In an uncharacteristically outgoing move, Sony America has begun sending out emails regarding the end of online services for Warhawk, Twisted Metal, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and Sound Shapes. Previously scheduled for October 25th, PlayStation Europe first communicated the extension early in November but confirmation wasn’t clear if it was exclusive to that territory.
That confusion was apparently heard at Sony America who decided to send out the official word, even if they still haven’t updated all of the game’s PlayStation Store pages to reflect it. The body of the email we received today reads:
“We wanted to update you on a planned service shut down, which impacts online access for Warhawk, Twisted Metal, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and Sound Shapes. This has now been extended to January 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM PT.
Following this shutdown, Warhawk will no longer be playable unless the PS3 system is set to LAN mode for local network play. For Twisted Metal and PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, users can play the campaign offline as well as local (couch) multiplayer in split screen mode. For Sound Shapes, users will be able to play the campaign and all DLC purchases as well as create their own levels, however, users won’t be able to share their levels with the community or download community created levels.”
The dates on the Watch List calendar have been updated, as has our game page for Warhawk which is the only game of the lot to be delisted so far.
According to the recently updated PlayStation Store page for the game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is going to get a lot more lonely by the end of October. The update reads:
Online features for PlayStation All-Stars (PS3, PS Vita) will no longer be playable from October 25, 2018. Functionality will be affected in the following ways:
– You can play the campaign offline as well as local (couch) multiplayer in shared screen mode.
– You will not be able to host or join an online game.
For the time being, the game remains available to buy and download on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Given the third party characters included in the game, like BioShock’s Big Daddy and Ninja Theory’s version of Dante, it seems like only a matter of time before the entire game gets pulled from digital sale. For anyone worried about that eventuality, rest easy knowing that it’s at least available on physical media.
Sony Europe’s Decommissioned Servers page was updated recently and confirmed the end of online play for a pair of first-party kart racers. The original ModNation Racers on PlayStation 3 and its DLC have already been delisted from sale in North America and Europe but its online features will hold out a little longer. Unfortunately, there are conflicting dates at the moment with PlayStation.com (North America) indicating July 10th as the last day to play online while Sony Europe is now saying October 10th. These may be regional differences but if you plan to play, do it before July just in case.
Multi-player and all online features for this product will be terminated and will no longer be available on 07/02/2018. You will still be able to create content but will not be able to share it with other LBPK players.
Online play for LittleBigPlanet Karting has received the same fate — the plug will be pulled on July 2nd, worldwide — but the game has yet to be removed from sale on the PlayStation Store. Fortunately, being first-party titles, both games are readily available on physical media (ModNation, LBP Karting) and if you hurry, GameStop still has download codes for the games and a lot of their DLC (ModNation, LBP Karting).
Dates will be added to the Watch List calendar soon. Thanks to LotsaNintendo on Twitter for pointing out the news and this Destructoid post for a few additional details.