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Sony Interactive Entertainment (formerly Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment) is a multinational developer and publisher of software and video games founded in 1993 to launch the original PlayStation. SIE has headed research and development, hardware and software publishing for all PlayStation platforms since. Today they are best known for flagship franchises including Uncharted, Gran Turismo, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf and exclusives like The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Until Dawn.


ModNation Racers & LittleBigPlanet Karting lose online play in July

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.

Gran Turismo 6 loses its online features March 28th, 2018

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.

Gravity Rush 2 Online Services Deadline Extended to July 19th

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.