2K Games to shut off servers for NBA 2K11 (2011's 12th best-selling game) later this month

Developers try and give a game's online servers a few years before they unceremoniously yank out the plug. Developers can't be expected to continue putting money into empty servers forever, so it eventually has to happen, but the hope is that they'll wait until the servers are just that – empty. Generally, we'd hope that developers wouldn't turn the servers off for a 13-month-old game, especially one that's currently the 12th best-selling game of the year. And yet, that's just what 2K is doing with NBA 2K11.

2K Games' plans to shut down the servers later this month is a strange move. While it technically makes sense, with NBA 2K12 on shelves and arguably better in just about every way, 13 months seems like a remarkably short amount of time, especially when the NPD says that it's one of the best-selling games of the year. The reason shutting servers down is usually acceptable is because sales drop off after the first few months. This simply isn't the case with 2K11, and 2K Games has to know that. If millions of gamers bought the game within the last few months, shutting off the game's servers now is a slap in the face.

Making things even worse is the sad state of 2K12's servers at launch. When it was first released game had numerous online problems, something 2K has acknowledged at the time. The issue led to many choosing to simply stick with 2K11 instead of jumping over to the new version. While they were the minority, it's still a shame to see them cut off so early.

The servers are to shut down later this month, and we'll be sure to let you know if anything changes. Who knows? Maybe they'll respond to the outcry and let 2K11 fans keep playing, at least for a few more months...


  • WOFxnine - November 4, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    I really dont like this. 11 is so much better than 12, i think they should atleast fix the problems with 12 before dropping the server for 11...........
  • angelusdlion - November 3, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    Hey how else are they going to get you to buy the 2k12 version? But the truth is we think that online servers are a right when we buy a game and they most assuredly are not.
  • FoxdenRacing - November 4, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    True, but at least in the case of Xbox Live (I can't speak for PSN), there's no excuse for it. Matchmaking is built into the Live architecture, and any program with fault tolerance would do little more than say 'that sucks' and keep going if proprietary stats servers or what have you stopped working. I'll doublecheck when I get home, but the last time I tried to play PGR3...*after* Bizarre's demise...the matchmaking still worked. The tournaments [proprietary server] didn't, mind, but matchmaking did. It's amazing how much has changed. 10 years ago, any networked game that didn't ship with LAN and/or dedicated server support was a laughingstock of the industry. Today, having the latter rented to us is trying to be passed off as a rare treat.
  • 435 - November 3, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    I don't even care about sports games, and even I know this is ten tons of bullsh!t in a three ounce glass.
  • LSZ - November 3, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    It's not like they every worked well anyways. I loved 2K11 but found it almost impossible to connect to other people online. Their awful lobby system didn't help things either. After reading that 2K12 was even worse in the online department, I decided to pass on the series this year. Great series games with one huge flaw that no one seems to give a damn about.
  • twinkletitsMcGee - November 3, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    wow they are on top of the NBA world right now and they decide to do this.
  • D0CCON - November 3, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    I have a friend who won't like this, but since he got Madden 12 and the new COD to look forward to, I don't think he'll mind.

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