98
jkflipflop98

@Bellum_Sacrum That's not true in the least. This is what happens to all online-enabled games that depend on 3rd party framework to function. There are still Doom servers out there you can join. 

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

@nomisrevilo  Far from the best idea ever. The fact you think Big Bang is the greatest thing to ever happen make e doubt your every idea.

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

@StephenSays  so did you even bother to read the article or are you just trying to pander to the retarded mass of the gaming community. Features of the games are going to away like stat tracking unless your stupid enough to get Max Payne 3 on mac in which case you deserve it. Pretty much most games have transferred from Gamespy.

jkflipflop98
jkflipflop98

@gajbutler  I see this cute little gem of cluelessness come up quite a bit. Gamespy 3D, the program and server browser was discontinued long ago. Gamespy the multiplayer API is a completely different chunk of technology that's built directly into the server/client fabric of the game itself. They merely share a name. 

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@king_wrecked - Why do you think that?

GameSpy ran the Planet Network of video game news/community sites for years, such as PlanetQuake, RPGPlanet, 3DActionPlanet, among many others.  It also developed FilePlanet, the file hosting network.

It seems quite a few people here don't understand the history of GameSpy, and the breadth of activities under its brand name.

themc_7
themc_7

@soccerpzn @themc_7  wow, everyone has completely misunderstood my comment. Gamespy is a video game news site, why would their shutting down, effect online multiplayer servers.