Two More Online Shooters Are Dying In The Best Ways Possible
This is how many online games have been shut down so far in 2023 that we already had to do a summaryand it is only February. Which means there are many more to suffer similar fates over the next 10 months, and the next two to suffer their demise Natural selection 2 And spellbreak.
The developers of Natural selection 2, which has been running for 10 years, announced earlier today that they were ceasing “active development” of the game, but not shutting it down entirely. Instead, while they turn to other projects, they keep the lights on (emphasis mine):
10 years after its official release and over 117 updates later, active development of Natural Selection 2 has come to an end.
Our team and this community have provided passion and support for this game for many years. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with so many of you, whether it’s at a trade show, live tournament, discord or playing on a server. We thank you for your support and dedication to NS2 and know that this game would not have been the same without you. Now it’s time to look to the future and move forward with other projects in the company.
While we’re not actively working on NS2, we will continue to host matched play servers to allow community members to play games on-demand with other players or bots.
While this isn’t a farewell, we still want to say a heartfelt thank you to you, our community, and everyone who has worked with us on Natural Selection 2 over the years.
much love and appreciation,
The UWE NS2 team
While it’s always sad for fans when a game ends like this, many of them just want to be able to still play the thing, so it’s nice to see that the Unknown Worlds developers are leaving some servers left for people to use.
As for spellbreak, We knew his end would come as early as June 2022, but it finally came today when the game was delisted from Steam. That’s the bad news, however; The good news is that the game will live on as the developers did “Created a standalone version where players can host their own servers, play with their friends, and explore the game space at their own pace.”
That’s great! This is even better than leaving some servers open because, as John Carmack said last week, it’s the absolute best scenario when official support for an online game ends. By throwing the game to the wind and freeing it from the confines of storefronts and online platforms, fans can play it as long as there are fans, and even if there are none, the game can be preserved for the future generations.