MotorStorm, SOCOM Servers Shutting Down Soon
By Joseph Christ on July 23rd, 2012 (5 comments)
If you enjoy the multiplayer component of Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge and SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3, you might want to try and get some quality play-time in soon. UK PlayStation has issued an alert that the MP servers for these games will be shut down on October 1st.
As of right now it's unclear if this is going to affect gamers worldwide or just in the UK, but it looks like, at least, the land of Chimney Sweeps and Orphans will no longer have a hearty game of Pacific Rift to find solace in.
For some reason it seems like this is happening faster and faster these days, and the absence of local server capability for these games means that gamers are at the whim of the publisher when it comes to the big on/off switch that the servers are connected to. Plus, the contemporary need for all games published today to have a multiplayer component is also probably taking a big chunk of server real estate that could have otherwise been used to keep older games running longer.
A big boon for PC games that allow for local multiplayer games to be created? Sure. I can probably still find a game of Soldier of Fortune II to mess around in, and putting the server into the hands of the players certainly adds to the longevity of a title.
It'll be sad to see Pacific Rift go, since that's a game I was practically obsessed with a few years ago. Luckily the single player portion of that game can certainly hold its own, but there is nothing like playing against real people.
Goodbye old friend.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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