Some Online Modes In Older Rockstar Titles Will Be Affected By Gamespy Shutdown, GTA V Is Safe
Grand Theft Auto V is unaffected by the upcoming shutdown of Gamespy's online server services, but some older Rockstar games will be.
Rockstar recently issued a statement on its website outlining in small detail its plans to continue supporting some if its older games.
Our teams are currently working to patch specific older titles to keep the transition as smooth as possible and minimize the impact to online-enabled play and your in-game experience. The majority of changes will be in the form of Rockstar Games Social Club services, including stat tracking and leaderboards.
Games affected include Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, Midnight Club Los Angeles, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS and PSP Only), Beaterator, and Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition. For some games, multiplayer on certain platforms, features related to Rockstar's Social Club systems, and leaderboards will be removed entirely. You can check out the detailed list of resulting changes to each off the games by heading here.
This will certainly be disappointing to players who have enjoyed playing these games online, in some cases, for years. Hopefully Rockstar can restore some of the affected features in the future, but I wouldn't count on it. Rockstar's main online objective at the moment is to keep Grand Theft Auto V running smoothly – something it has been doing well since the game's early stumbles.