With the prevalence of games using online features over the last few generations of consoles, there is no way that companies could keep servers going continuously with so many new games coming out each and every week. This has sadly meant the shutting down of servers for many games over the years, some more popular than others, and now it has been revealed that Sony is doing that with six particular games this summer.
As revealed by the official PlayStation website under the “Decommissioned Servers” section, they will be shutting down the servers for six different games across their three modern platforms on July 1, 2017.
Thankfully, the majority of these games are for PlayStation 3, which are High Velocity Bowling, Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest, Sports Champions, and Sports Champions 2.
High Velocity Bowling is definitely one of the older PS3 games, launching back in 2007 as a digital only game on PlayStation Network, though it received an update to work with PlayStation Move controllers in 2010. Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest came much later in 2011 as a physical release for PS3 from Zindagi Games, who also developed the other two games, Sports Champions and Sports Champions 2, which released in 2010 and 2012 respectively. While PlayStation Move support was added to High Velocity Bowling later, it was a launch feature for these three.
The lone PS Vita game on the list is ModNation Racers: Road Trip, which released in 2012 only a week after the PS Vita itself did in the US.
Lastly, the PS4 is also having the shutdown of servers with one game, Kill Strain, which is definitely the most disappointing loss on the list as it only released last July and is a MOBA like game that seems to rely on servers. The other five games should still be playable offline, but Kill Strain’s PlayStation Store listing now states “This game will no longer be playable on 7/01/17.” This was a free-to-play game, so it’s not like people paid for the game outright, but it’s still disappointing for a game that was published by SCEA to be gone this soon.