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Sony Online Entertainment shuts down four online multiplayer titles

Everquest Online Adventures for PS2 among the games that are getting culled

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has announced the closure of four titles: EverQuest Online Adventures for PlayStation 2, Cosmic Rift, Infantry, and Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. Sunset procedures are scheduled for March 29, 2012, with SOE terminating billing on Everquest Online on March 1. All official websites and forums related to the titles will be shut down, and SOE has no plans to allow the games to be licensed out for emulation.

"Each of these games shares a special place in both ours and our players' hearts. This is not an easy decision, but there comes a time when it's best for our developers to move on to the next adventure, and that day has come," wrote SOE in a farewell letter to fans of EQOA.

SOE will be offering three free months of Everquest or Everquest II Gold to current Everquest Online Adventures subscribers. More details on the shut down can be found at the Closure Announcement FAQ.

[Via Massively]

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 7 years ago
This is big news.
I remember the MMO gold rush, when lots of people lost lots of money.
These games cost immense amounts of money to develop and huge staffs to maintain.
And now social gaming is moving away from them.
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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam7 years ago
@Bruce

Everquest Online Adventures is 9 years old, on a platform that's no longer supported. Star Chamber is a 9 year old collectible card game they inherited from another company, and its last expansion was released 5 years ago. Cosmic Rift is 12 years old, Infantry 13, both are 2D top down games. Most of them are free to play. They probably cost next to nothing to develop and support by modern standards.

This isn't big news. This isn't news at all. It's incredible Sony have carried on supporting the titles as long as they have.
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Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios7 years ago
@Andreas - I agree, there is still a very large potential market for high production value MMO's. I've been spending what free time I have playing SWTOR since beta, and Bioware has not ceased to amaze since release. Granted EA shelled out about 300 million on the project, but I can honestly say I can see SWTOR as a big rival of WoW. I've never seen storytelling in an MMO that was so interactive and encompassing. The replay value is just incredible.

Bioware basically took a concept like WoW, added lightsabers and a lot of innovative ideas never seen in MMO's before.

Some others that have been in the works and rumor mills are MMO versions of Fallout and Warhammer 40k (which if THQ really wants to do they need to take a GOOD HARD look at the failures of Warhammer Online).
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 7 years ago
@john: the ps2 is still supported, it's still being produced and sold by son, and according to an article this week, they even have trouble supplying demand...
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Edward Buffery Head of LQA (UK), Testronic7 years ago
Yeah, fair play to Sony for keeping them running as long as they did to be honest! It's not like they don't have far newer and bigger games to be concentrating on.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
I agree with John's comment; this isn't particularly big news. The PS2 may still be being sold in some regions, but I doubt EQOA has a big audience, and even when it was first released it didn't make much of an impact.

As for the other games, well, to be totally honest I haven't heard of any of them. It's hardly indicative of SOE being in trouble or "social gaming" pulling the rug from under MMOs.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 7 years ago
Of course, it would have been cool if EQOLA had some sort of offline or local co-op mode so the 20 or so folks still playing the game (OK, not an actual estimate!) wouldn't have a completely dead game in their collections (well, other than to those who can set up a private network to adventure in).

otherwise, this isn't ANY big news at all. Hell, I thought they shut down that game long ago. Oh well... zzzzzzzz...
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David Amirian Writer 7 years ago
i played infantry and cosmic rift on my old crappy computer back in the day. they were basically top down shooters and you would just basically grind pvp. i didnt really understand them cause i was in elementary school, eventually just stopped playing cause my computer sucked or i died a lot or whatever.
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