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article imageVolition addresses impact of GameSpy shutdown on 'Saints Row 2'

By Stan Rezaee     Apr 30, 2014 in Entertainment
In a blog posted on April 30; Volition addressed the issue of GameSpy shutting down its servers and how it will affect 'Saints Row 2' multiplayer.
According to the blog; the LAN play will work correctly after the shutdown but matchmaking along with the online game not function for the PS3 and PC versions. The The Xbox 360 version will be unaffected since it relays on Xbox Live.
Volition advised PC gamers to experiment with LAN software like Evolve or Tunngle as an alternative. They further stated that they are looking into other options to see if it's possible to save Saints Row 2.
Back in early April; Reddit users Stevoisiak generated a list of games that will be affected by GameSpy shutdown. As of April 30; 15 games will be affected by the shutdown while the fate of over 33 games are unknown.
EA has confirmed that they plan to save the Battlefield-series by switching them to Origin servers. It has also been confirmed that Rockstar Games and Activision will not be affected by the shutdown.
Nintendo will be abandoning titles that rely on GameSpy servers while Crytek has confirmed it will abandon Crysis and Crysis 2. Meanwhile SEGA and Namco Bandai have begun looking into their options but they may abandon the games if its not financially viable.
GameSpy is an online multiplayer service that has hosted over +100 games. It's scheduled to be shutdown on May 31, 2014 and many games will no longer have an online multiplayer feature unless the publishers have switched to alternative servers.
Saints Row 2 is set five years after the original game and follows the player as they try to rebuild the Saints criminal empire. The game set the tone for the series by having the player build their own criminal empire.
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