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Club Penguin shutting down March 29th

In a post to the official Club Penguin site on January 30th, 2017, the team announced that the long running online social space would be shutting down at the end of March.

As part of the launch of Club Penguin Island in March, we will be transitioning to an entirely new platform, and, we’ve made the decision to discontinue the current Club Penguin game on desktop and mobile devices on March 29, 2017.

New paid memberships were disabled at the time of the announcement but anyone (with or without an account) can still log in as Club Penguin winds down with a “Waddle On Party” through March 29th. The team is also using this announcement to encourage pre-registration for Club Penguin Island and have confirmed that existing accounts will not be carried over to the new game.

I’ve got a game page added to the site and the date is on the Watch List calendar.

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Doubtful as I was, Disney has stuck to their promise to keep the community updated as Disney Infinity nears its inevitable online shutdown in March of 2017. In their original announcement the Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 and 3.0 were to remain fully playable offline after September 30th. Disconnecting the online features has apparently been a bigger ordeal than expected and Disney has temporarily removed both titles, issuing the following explanation:

As of September 30, 2016, Disney Infinity 2.0 on Steam will temporarily be unavailable to play or purchase. […] Disney Infinity 3.0 will remain playable but will temporarily be unavailable for new downloads. DLC purchases from the Steam storefront and in-game will also be unavailable.

If you have purchased Disney Infinity 2.0 [or 3.0] prior to September 30, 2016, you will be eligible to receive a free Gold Edition of Disney Infinity later this year. The Disney Infinity Gold Edition will allow you to enjoy all Disney Infinity Playsets, characters, and Power Discs at no additional cost.

Please note that the Gold Edition will also include necessary changes to Online Features, which will allow you to continue to play through your adventures once Disney Infinity Servers have been shut down.

For a limited time, you will be able to transfer your Disney Infinity 2.0 [or 3.0] save progression to the new Gold Edition to ensure all your Play Set and Toy Box progress is not lost.

Please check Steam and the Disney Infinity website frequently as we will provide the Disney Infinity community with news and status of the game across all platforms should the status change.

It’s commendable that Disney would go to the lengths to create whole new versions of the game to allow fans to keep playing after the online service shutdown in 2017. While their plans to bring the titles back could still fall through it’s nice that they didn’t simply pull them offline at the first signs of trouble.

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After shutting down the development of Disney Infinity in May — along with the game’s developer Avalanche Software — the company announced their roadmap for the title’s availability and online services on Friday, July 29th. The timeline that Disney released is self-explanatory but the big news two-fold. Firstly, the PC, iOS, Android, Amazon, Apple TV, and Windows 8 & 10 versions of the game will all be unplayable by March 2017 or sooner. Secondly, the game’s community features and online play, arguably the most interesting aspects of Disney Infinity, will be removed from all versions of the game by September 30th, 2016.

I did a little digging through the Infinity FAQ and was able to detail some of the more vague points from their press release. The console and handheld versions of Disney Infinity (those for Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox platforms) will remain playable and available for download after March 3rd, 2017. Furthermore, game updates for those versions will also remain available so when you find a sealed copy at a yard sale in 2020 you can expect to download plenty of patches when you finally crack it open. Included in the “online services” that will be terminated by March 3rd are the stats, activities and player details for all versions of the game currently available on the Disney Infinity website.

Below is the full timeline released by Disney:

As of July 29, 2016

  • No in-game purchases can be made within the PC, Steam version of Disney Infinity 2.0, iOS, Google Android, Amazon Android and Apple TV versions of the game as this feature has now been removed
  • You can continue to make in-game purchases within the Steam version of Disney Infinity 3.0.

 

As of September 30, 2016

  • You will no longer be able to log in to play the PC, iOS, Apple TV, Google Android and Amazon Android versions of Disney Infinity, these will no longer be available on the respective app stores
  • The Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 & 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of all online services and community features as these will be discontinued.
  • The Disney Infinity Community team will no longer be reviewing or approving any new Toy Boxes that are submitted to Disney for all console, mobile and PC versions of the game.  However if you are playing on any console, Apple TV or Windows 8/10 versions of the game, you can continue to download your favorite Toy Boxes from the Community Content section until March 3, 2017

 

As of January 3, 2017

  • No in-game purchases can be made within the Windows 8/10 versions of the game as this feature will be removed

 

As of March 3, 2017

  • Apple TV and Windows 8/10 versions will no longer be available, supported or playable
  • All Disney Infinity online services and community features for all versions will be discontinued

 

I’ll add all these dates to the Watch List calendar and post again as each milestone gets closer.