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Borderlands, Civilization III and IV on PC temporarily losing online services May 31

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Posted on April 22, 2014 AT 12:45pm

Borderlands, Civilization III, and Civilization IV on PC will be temporarily without online services while 2K Games transitions from GameSpy Technology to Steamworks, the publisher announced.

The move to Steamworks will begin May 31, the same date as GameSpy Technology’s shutdown. 2K did not mention how long Borderlands and Civ III and IV would be offline, stating only that it would begin on that date. The transition will also affect Civilization III’s Conquests and Play the World add-ons and Civilization IV’s Beyond the Sword, Colonization, and Warlords add-ons.

According to 2K, players will experience an interruption of online play, matchmaking, and voiceover Internet protocol (VOIP) during the transition.

Also losing its online services on May 31, though permanently—at least for now—are the PS3 versions of Borderlands and Civilization Revolution, also due to the GameSpy Technology shutdown.

“We are currently investigating the technical feasibility of transitioning those titles,” reads a post on the 2K support page. “Again, players will not experience interruptions to offline play for these titles. We will provide updates as they become available.

Other 2K titles that will permanently lose their online functionality following GameSpy’s shutdown are:

  • 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)

Source: 2K Games blog

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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