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Sierra Server Closures Planned

Sierra Community Forums have news that Sierra is planning on closing multiplayer servers for 21 different games as of November 1 of this year. There's no indication if this has to do with the Activision Blizzard merger or if this is normal end-of-life for supporting these games, but there are some noteworthy titles on this list (thanks Eurogamer). Here's the list of server on death row:

1. Alien vs Predator 2
2. Arcanum
3. Caesar IV
4. Dark Reign 2
5. Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom
6. Empire Earth
7. Empire Earth 2
8. Empire Earth: Age of Conquest
9. Ground Control
10. Ground Control2
11. Homeworld
12. Homeworld: Cataclysm
13. Nolf2
14. Red Baron
15. Sanity
16. Star Trek: Armada
17. SWAT3: EE
18. SWAT3: GOTY
19. The Incredible Machine
20. Tribes2
21. Vampire

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41. Re: DRM Oct 10, 2008, 00:03 Dittohead
 
I can't help but think this is falling on deaf ears.

No, no... it's preaching to the choir.
True enough.


 
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40. Re: remix those bitches Oct 9, 2008, 02:04 Beaner
 
Tribes 2 =(. We need to show peeps how to connect via IP. That Legions thing aint gonna do.

 
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39. Re: DRM Oct 9, 2008, 01:46 Bet
 
A lot of good games on that list.

My thoughts exactly. Got several of them installed at the moment, and am planning on reinstalling Homeworld and Ground Control sometime within the next few months (got the free Ground Control installer sitting on a HD ready to go). Wasn't planning on playing them multiplayer, but it was nice to know it was an option. Especially considering Homeworld came out over 9 years ago!

 
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38. Re: DRM Oct 9, 2008, 00:37 Dmitri_M
 
A lot of good games on that list.

 
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37. Re: DRM Oct 8, 2008, 23:00 Prez
 
Parker I'm trying to protest DRM; by any means necessary.

A noble and just venture if ever there was one.
 
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36. Re: DRM Oct 8, 2008, 22:32 Kxmode
 
Now imagine if you had a brain because then you'd realize that activation servers and multiplayer servers has about as much to do with each other as you with said brain

Parker I'm trying to protest DRM; by any means necessary.

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35. Re: No subject Oct 8, 2008, 21:34 nin
 
For what it's worth, Sierra did release some fairly cheap collections of many of the Quest games (at least SQ, KQ, PQ as well as LSL..... not sure if they did QFG collections though). They weren't complete though...... i.e. the Space Quest Collection is only 1-5, doesn't include 6, and also doesn't include the VGA remake of SQ1). For what it's worth, they seemed to essentially just be a DOSbox interface for playing the old games anyway, so it's not something you can't figure out yourself if you happen to still have the old Sierra games and DOSbox. But otherwise, not bad.

I got most of those for under $20 for each set, so yeah, it was a deal (though I think mine had the VGA SQ1 and not the EGA, but I could be wrong, it's been awhile).

But the Quest for Glory series was MIA from those reissues, at least here in the US.

But yeah, put em on GOG for $5 each and make a killing...
 
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34. Tribes 2 & Caesar IV Oct 8, 2008, 21:04 Elye
 
Tribes 2... That sucks... I still log in once in a while for some quick pickup game action. The game is still great. The T2 community at one time had the manpower to do something about this, but I doubt it can/will happen now. I guess I should log in and play a few more times before November comes and we can't play it anymore....

Caesar IV was so full of snore-sauce that I still feel cheated that I paid $10 for it in the bargain bin. Ceasar III was waaay better. No loss here...


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33. Re: No subject Oct 8, 2008, 20:44 Shadowcat
 
We requested the source code a few months back but were told by Sierra/VU that they couldn't be bothered to look for it in their archive.
Are you serious? Is that genuinely what they said?

If so, then that is just jaw-dropping.

If they seriously have no issues with people having the source code, but they can't be bothered finding it... My god. These people have no heart (and no love of games).

 
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32. Re: No subject Oct 8, 2008, 20:41 TomHandy
 
For what it's worth, Sierra did release some fairly cheap collections of many of the Quest games (at least SQ, KQ, PQ as well as LSL..... not sure if they did QFG collections though). They weren't complete though...... i.e. the Space Quest Collection is only 1-5, doesn't include 6, and also doesn't include the VGA remake of SQ1). For what it's worth, they seemed to essentially just be a DOSbox interface for playing the old games anyway, so it's not something you can't figure out yourself if you happen to still have the old Sierra games and DOSbox. But otherwise, not bad.

I agree, would be nice to see them on GOG, perhaps with more effort put into making them easy to run, and a more complete collection.

 
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31. Re: DRM Oct 8, 2008, 20:37 dubfanatic
 
I can't help but think this is falling on deaf ears.

No, no... it's preaching to the choir.

 
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30. Re: DRM Oct 8, 2008, 20:24 CJ_Parker
 
Now imagine if these games had DRM and online activation

Now imagine if you had a brain because then you'd realize that activation servers and multiplayer servers has about as much to do with each other as you with said brain .
 
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29. Re: DRM Oct 8, 2008, 20:14 Dittohead
 
DRM needs to die... now
I can't help but think this is falling on deaf ears.

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28. No subject Oct 8, 2008, 20:12 Dittohead
 
Sierra fucking sucks!

 
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27. DRM Oct 8, 2008, 18:53 Kxmode
 
Now imagine if these games had DRM and online activation

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26. Re: No subject Oct 8, 2008, 18:24 xXBatmanXx
 
I want all of the Quest games (Space, King's, Hero's/QFG, Police) and LSL on GOG, and I want them there now

Seconded....some of the best games ever made.
 
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25. Free Releases? Oct 8, 2008, 18:06 Nighthawk
 
It would be nice to see them release the games for free (like what's been happening lately with Midway).
I think they've released Ground Control already, and I would love to have AvP2 and the Homeworld games...

 
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24. Re: remix those bitches Oct 8, 2008, 17:38 Jerykk
 
A lot of those games could be remade to today's graphic/UI standards

Mmm... fully 3D Arcanum would be sweet. That game's world is begging for a good 3D remake. Fully voice-acted, too. I'd buy it.

 
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23. No subject Oct 8, 2008, 17:22 Dev
 
Quboid:
Counter argument for that would be that they are doing a big EOL and doing it retroactively and saying anything made before a certain date is EOL.
Not saying thats the case, just saying it COULD be.

Also arcanum is a RPG kinda game like fallout or baldurs gate kinda thing.

 
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22. No subject Oct 8, 2008, 17:14 Donkey_Punch
 
This is a real shame. A small team of people had started work on upgrading Swat 3 and now it seems the work was for nothing.

We requested the source code a few months back but were told by Sierra/VU that they couldn't be bothered to look for it in their archive.

The fans could fix the game and run our own servers but we were never given the opportunity.

 
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