in one blog entryEpic has announced that it will shut down the servers and online services for many of its older titles starting today. The reason for this is that the company, in its own words, “wants to transition to supporting Epic Online Services solely with its unified friend system, voice chat capabilities, parental controls, and parental verification features.”
Epic states that the following titles will no longer be playable online until January 24th (though with some limitations noted). Epic has also begun removing these titles from digital storefronts and will be disabling DLC purchases. Most of these games can still be played offline if you own them. The list of affected games are:
- 1000 tiny claws
- Dance Center 1-3 (Dance Central VR online multiplayer remains available)
- Green Day: Rock Band
- Monsters (probably) stole my princess
- rock band 1-3 (Rock Band 4 online multiplayer remains available)
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Supersonic, acrobatic, rocket-powered battle cars
- Unreal Gold
- Unreal II: The Awakening
- Unreal tournament 2003
- Unreal tournament 2004
- Unreal Tournament 3 (Epic plans to bring back online features through Epic Online Services in the future.)
- Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition
Games with offline modes will still be playable, of course, but titles built solely around multiplayer will effectively be dead. An example is the free Battle Breakers, which becomes completely unplayable on December 30th. Epic will refund in-game purchases made 180 days prior to today in Battle Breakers.
In addition, the publisher has already removed the Mac and Linux versions of Hatoful Boyfriend and Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star, as well as the mobile version of DropMix from stores. However, owners can still access these titles. Unreal Tournament (Alpha), Rock Band Blitz, the Rock Band Companion App and SingSpace will also cease operations on January 24th.
Some of these games are over a decade old, so it’s not surprising that Epic is pulling the plug on their online servers, especially when the communities aren’t very active. Nevertheless, from a monument preservation point of view, it stinks to see this. Will you be logging in online before January 24th to play Unreal Tournament 2004 or The Beatles: Rock Band with friends? Let us know in the comments!
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