Epic pulling the plug for over 20 online games next year

Epic Games is pulling the plug for over 20 online services, servers as well as older games early next year starting January 24th.

To be fair, this is a common practice within the industry. Video game publishers will shut down games that either doesn’t garner enough concurrent players or its constant requirement of developer support is no longer maintainable.

Which Epic Games features will cease to exist?

The series that are impacted most of all include classic Rock Band and Unreal Tournament titles.

Features such as online multiplayer as well as functioning leaderboards and content/support updates will no longer be available. What’s more, Epic looks to unite its most popular games with its Online Services including voice chat, parental controls and parental verification features.

However, there is some good news. Despite the online functions being switched off, Epic says that “most titles will be playable offline, while some will no longer be playable”. Some games will still support local multiplayer. Of course, that will vary from game to game.

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Here are the titles closing its online services from January 24, 2023:

  • 1000 Tiny Claws
  • Dance Central 1-3 – Note: Dance Central VR online multiplayer will remain available.
  • Green Day: Rock Band
  • Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess
  • Rock Band 1-3 – Note: Rock Band 4 online multiplayer will remain available
  • The Beatles: Rock Band
  • Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
  • Unreal Gold
  • Unreal II: The Awakening
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Unreal Tournament 3 – Note: We have plans to bring back online features via Epic Online Services in the future.
  • Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition

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