one in blog post, Epic has announced that it is shutting down servers and online services for many of its older titles starting today. This is because the company wants to, in its own words, “fully support Epic Online services with its integrated friend system, voice chat features, parental controls, and parental verification features.”
Epic states that as of January 24th, the following titles will no longer be playable online (albeit with some caveats, which have been noted). Epic has also begun removing these titles from the digital storefront and will be disabling DLC purchases. Most of these games can still be played offline if you own them. The list of affected games is as follows:
- 1000 little paws
- Dance Central 1-3 (Dance Central VR online multiplayer will be available,
- Green Day: Rock Band
- the demons (probably) stole my princess
- Rock Band 1-3 (Rock Band 4 online multiplayer will be available,
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
- unreal gold
- Unreal II: 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, but titles that are built entirely around multiplayer will be effectively dead. An example is free-to-play battle breakersWhich will be completely impossible on 30 December. Epic will refund in-game purchases made in Battle Breakers for 180 days starting today.
Additionally, the publisher has already removed the Mac and Linux versions of Hatoful Boyfriend and Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star from the store, as well as its mobile version. dropmix, However, the owner will still be able to use these titles. Unreal Tournament (alpha), Rock Band Blitz, the Rock Band Companion App and SingSpace will also cease operations on January 24.
Many of these games are over a decade old, so it’s not surprising to see Epic pulling the plug on their online servers, especially if the communities aren’t very active. Still, it stinks to see this happen from a protectionist perspective. Will you be logging online to play Unreal Tournament 2004 or The Beatles: Rock Band with friends before January 24? Tell us in the comments!