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Monday, 20 June 2011 09:06

PC & PS3 GRID servers taken down

Written by David Stellmack
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GRID servers for 360 still up for now
Those still playing Codemasters’ racing title GRID got some bad news over the weekend when on Friday the company announced that it is taking down the multiplayer servers for both the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of GRID. At least for the time being, the multiplayer servers for the Xbox 360 version of the game will continue to be available.

The news was delivered in a post by Ian Webster, community manager for Codemasters, in a post on the Grid forums. The post says that the decision comes as the third-party server hosting provider declined an offer to extend the contract to continue to provide the servers and bandwidth necessary for the multiplayer functionality of the PC and PS3 versions of the game.

Webster does not say much more than that in the post, other than thanking the PC and PS3 fans that supported the game. GRID was released in 2008 and was quite well received. While the news was not apparently well received by some forum members, it would appear that Codemasters isn’t really concerned about the fallout surrounding this, as it is just a business decision.

Since the game came out in 2008, it really isn’t that surprising that multiplayer is being discontinued, as a number of titles lose their multiplayer after a couple of years. This seems to be the trend these days, as the costs of maintaining servers for these older titles that are not being used costs the company money.


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+10 #1 thematrix606 2011-06-20 10:19
"Since the game came out in 2008, it really isn’t that surprising that multiplayer is being discontinued, as a number of titles lose their multiplayer after a couple of years."

I'm sorry, but this is utter nonsense. There are more than enough games from the 90s which still have their multiplayer server up and running, even if some of these only have 1000 active players playing. Over time server costs drop in price significantly, and it's really unacceptable in this day and age to bring down a server which is only pinged back and forth and sends a list of available servers to clients.

/rant
 
 
+4 #2 ncc1701dee 2011-06-20 13:22
"Those still playing Codemasters’ racing title GRID got some bad news over the weekend when on Friday the company announced that it is taking down the multiplayer servers for both the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of GRID."

This isnt quite correct. The pc version has been offline now since 1st of June, not last weekend :$ And at the time there was NO ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CODEMASTERS . nothing at all . for WEEKS. i am someone who adored this game and played multiplayer almost everyday, infact this was the ONLY pc i even played :$

im still really mad, so F YOU CODEMASTERS. the least they could have done was keep the game online until grid 2 came out :$ now i f hate codemasters
 
 
+7 #3 Harry Lloyd 2011-06-20 16:31
How can they shut down MP before a sequel? GRID 2 is supposed to come out next year, they should shut it down then.
 
 
+2 #4 Tasty Taste 2011-06-21 18:17
someone needs to hack codemasters
 
 
+1 #5 Memoties 2011-06-23 06:50
Thematrix: "it's really unacceptable in this day and age to bring down a server which is only pinged back and forth and sends a list of available servers to clients."

I'm totally indeed, the server cost would be about 100 dollars a year, is that too much for people's fun? They could leave it open until GRID2 or until some other game could fill it's position.

Someone needs to hack codemasters +1
 

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