Sony's not doing itself any favours lately. DriveClub has been delisted from the PlayStation Store (slightly too soon in some parts of the world) and is due to have its servers switched off early next year. Now, the multiplayer servers for PS3 games Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and The Last of Us are having their plugs pulled too.
This was announced a few months back, but it'll still sting for those players that are enjoying the online side of these exclusives. We're unsure how populated each title's multiplayer offerings are, but Sony doesn't come off well -- especially as it's got a bit of a track record for doing this, these days. At least these games had a decent lifespan.
Today is the final day you can sign in to play online in this Naughty Dog trio. From tomorrow, those looking to play some Uncharted or Last of Us multiplayer will have to turn to the PS4 instead. Will you be playing these games online for one last time? Have you been playing them regularly? Form some factions in the comments below.
How old are the games?
Sony are being absolutely ruthless with this at the moment
@Flaming_Kaiser google is your friend
I'll keep saying it til my dying breath; The Last of Us has the best multiplayer suite as far as gameplay goes and it's a damn shame Naughty Dog f***ed it up as bad as they did.
Even though it's the PS3 servers, this just shows these games are on finite time depending on how much devs/publishers care to keep them up. I'd say I hope they'd do better with Part II, but I also have to ask who am I kidding.
This isn't the kind of cultural blow that was the Warhawk servers going down, but still not cool.
surprised they were not cut off ages ago they are pretty old.
That means that Uncharted multiplayer for the original games will be gone forever, because the Nathan Drake Collection on PS4 has no multiplayer component at all. That kinda sucks for anyone that might have wanted to go back and experience the multiplayer on PS3, but I guess all (good? I never had a PS3...) things must come to an end.
Meanwhile, Gears 3, 2, 1 servers are still kicking along with the Halo servers......
I know nothing about online infrastructure. But I wish Sony would have it set up so that they had a rotating list of their old games that would go online for a week or two each year. Some sort of ‘legacy server’ or something. That way the player base for those games would kick up for that one week so people could find a match and it would bring back the nostalgia feel for people and just look good on their end by not killing them completely.
They had a good run, as do a lot of multiplayer.
@knightwolf Kinda helps that those games are available on xbox one though, so not really a fair comparison.
@Stragen8 That's not a bad idea actually.
Shame.. Really enjoyed last of us factions. Never mind, change is the only constant.
Its been almost 6 years since ps4 came out and some of those games are 7-10 years old. No real reason to be upset or not understand this. Especially for games like this where MP was merely a compliment to the SP experience
@AdamNovice they've shut down ps4 servers already. Gravity Rush 2's didn't even make it to two years.
Well, I think it’s time to hop on one last time.
Sucks, I initially read that like they were you live tomorrow, like being added to the collection.
@CrimsonKing97 I’m right there with you. TLoU first 2 months were the best it ever was but post patch it is still my favorite multiplayer.
@Flaming_Kaiser makes no difference how old they are. If people still play them especially some family's who are still happy with the ps3 it's them I feel sorry for and yet another reason for consumerism to make people go buy a ps4 before the 5 comes out. It's pretty stupid and I own a ps3 and ps4. And yet I still use the ps3 when playing games with my son. As I use my ps4 for my own entertainment and yet I'm sick of this sony making u think ur buying a deal on the psn store just to give u two bloody games that I own already like paying fifty quid for detroit and I bought batman with all dlc for 15 pounds and within two months we get them free. So 65 pounds I could of spent on something else I wanted. But things are getting out of hand with games like control that are playing terrible and Sony want 59.99 whilst local shops are 42.99 sony need to wake up and fast. As its stupid people who think paying 100 pounds for a base game that's still unfinished is OK. Anthem legion of dawn edition cough cough. And fallout 76 even just cause 4 had major issues with frame rates. Sony need to sort this out ASAP. Xbox gold is way better yet I don't want a bloody brick in my hand for a controller. So I stick with Sony as per. But things need to change. Give people who own the games already a choice rather than two standard games that are always one mediocre and one none of us will litteraly play.
Ain't these games available on PS NOW ??? What if someone wanted to stream them and play online (if it's available in the stream version). Just because PS5 is out next year not many people can even afford a PS4 upgrade I won't even be getting a PS5 because I'm upgrading my pc best year and I've still got plenty of games left that will keep me going and that are single player too
I wish multiplayer parts where like add one of you want to play it you can download that part and the play. I only played Uncharted and TLOU for the story experience
Just a reminder that while the PS3 servers for TLoU are shutting down, TLoU Remastered on PS4 does have full online play just like the PS3 version (unlike the Nathan Drake Collection on PS4).
I've tried playing all of these games on the PS4 in multiplayer mode and they are pretty dead as far as player base is concerned. So, I could imagine how dead they are over on the PS3. While I hate to see the servers turned off on the small number of people still playing the online modes of these games, at the same time, coming from a financial point of view can understand as to why it's time for Sony to turn them off. Servers cost money, and very few players are accessing these servers, then there's very little point to keep paying to keep them online.
@panzermesiter74 - You tried playing ALL these games MP on PS4? No surprise it went badly when 2 of the 3 games don't even have MP on PS4.
@Flaming_Kaiser The Last of Us is from 2013. Uncharted 3 is from 2011.
@pepsilover2008 Except Gravity Rush 2's online part was very minor and on a game that barely sold. Sony were probably making a loss keeping those servers going.
@AdamNovice Except most companies wouldn’t shut them down like that. Especially something like the part of Gravity Rush rush that got shutdown. I’m losing faith in Sony online anything because of this. They say they want to make more online MP games, but they’re working hard to lose trust on the matter. I can’t think of another big company that has done something like this. Nothing that’s been reported on at least. They’re just cheap at this point and DriveClub is showing they’re not trustworthy with online. The gens not evens over.
@youreyesonly00 I believe that was rhetorical.
I hope Sony makes less games with online multiplayer or a online component as I know those will have a invisible countdown to shut down whenever they feel like it. I'm still pissed I wasn't able to get all the costumes in (the fantastic!) Gravity Rush 2 cause Sony wanted to save probably $.75 by shutting down the servers 😒
This is the whole reason I still only buy physical games! This is only the beginning...
@AdamNovice and Microsoft isn't losing money? If Sony's going to make people pay for online they really should be better about keeping servers up.
Online multiplayer is fated for every game so it's hardly a travesty that 10+ year old games on a discontinued system meet that time.
At least multiplayer was additional on these games and not core to the experience - think of all the games that need an Internet connection simply to bring you up the title screen... That form of DRM should be boycotted from the outset.
"We're unsure how populated each title's multiplayer offerings are, but Sony doesn't come off well"
This doesn't make Sony look bad one bit. Quit being so dramatic. These games are older than dirt at this point, and it is ridiculous that they have kept them going this long for a completely insignificantly sized userbase.
@SwanPrincess83 What are you talking about? This isn't about playing the games, this is about multiplayer content! And do you think that this is a new trend, of taking old multiplayer games offline when it's no longer feasible to keep them around?
I completely support the continued purchase of physical medium, and I do it too, but your doomsday scenario is completely irrelevant.
@SwanPrincess83 That makes no sense whatsoever. What difference does owning a physical vs digital copy make to online MP servers? Are you somehow magically still able to play on a closed down server if you bought a physical copy?
I don't like the path which the industry chooses to follow nowadays.
Uncharted 2 is a very special game to me. It was that game which showed me how fantastic are the videogames, how much fun is an online game like this.
I love this game, it has a very special place in my heart.
I'd subscribe to PS Plus only for this multiplayer (moreover, I'd pay more money for it), if it'd be available on PS4. (And no, I don't need the remastered version. The original port would be perfect for me.)
But from tomorrow, I can no longer(?) watch the Sanctuary map (which is the most beautiful map that I've ever seen), help others to unlock trophies, play Survival, Gold Rush, Siege or Co-Op Objective with new or good old friends......I can no longer enjoy this game.
And yes, I know. This multiplayer works since almost 10 years. It's a huge amount of time.
But the shutdown of the servers means to me as if I'd wipe out your favourite PS1 or PS2 game of all time and make it impossible to play it again.
End of an era.
@cuthbert um... what? Multi-player content is a game... you PLAY the ‘multiplayer content’. So I consider it a part of the game, which has now been taken away!
@Eldritch If you read the whole comment, it makes sense!
My concerns lay with the fact that Sony take away games on servers that are still populated. Next it will be games that will disappear without a trace!
@pepsilover2008 They can take the hit, besides their MP games tend to be more popular then Sony's. At the end of the day they have to do what's best in the long term.
@SwanPrincess83 It doesn't and they won't. Because any digital game I bought is stored on my personal harddrive that Sony has no access to. But whether I bought digital, or you bought physical, both of us lose the MP if they take it offline so how does owning physical make you better off? Same principle, I have a backup harddrive with my games on. So how are my games any more at risk than your physical copy? Simple answer... they aren't. Of course you can't back up your physical disk in case it gets scratched.
@Eldritch i found out about the PT demo about 1 month too late, so I miss out. However I had an inkling to play FFVIII before it was available on PS4, so I found a PS1 copy very easily on eBay! In 10 years, I doubt I’d be able to get a digital copy on there too.
And again, I recognise that both of us would lose MP, which is why I reiterate my first point (again)... this is how it starts!
Also, yes a physical disc can get scratched, if you don’t care for it properly, but the amount of HDs I’ve had that stop working or have had issues for no reason is the reason I stopped forking out $$$ on them!
The factually worst part of each of those games, and shouldn't have been bothered with during development, is being taken away. There's nothing bad about this. Multiplayer gaming is incredibly shallow and devoid of meaningful content. I personally hate GAAS but love how they're removing multiplayer from excellent single player games and herding non-gamers into a different format.
@SwanPrincess83 As you so aptly put it PT was not a released game, it was a demo. No one had paid for it, no one is entitled to it, as gutting as that is. So that doesn't work as an example. That's like saying you can easily buy an old car but you're annoyed because you can't buy a prototype. I'm into retro computer oddities. A while back I tried to find a screen saver I loved. Could I find the disk version, no, but I could get a digital copy. It's swings and roundabouts. Both physical and digital have the possibility of being pulled. The only way you're safe is if you purchased it beforehand because physical disks can become like gold dust. As for HDDs breaking, I've had well over a hundred in my time and only had two fail. But the sensible thing is to not have only one backup. That and to only buy Toshiba hard drives.
@Bobskie77 If its a few people why waste money on it. Yeah it sucks but its almost 10 years already for Uncharted 2 and 8 years for Uncharted 3.
Sony stinks of curruption and is rotten to the core, cant keep these games online but can keep their executive board in tact!
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