2K Games says that the upcoming shutdown of online-service provider GameSpy Technology (owned by Glu) will "temporarily" take Borderlands and several Civilization games offline. The publishing label of Take-Two plans to transition some of the affected games from GameSpy to Steamworks, while nearly 20 other titles will lose online support.
Eight games will lose online play temporarily while they are moved over to Steamworks. Those games are Sid Meier's Civilization 3, Civilization 3: Conquests, Civilization 3: Play the World, Sid Meier's Civilization 4, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Civilization 4: Colonization, Civilization 4: Warlords and the Windows PC version of Borderlands.
"During the transition, players will experience interruption of several features, including online play, matchmaking and voice over internet protocol (VOIP). Players will not experience interruptions to offline play," reads a blog post from 2K Games.
The PlayStation 3 versions of Borderlands and Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution will also go offline as of May 31, but 2K Games says that it is "currently investigating the technical feasibility of transitioning those titles."
Games that will permanently lose online functionality on May 31 are:
Close Combat First to Fight (PC / Mac)
Jetfighter 5: Homeland Protector (PC)
Stronghold 2 (PC)
Stronghold Legends (PC)
Top Spin (PlayStation 2 / PC)
Top Spin 2 (PC / Nintendo DS)
Vietcong Demo (PC)
Vietcong: Fist Alpha (PC)
Vietcong 2 (PC)
Vietcong 2 Demo (PC)
MLB Fantasy All-Stars (DS)
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (DS)
Major League Baseball 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars (DS)
NHL 2K10 (Wii)
NBA 2K10 (Wii)