Online-only games introduced players to an unfamiliar concept — that your favourite title could essentially “die” at the whim of its creators. Save for reverse-engineering or a gracious code donation from the developers, once the server lights go out, that game can never be played again. Daybreak’s MMO FPS PlanetSide met this fate mere hours ago.
After announcing last month that it would be shutting down the last PlanetSide server in perpetuity come July, the studio did just that today.
A number of players were logged in for the event, which Daybreak celebrated — so to speak — with a meteor storm that lasted until the final second. For those thirsting for nostalgia, check out the video above. I’d suggest muting the audio if you just want to see the fireworks.
Certainly not the most exciting exit for an MMO that wasn’t too far from the 15-year mark, but I suppose its better than nothing. Vale PlanetSide — I’ll miss the days when packing two Rocklet rifles and wasting MAXs was a valid, if foolhardy, strategy.