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Borderlands, Civilization 4 facing service interruptions due to GameSpy closure

Xav de Matos
April 22, 2014

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With the impending closure of GameSpy online services on May 31, publisher 2K Games says players should expect a temporary outage of multiplayer modes for a number of its titles as it switches to a new online platform.

The original Borderlands, Civilization 3 and Civilization 4, along with expansions for both Sid Meier titles, will be affected by the transition to the Steamworks platform, 2K Games said in a release today. The publisher did not detail a timetable for the migration to Steam.

A handful of legacy PC titles, including Stronghold 2 and Close Combat First to Fight, will lose online functionality when GameSpy discontinues its online services and will not be transitioned to Steam, 2K Games added. A number of legacy titles across handheld and console platforms will also abandon online features, including NHL 2K10 on Wii and Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on DS.

A complete list of titles affected by GameSpy's closure can be found in the press release after the break.
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2K will be making online service changes for several titles as a result of GameSpy Technology terminating its online service offerings for video games.

Beginning May 31, 2014, select legacy titles from the Borderlands® and Civilization® catalogs will temporarily go offline while service is transitioned to Steamworks. During the transition, players will experience interruption of several features, including online play, matchmaking and voiceover Internet protocol (VOIP) where applicable. Players will not experience interruptions to offline play.

The list of 2K titles currently slated for online migration includes:

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
Starting May 31, Borderlands® PS3 and Civilization® Revolution PS3 will also go offline as a result of GameSpy Technology's online service termination. We are currently investigating the technical feasibility of transitioning those titles. Again, players will not experience interruptions to offline play for these titles. We will provide updates as they become available.

Additionally, 2K will discontinue online service functionality for a number of our legacy titles that use GameSpy. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

2K titles losing online service as of May 31, 2014

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)

Additional Nintendo DS and Wii titles may be impacted by the discontinuation of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Service on May 20, 2014. More details can be found at Nintendo's website.

Please note: We will update this article with the latest developments regarding service interruptions and future support for the Civilization and Borderlands titles listed above. To receive the latest updates about online service for these games, you may subscribe to this article by signing in to your 2K Support account and clicking the "Follow" link in the upper-right.

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