2K is the next major publisher to announce its plans for the post GameSpy world. Once the online matchmaking service gets shut down on May 31, it will be taking its two largest multiplayer franchises, Borderlands and Civilization, to Steamworks.
Of course, all the more recent games are bound to make the cut, and 2K has confirmed that aging games like Borderlands, Civilization IV, and even Civilization III will be able to be played through the new online service. Once GameSpy’s service goes down, the games will be unplayable for a short time before 2K gets them up and running again.
Consider these games the lucky ones. Many of 2K Games’ lesser known and older games will not be surviving the jump. It has published a list of games that I don’t think a lot of people are going to be missing.
- 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)
Again, I don’t like the idea of games losing support and being lost forever into the nothingness of cyberspace, but it just seems like a trend we are going to have to get used to as we become more dependent on servers. Luckily, I don’t really know anything on that list, and the only game I might be remotely interested in ever checking out again is Civilization Revolution on the DS.
Still, don’t blink any time soon since it’s only a matter of time before something you or I do like is bound to be affected, like Dragon Quest IX and the DS Pokemon games.