Epic has announced the closure of the servers of a handful of old games, as well as their withdrawal from stores.
Among those affected is the Unreal series, so fundamental to understand the story of Epic;
They close and disappear from the first Unreal to the mythical Tournament, which from January 24 can only be played, if you already have them bought, offline or in local network.
Another of the games that leave is, curiously, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, the game with which Psionic rehearsed, without any luck, the same formula that would later give rise to the hyperpopular Rocket League.
Psionic has been owned by Epic Games for a few years.
The reason for these closures is the step to work exclusively with Epic Online Services, the collection of tools for online game that the company has been creating to offer a unified friends’ system, voice chat options and parental control and verification.
The games that fall outside these online services fall;
Some are Epic classics, such as the Unreal (the shooters that gave name to the graphic engine, today one of the best known in the world), and others are of studies that the company has been buying, like Harmonic.
The list of games affected by this measure is as follows.
1000 tiny claws
Central dance 1-3
Green Day: Rock Band
Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess
Rock Band 1-3
The Beatles: Rock Band
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
Unreal II: The Awakening
Unreal Tournament 2003
Unreal Tournament 2004
Unreal Tournament 3
Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition
There are some asterisks.
The Central VR dance multiplayer will continue to be available, they warn;
The same with that of Rock Band 4. There are other games that have gone, such as the versions for Mac and Linux of Hateful Boyfriend and Hateful Boyfriend: Holiday Star or the Mobile game for Drop mix;
The reasons for these withdrawals are less clear.
Unreal Tournament 3 leaves, but will return soon with a version that Epic Online Services will use and allow cross play between platforms within PC: you can play freely between Steam, Epic and GOG.
The version that was called Black until now is known as Unreal Engine 3 X, and although at the moment it is not available it is sold as a really free-to-play version of the 2004 game: without microphones of any kind or cut content, it is
The complete game, with everything I had before the withdrawal (campaign for a player included) but without price.
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