Sony Killing MLB 14 Servers One Year After Release

For MLB 14 owners, playing online will soon prove impossible just a year after release.

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ValKilmer1366d ago

Wow, so games only have a one year lifecycle now?

That's terrible any way you slice it.

freshslicepizza1366d ago

if nobody plays then they can make a case but just to push people to buy the new one is not cool. good thing you can still play offline

XBLSkull1366d ago

Asking for a game boycott right there. Better lower your sales expectations for MLB 15 now Sony...

tinynuggins1366d ago

Seriously, MLB the show fans should raise hell so this doesn't become a trend.

Omegasyde1366d ago

It might be servers just in europe though look at the source.

I cant imagine an american baseball game doing well over.

Bigger news is that socom is officially dead and you can no longer go onle for ANY resistance games.

ChronoJoe1365d ago (Edited 1365d ago )

If it's just in Europe then I should let you know, they don't actually sell this game at retail over here. It's terribly unpopular in the UK.

Hardcoregamer missreporting things, again!

It would be worth reaching out an asking them to clarify if this is just UK, or Europe, or worldwide, but for the moment it's only on the UK Playstation site, so it seems unlikely they are shutting the servers down for the USA. If they were, it probably wouldn't be the UK site providing that information.

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mushroomwig1366d ago

'so games only have a one year lifecycle now? '

Sports games have always had a one year lifecycle.

ValKilmer1366d ago

I have friends who still play Madden 2012 online.

Not everybody can afford to buy roster update every year.

tinynuggins1366d ago

Doesn't matter, you don't take down the severs a year after the game launches. You're basically saying that if you want to play online you're just going to have buy our game every year. Kind of messed up.

HeavenlySnipes1366d ago

People are disagreeing but the NBA2k games die like a month after the next one releases, and I think its the same for Fifa

People think this is bad because they're not used to the online structure of sports games. Most people that play them buy them every year, it doesn't make sense financially to keep servers up for the minority that haven't moved on (plus they wouldn't even be able to support the old game any more)

MysticStrummer1366d ago

What Snipes said. I don't doubt that some people keep playing the older games, but I would bet that most sports game fans do move to the newest one every year.

Why o why1366d ago

People shouldn't be forced.....I agree with peoples angst.

andibandit1366d ago


Fifa does not die down after a month

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EvilWay1366d ago

Well let's be honest here. The servers for MLB the show are pure trash. The game is basically umplayable online because of the lag and delay.

Don't say it is my internet because I have150down 50upload and my friend has the same thing and we live like 15 minutes away still unplayable.

They need to invest in new servers because I never had this problem with 2k baseball it was usually playable, 2k basketball is another story however

ChronoJoe1365d ago

That doesn't make much sense because when you play 1 on 1 games it's always peer to peer, not routed through Sony's servers. Maybe the netcode is bad on the newer version, but it would not be the servers, causing your issue.

I haven't played the PS4 game, but when I played MLB 13 on PS3 it was always free of any visible lag. Perhaps it's a circumscribed netcode issue causing your difficulty.

CaptainObvious8781366d ago

You're better than this sony.

Not happy one bit.

spacedelete1366d ago

this is what happens when devs turn game into a service. they expect you throw away hundreds of dollars only to later say they are making the game obsolete and to do the same thing for their new version.

ThunderPulse1365d ago

I was going to buy MLB14 to play Co-op with a friend online so this is BS.

ManOfTheYear11365d ago

I have been so disappointed with Sony's last 2 MLB The Show titles I have gone back to playing MLB 2K13 which servers are STILL running. I played an online match last night. It even still has a pretty good community.

Sony FORCING their customers to have to upgrade to the next iteration if they want to play online (Which has always been crap due to either Sony's servers or a consistent issue with every MLB The Show title).

I have sworn off MLB The Show until they make a PS4 version from the ground up (Not ported from the PS3) and actually make better servers.

garos821365d ago

especially for the prices they charge for them these days

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4logpc1366d ago

Thats terrible Sony, Not everyone grabs the lastest version the day it hits.

gangsta_red1366d ago

That really sucks for people still playing 14. I guess with The Show 15 releasing soon Sony wants to promote that more instead to it's users.

That's really concerning when you look at things like PSNow and other pushes in the digital space.

And the cover of The Show 15 has Yasiel Puig from the LA Dodgers!? Instant fail!

Automatic791366d ago

I don't agree with this at least let the servers stay on for 5 years.

chrismichaels041366d ago (Edited 1366d ago )

The majority of the MLB The Show fanbase upgrade every year. For those gamers that dont really play online and are more into just casually playing the single player modes like Road to the Show, Franchise and Season Mode....they are not affected by this.

Also, thanks to the introduction of Share Play, older MLB The Show games dont even need an online anymore. You can just Share Play and virtually coach co-op against any of your friends whenever you want.

If we're talking about games like Uncharted, Killzone or The Last of Us, I agree the servers need to stay on long term. But for a yearly sports franchise, you dont need 5 year servers. Lets be realistic. Its 2015. How many MLB The Show fans are still playing MLB09 The Show?

LifeInNZ1366d ago

Some things you can defend...this is not one of them. This is NOT for the gamers.

chrismichaels041366d ago (Edited 1366d ago )

@Lifeinnz Im not defending anything. I understand the principle as to why this would upset some people. But yearly sports games arent like other games that only come out once every few years and need a longterm online.

For me personally, Im a big baseball fan and my friends and I all update MLB The Show every year, so this really isnt an issue for me. If some other MLB The Show fans dont agree, thats fine. I accept that my opinion is in the minority on this specific issue.

Automatic791366d ago

Games like MLB deserve long online service. A game like Mlb deserves at least a five year commitment, the biggest reason is that this game comes out every year and not all gamers play/buy it every year. If this is what they plan on doing going forward they might not see my business. @Chris a lot of us don't agree with your logic sorry.

WCxAlchemist1366d ago

One baseball games dont sell anymore case in point mlb 2k 2. Not a whole lot of ppl are playing mlb the show rite now.

But 1yr later Damn Sony is the struggle that real? But it does suck 4those who still play it