Catching up on another announcement I missed over the Christmas holidays, Polyphony Digital announced on December 28th that online services for Gran Turismo 6 would end on March 28th, 2018. The full announcement follows:
On 28 March 2018 at 12:00 UTC, the online services of the PlayStation®3-exclusive software “Gran Turismo 6” will come to an end. Prior to this on 31 January 2018, we will also end the distribution of downloadable content that can be used in-game.
After the end period, it will no longer be possible to utilize online services such as the Community, Open Lobby, Quick Match, and Seasonal Events. The offline portions of the game can still be played.
We would like to thank the many users of the Gran Turismo 6 online service since its first launch in 2013. From here on, we will continue to further improve the online services for the currently available title “Gran Turismo Sport”.
Released alongside Gran Turismo 6 was the Android and iOS app “GT6 Track Path Editor” which will also be removed from its respective mobile storefronts on March 28th. Even if you keep the app on your phone you will no longer be able to transfer data between it and the PlayStation 3 title after the 28th.
Gran Turismo 6 was originally released worldwide in December of 2013 and is currently the last numbered entry in the franchise. It was succeeded by Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation 4 which was released in 2017. Gran Turismo 6 will remain available to download from the PlayStation Store and on disc from retailers. I’ve added the dates to the Watch List calendar.
Originally planned to be shut down on January 19th, Sony has surprisingly extended the life of Gravity Rush 2’s online features by six months. According to the post made late last week on the game’s Japanese portal, the online leaderboards and challenges, “Photo Ghost” functionality, and the ability to leave treasure hints for other players will now be shut down on July 19th, 2018 at 1am EDT. You can see a screenshot of the in-game message delivered to players above, courtesy of USgamer.
When the original announcement was made the team increased the drop rate of “Dusty Tokens”, an in-game currency that is needed to unlock new costumes and can only be obtained through the online features. The updated post goes on to confirm that the drop rate will stay cranked up through the new July 19th deadline to help more players unlock the exclusive content.
If you’ve been meaning to get back to the game for a while or still haven’t picked it up you’ve got a short but much-appreciated reprieve to catch up! I’ve removed the original calendar entry and added a new one to the Watch List calendar for the updated cutoff.
Sony Europe has updated their game servers support page with details on some global changes to several first-party titles. Along with the previously announced retirement of The Tomorrow Children the page also confirms that PlayStation 4 exclusive, Kill Strain, will now shut down on December 18th after its previous deadline of June 1st was somehow extended. No explanation for the extension was given in this update.
According to the support page, the titles below will remain available for purchase for the time being (MLB 15 aside) but their online features are to be retired. These dates are the same for European and North American territories.
PlayStation 4 – Gravity Rush 2
You will no longer be able to use the online features for this title after 6am (GMT), 19th January 2018.
PlayStation 3, Vita – Everybody’s Golf/Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
You will no longer be able to use the online features for this title after 21st December 2017.
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita – MLB 15: The Show
You will no longer be able to use the online features for this title after 31st October 2017.
MLB 15’s online features may be retiring soon but in writing up this post I found it was no longer available for sale on the PlayStation Store for any platform. Dates are added to the calendar and pages for Kill Strain and MLB 15 will soon be on the site.
Q-Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment announced in a bi-lingual post on the game’s Japanese site that online service for The Tomorrow Children will end November 1st, 2017. As the game requires these online services to function The Tomorrow Children will be unplayable and Extinct after this date. The statement is sincere, if a bit boilerplate and vague:
“We would like to thank you all for playing The Tomorrow Children up until now. The Tomorrow Children development and operations team would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking part and enjoying our title since the service began in September 2016. We want to apologise to all of our users who still continue to enjoy this title and ask for your understanding with the decision to end the service.
There is only a short amount of time remaining, however The Tomorrow Children development and operations team hope that you can all continue to enjoy our title until the end of service. And we would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to you all who continue to enjoy and play our game.”
No further explanation has been given but due to the game’s free-to-play nature and grueling design choices, the decision was most likely made due to low retention of active players. The post also contains a timeline of important dates leading to the end of service starting with the July 6th announcement:
- July 6th, 2017 (Thu) – Service End Announcement (This Announcement)
- July 6th, 2017 (Thu) – “Thank You Sale”, discounted prices on DLC and Freeman Dollars through September 28th.
- September 28th, 2017 (Thu) – Removal of the Founders Pack, and Freeman Dollars from the PlayStation®Store, as well as end of new downloads for the title and special items. Share Play will not be able to play after this date.
- November 1st, 2017 (Wed) 17pm (Japan Team) – End of Service
There’s a good chunk of time left before the game shuts down so if you were ever interested, give it a go. It’s quite a punishing grind to get started (as it should be, given the subject matter) but there really isn’t anything quite like it. If nothing else it’s got a visual style that should be seen first-hand before it’s gone.
The game page is up and relevant dates have been added to the calendar. At least one hands-on video will follow before the game is gone.