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2K Shuts Down NBA 2K14 Servers

So NBA 2K14 won’t be joining us in 2016

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Donnywho1049d ago

Took a page right out of EA's playbook.

SunnyZ1048d ago (Edited 1048d ago )

Enjoy your full priced limited time only rented games LOL.

freshslicepizza1048d ago

you mean like the old sports games during the ps1, n64, snes and nes days that had no online at all?

SunnyZ1048d ago (Edited 1048d ago )

No?
You can still play those now granted you have the correct hardware...

They have taken out a HUGE part of the game, multiplayer. In this day and age, that is unacceptable.

It literally costs them nothing to have a few servers open for the few people that still wish to play their purchased game online with other people.

Shit the game is only what, 2 years old?

That's pathetic support.

If they wish to stop online gameplay, they should be required to release server software so people can host their own game servers.

bumnut1048d ago

How can you miss what did not exist?

freshslicepizza1048d ago

i am not agreeing with what they are doing but it is obvious they want people to buy the new games and not just keep playing online forever. this pushes people to play the new one or like i was referring to keep playing the old one but not online. so how is the game a waste or a rental if you can still play the game minus the online multiplayer?

this is another example of trying to keep revenue going in a market where costs keep going up to make these games. if a game is not functional at all because it relies on servers and they pull the servers then that is a better argument to put forward. then that means it is a rental.

online multiplayer has and always been a bonus in sports games but as a business it makes perfect sense for them to close their servers to help their business model. you want to have repeat customers and the tricky part with sports games is it is harder to convince gamers they need to upgrade each year because of incremental changes that some don't feel it's worth it. this is one way to try and push them but of course there are repercussions because many feel cheated now that their older games re useless. the industry really doesn't want people to sit idle with anything. they want people to keep investing. that's the business model with a lot of products.

Seraphim1047d ago

let me remind everyone nothing is obvious. Only 2k actually knows the numbers of active users still playing 2k14. It is an old games with 2k15 and this years 2k16 both [obviously] being out. So this is actually 3 years old in sporting years. Also it seems to me that like NHL & maybe even Golf that NBA is somewhat of a niche market in gaming and it's easy to consider that few if any are still online w/ 2k14. Either way we simply don't know. I personally don't like the idea of online games or games that require online connectivity because of this. However from a business perspective if it's no longer feasible to keep the servers dedicated to an older game no one, or very few are playing then it's time to shut down. After all you can go out and buy NBA 2k15 for $10-20 now? Even those who can't afford to upgrade annually can at least scrape up that to buy last years and stay online. Shite, I'd donate to someone who truly couldn't afford it.

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moomoo3191048d ago

Its ok I hated 2k14 it was complete ass. 2k16 is miles better you'd be doing yourself a disservice sticking with that old shit.

bumnut1048d ago

You are missing the point, they are forcing you to buy the next game which is wrong.

moomoo3191048d ago

This is not unheard of 2k has to pay for and maintain those servers. Its their perogative to shut down a two year old game. Get over it bro

bumnut1041d ago

No i wont get over it, it is wrong and you are an idiot if you suggest it is ignored.

moomoo3191041d ago (Edited 1041d ago )

What is so wrong? Companies do this to older games all the time. Its not like the moment 2k16 comes out they make 2k15 unplayable. 2k14 is two years old at this point, outdated, and was barely playable online the year it launched. 2k probably looks at the metrics, sees barely anyone touches that game, and so they stop supporting it. I really dnt understand your argument im sorry if u feel forced to abandon 2k14...

TeamLeaptrade1048d ago

I think it's pretty sad when they do this to a two year game. But I suppose, when they make yearly releases it's to be expected. But, there are games that still have servers up. I know it's not nearly the same, but I can still play Call of Duty 2 on the 360 online and there is still some people playing. That came out in 2005. A 10 year old game is still active with the sequels also active.

I would welcome a future where sports games just released new updates/add-ons instead of releasing new games each year. Just upgrade the graphics and so on and release a new game every few years maybe.

moomoo3191041d ago

The sports series really should be updateable platforms at this point instead of yearly releases. Problem is i imagine its way more profitable to sell a 60 game every year

Pro_TactX1048d ago (Edited 1048d ago )

Realistically, there probably were not enough people playing 2k14 to justify keeping the servers running. It's more practical to repurpose those servers for the newer games that more people play. I'm sure the vast majority of sports gamers moved on to 2k15 or 2k16.