Star Wars: Battlefront 2's online support to continue after server shutdown

PC players will be able to continue playing Star Wars: Battlefront II online after May 31.

Star Wars: Battlefront II is on the increasingly long list of games that will be affected by the GameSpy server shutdown at the end of May. Fortunately, it's also among the games that will continue to be playable online anyway thanks to a third-party service.

As with Halo: Combat Evolved, third-party online service GameRanger has come to save the day for fans of Battlefront II's online multiplayer. GameRanger creator Scott Kevill has confirmed on Reddit that Battlefront II, which was already supported by GameRanger, will continue to be playable even after GameSpy goes offline. "People are already playing it just fine on GameRanger," he wrote, "and will continue to after May 31. (I've already simulated it with GameSpy blocked and cut-off.)"

This is especially good news for gamers who only just picked up the game recently as part of a Steam sale on Star Wars games. Battlefront II was apparently such a big seller that Steam ran out of CD keys, as a message on the game's Steam page reads, "We are currently out of keys for this title. We've requested more from the publisher and will have those soon. Should you purchase this title, your key will be delivered as soon as we receive it."

The Steam page also offers up a brief statement informing owners and potential buyers of the game that multiplayer will no longer be available through any official means. "As of May 31, 2014, online functionality, including network multiplayer and wireless chat, will no longer be available for this title," reads the game page. "We regret any disappointment as a result of the shutdown of the services supporting these online features."

Of course, that's not actually the case for those who opt to use GameRanger, which allows gamers to host their own servers for a wide range of computer games, including some being affected by the GameSpy shutdown.

Unfortunately, GameRanger's services don't also extend to consoles, as the GameSpy shutdown's effect isn't limited to PC games. Borderlands and Civilization Revolution on the PlayStation 3 are among those going offline, although in the case of certain games (including those two), developers have indicated they hope to get them back online.

A new Star Wars: Battlefront is currently in development at Battlefield maker DICE. Electronic Arts said yesterday it plans to show the game off at this year's E3 in June.

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32 comments
PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

BF1 is better, much cleaner package. BF2 is a clusterblam with its heroes, objectives, nonarenalike levels and more


Oh and Borderlands is going offline? Wow things get dated really fast these days. Booting up Borderlands is soon going to feel retro like playing some SNES game.

gajbutler
gajbutler

The PC already won, all development is now done on PCs, nearly all developers today come from developing PC games and mods and the latest consoles have switched to the x86 architecture. Now as our PCs are already up to 8 times more powerful than thee consoles, even low budget ones are 2-3 times, these consoles cannot even keep up from day one.


There will be no need for consoles and this will be the last generation for either Sony or Microsoft and I bet the generation after that will be the last one for the one that survives this gen. Nintendo will just keep on doing what they're doing for as long as they're making money, judging from the massive sales their games get on the Wii U and the huge sales of the 3DS, they're making more money than Sony and Microsoft put together right now, when it comes to games.

Bubbagum_Bish
Bubbagum_Bish

Battlefront 2 never gets old, not even 10 years after it's release. Can't wait for the new one!

Barighm
Barighm

Eh? Doesn't Sony have their own servers for this sort of thing? All PS3 games should be active so long as there is a PSN to play them on.

fastharry
fastharry

Sony cares about gamers..why not use their Gakai cloud network to help a brother out?

rasterror
rasterror

And Resistance 3 online will be shut down. SMH.

Ervaine
Ervaine

What a save for a great game ,Good job. 

mechag2
mechag2

Great news indeed, but what about the original Star Wars: Battlefront? And Crysis, Crysis Warhead and Crysis 2?

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Someone still plays this?

KristenVr
KristenVr

@mechag2  Original Battlefront is also supported by GameRanger. 

Crysis and Crysis Warhead will possibly get GameRanger support in future, but it's just server list and GameSpy accounts that go down, there is way around it and already community patches for both games in making or ready to launch the day GameSpy closes.

Crysis 2.....unknown

Smosh150
Smosh150

@RC-Sev  I still play it with mods, can't remember the name of the one I use, but it adds in a lot of units such as the clone assassin, brings back the old standard battledroid class, new ships such as the V-19 Torrent replaces the ARC-170 while the ARC-170 replaces the V-Wing etc etc. 

rasterror
rasterror

I do and my son still competes in online tournaments.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@crimsonbrute @RC-Sev Wow...you really need to let go. This pile of rubbish felt dated on release. Better games have been released, believe it or not. You should check it out.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@indiexanna @dani_i89@crimsonbrute@RC-Sev Just about ANY third person game released since. This game screamed mediocre, and if not for it's cheap Star Wars paint job, this game would have been forgetting a looonngggg time ago. Gears of War, for one really nails 3rd person shooting. If you really love Star Wars, just play Kotor. Fuck the fact that it isn't online, Battlefront was just terrible.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@dani_i89 @crimsonbrute @RC-Sev  Let go? Is it a crime to revisit a great game every once in a while?

And where is this amazing, third-person, Star Wars themed shooter you refer to?