What happened now? Epic Games has announced that it will begin shutting down what it calls “legacy” online services and servers for many of its legacy games. Most games will still be playable offline, but not all.
Starting January 24, 2023, all online services will be disabled in the following games, unless otherwise noted:
- Unreal Tournament Game of the Year Edition
- Unreal Tournament 2003
- Unreal Tournament 2004
- Unreal Tournament 3 (Epic plans to bring back online features through Epic Online Services in the future)
- unreal gold
- Unreal II: Awakening
- 1000 tiny claws
- Dance Central 1-3 (Multiplayer Online Dance Central VR will remain available)
- Rock Band 1-3 (Rock Band 4 online multiplayer will remain available)
- Green Day: Rock Band
- The Beatles: rock band
- Monsters (probably) stole my princess
- Supersonic acrobatic combat vehicles with rocket engines
The epic has already begun removal affected games from digital storefronts and disabling in-game DLC purchases. The Mac and Linux versions of Hatoful Boyfriend and Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star were also retired, as was the mobile game DropMix. Battle Breakers will close on December 30th and Epic will refund any in-app purchases made within the last 180 days.
However, it doesn’t end there, as Unreal Tournament (Alpha), Rock Band Blitz, the Rock Band Companion App, and SingSpace will also be closed and unavailable on January 24th.
Epic may be working on a solution to appease disgruntled Unreal Tournament fans. List for Unreal Tournament 3 X appeared on Steam and is described as a free version of the classic first-person shooter with more than half a dozen online multiplayer modes, as well as support for cross-platform play between Steam, the Epic Games Store and GOG. Curiously, the notice states that the game is no longer available on the Steam store, and lists the release date as November 19, 2007 – the same day that Unreal Tournament 3 was released.
Could Unreal Tournament 3 X be a remnant of the long-abandoned free-to-play Unreal Tournament that we first heard about in 2014, or is it just an updated version of UT3 with crossplay?