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Sniper Elite loses multiplayer servers, "Rebellion not consulted" over decision
Posted: 10.12.2012 14:55 by Simon Priest Comments: 17
Developer Rebellion confirms that Sniper Elite's multiplayer servers through Gamespy are no longer running, but not by a decision reached themselves. GLU Mobile pulled the plug 'without consultation'.

The studio had been paying the third-party so Sniper Elite fans could "play online for free," which they've been doing for the past seven years. GLU have targeted other older titles too, like SWAT 4.

Star Wars: Battlefront, the first two Neverwinter Nights titles and Microsoft's Flight Simulator X have all lost their place on Gamespy's servers, now owned by GLU Mobile.

"A few weeks ago, the online multiplayer servers for Sniper Elite were suddenly switched off by Glu, the third-party service we had been paying to maintain them," said Rebellion in a statement. "For the past seven years we have run these servers at a cost to ourselves so that fans of Sniper Elite could continue to play online for free."

"This decision by Glu was not taken in consultation with us and was beyond our control."

The studio has tried to get the servers back up and running by the rates have skyrocketed compared to what they had been paying. As an independent outfit they simply can't afford to keep the Sniper Elite online service going.

"We have been talking to them since to try and get the servers turned back on. We have been informed that in order to do so would cost us tens of thousands of pounds a year—far in excess of how much we were paying previously."

"We also do not have the option to take the multiplayer to a different provider. Because the game relies on Glu and Gamespy's middleware, the entire multiplayer aspect of the game would have to be redeveloped by us, again, at the cost of many tens of thousands of pounds," continued Rebellion.

"While we are not happy about the situation, as an independent developer we simply do not have the resources to pay the massive costs of new servers along with redeveloping a seven-year-old game."

The reason for the upset is, that while not many would have been still playing the games online, there could have been a warning to the loyal few who remained instead of such an abrupt end.
Source: Kotaku

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Comments

By lichlord (SI Core) on Dec 10, 2012
lichlord
people will find a way their are more uses then gamespy even so very unfortunate
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 10, 2012
DAmicoThunder
This is interesting.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Dec 10, 2012
nocutius
Now imagine if a Disney-like entity was to purchase Valve :(.

They could have at least warned people before shutting things down.
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 10, 2012
DAmicoThunder
They could have, but they told nobody and did it without permission.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 10, 2012
herodotus
Out with the old dishwater and potato scrapings and in with the new. Use PBEM instead:)
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 10, 2012
DAmicoThunder
Change is a necessity. Change without anybody knowing is winning. Change without permission or without at least consulting with one of the contributors to which you are changing, that is very controversial indeed.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 10, 2012
herodotus
Not really. It depends on what's been stated in their contract. The owner might not be obliged to notify anyone at all.
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 10, 2012
DAmicoThunder
I said controversial, not illegal. Besides, a good lawyer can spin stories around a contract.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Dec 10, 2012
lichlord
can't change whats on the paper tho so yeah it could be bended a little perhaps but when it stated to give warning before closing not much to work on...
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 10, 2012
DAmicoThunder
Either way, it happened and nobody can do shit about it. Other than complain, that is.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Dec 10, 2012
nocutius
Except being wary of buying games with any kind of connection to those people.

If people were to start avoiding games that use their services they'd surely notice.
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 10, 2012
DAmicoThunder
They'd only notice the drop in their sales statistics.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Dec 10, 2012
lichlord
yeah + the complains like you said lol trust me they will make the connection sooner or later then
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 12, 2012
herodotus
"Sniper Elite V2" is available on GetGames.com today only for 75% OFF both editions, if anyone's interested:
http://www.getgamesgo.com/searchresults/
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 13, 2012
DAmicoThunder
That's quite a nice investment for someone there. Thanks, Herodotus.

Lichlord, hopefully sooner than later, but hell. The way they are now, I'll accept it later, too, evenif it's on 12/20/12 at 11:59:59(:99:999) pm.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Dec 13, 2012
Hammerjinx
I'm a little surprised that they hardcoded Gamespy into their multiplayer.

I used Gamespy back when Quake2 was where the action was. Much later I installed a game and it asked if I wanted to also install Gamespy. "Sure", I said. That lasted a very short time before I uninstalled it and I have never had cancer since.

Maybe I'm a bit out of touch, but this move seems like a deliberate attempt to wallet-ream developers and publishers that have trusted a heavy reliance on a traditionally cheap service. I expect the next move is to cull services and wait for more people to stop paying, then just axe the whole thing as soon as they're no longer making an arse-ton of profit.
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Dec 13, 2012
DAmicoThunder
You're probably on the right track; though, I don't think they'd let it happen just like that. They'd definitely fight until it's too costly. After all, you have to spend money to make money.