With the news of the GameSpy serve shutting down on May 31st, 3 of Rockstar’s major titles will be affected, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Max Payne 3; However, the publisher is working to transition the online systems for these games as a result.
While the core online gameplay for these three games will be saved, some features will still be lost. This includes Social Club’s stat tracking, leaderboards and in-game services for both Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 4. In-game multiplayer leaderboards will also cease to be on the game’s PlayStation 3 version.
Unfortunately if your playing Max Payne 3 on Mac, online gameplay will be removed fully, while Social Club stat tracking and leaderboards will be unaffected.
Other Rockstar titles who will be affected by Gamespy shutting down include Midnight Club Los Angeles on PlayStation 3, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on Nintendo DS and PSP, Beaterator and Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition, whose online components will be shut down from 31st May.
If you don’t know what GameSpy is, it’sTechnology has existed in some form since 1997, when it debuted as a listing service for Quake server IP addresses. It is a separate entity from the gaming site GameSpy, which was shut down by its parent company, Ziff Davis, in February of last year.
The service offered features such as multiplayer matchmaking, leaderboards and cloud storage across platforms including Android, iOS, Nintendo DS, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Windows PC and Xbox 360. In August 2012, Glu Mobile, a publisher of mobile games, acquired GameSpy Technology from IGN Entertainment. At the time, GameSpy Technology had been integrated into more than 1,000 games.