updated 07:05 pm EDT, Mon May 12, 2014
Over 50 EA games to shutdown at end of month, Halo finds a way to live on
With the announcement of Gamespy shutting down at the end of the month, gamers and companies alike have been scrambling for solutions to keep fan favorite games going. Among them, Electronic Arts and fans of Halo: Combat Evolved have tried to find solutions that would keep the games after the shutdown, to mixed results.
Electronic Arts titles, including Battlefield 2, Command & Conquer 3, Crysis and Neverwinter Nights 2 face the chopping block after efforts from the company didn't pan out. "Unfortunately, due to technical challenges and concerns about player experience, we do not have a solution at this time," says a statement on EA's blog.
The company says that they have been working to find options to keep the games running, but will turn to "community-supported options to preserve online functionality." Third party services like Gameranger will keep some of EA's titles going, for the time being. The service has also added some titles affected by Gamespy's announcement, such as Halo.
Halo will have more than Gameranger to keep it alive. A community group has worked together to find a solution to the shutdown with the help of Bungie. An official 1.0.10 patch for Halo will be released, that updates the master server to a new one the group has created.
The team, consisting of two community members and Robert Wolfson of Bungie, have worked on the patch for approximately a month in an attempt to stave off the loss of the multiplayer lobby. No official date has been released for the patch, but the Halo Fixes forums says more information will be available when it is ready.