UK developer Rebellion finds itself in a tough situation this morning. Multiplayer servers for its Sniper Elite game have been shut down at the request of Glu, but Rebellion claims it was not informed about the servers being closed. The company has apologized to owners of the game and is telling the community that the decision was made without its consent.
"A few weeks ago, the online multiplayer servers for Sniper Elite were suddenly switched off by Glu, the third-party service we had been paying to maintain them," said Rebellion senior producer at Steve Hart in a statement to the community. "For the past seven years we have run these servers at a cost to ourselves so that fans of Sniper Elite could continue to play online for free. This decision by Glu was not taken in consultation with us and was beyond our control."
Glu, which owns multiplayer services provider Gamespy Technology, also shut down the servers without letting fans know that it would happen. Players are also saying that servers for the games Hidden and Dangerous 2, Wings of War, SWAT 4, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Battlefront and Flight Simulator X have also been shut down.
Hart goes on to say that his company has been talking to Glu to try and get the servers for its game turned back on, and that there is no other alternative because they would have to redesign the game to use different multiplayer servers to the cost of "tens of thousands" of pounds a year.
"We have been talking to [Glu] since to try and get the servers turned back on," continued Hart. "We have been informed that in order to do so would cost us tens of thousands of pounds a year – far in excess of how much we were paying previously. We also do not have the option to take the multiplayer to a different provider. Because the game relies on Glu and Gamespy's middleware, the entire multiplayer aspect of the game would have to be redeveloped by us, again, at the cost of many tens of thousands of pounds."
Glu seems to be going through a tough period right now: last month Glu it cut jobs at its Kirkland, Washington and San Francisco, California offices and closed its San Paulo, Brazil operations.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.