The GameSpy shutdown will claim another two titles. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Star Wars: Empire at War will lose multiplayer functionality after May 31st when GameSpy shuts down their multiplayer servers. Unfortunately, both titles were recently featured in the recent May 4th Star Wars Day Sale on Steam. The loss of service is especially galling in the case of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 because it’s a multiplayer-focused shooter with limited single player appeal. (There is a single player campaign of sorts, but it’s played against brain-dead bots.) At least with Star Wars: Empire at War, broken multiplayer won’t impact the primary mode of play which is the galaxy-spanning strategic conquest campaign meant for the solo player. Both games’ Steam listings have been updated to reflect the news.
As of May 31, 2014, online functionality, including network multiplayer and wireless chat, will no longer be available for this title. We regret any disappointment as a result of the shutdown of the services supporting these online features.
Unlike some newer games faced with the GameSpy closure, it appears neither title will be getting official publisher support to transition to a different multiplayer back-end solution.