While you may have heard that GameSpy, the once dominant multiplayer matchmaking service, will be closing after 18 years, the fallout is much more recent than you think.
With the closing of GameSpy Crytek’s own Crysis and Crysis 2 will no longer be playable online. Coming in just one short month, on May 31st 2014, all online interactions for these titles will not continue due to a lack of support by the Crytek team.
According to a post on the Crysis Forums, Crytek will not pursue migration of the servers to another hosting type, which will result in total shut down of the services by June 1st. Those who own Crysis and Crysis 2, and want to continue to play the titles offline for their single-player campaigns will still be able to, as the title does not connect to GameSpy to play the campaign.
“The single-player campaigns in both games are unaffected by this transition, and the multiplayer mode in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Crysis 2 remain playable.”
Multiplayer modes on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE will retain integrity during this transition for Crysis 2, as they are hosted from other sources.
Other Electronic Arts titles may survive the fall of GameSpy, as EA is seeking out hosting alternatives for most of the Battlefield series which has a stronger user base.