UPDATE: Maxis: We never abandoned Darkspore

In the wake of the game’s removal from Steam, developer Maxis has denied claims that Darkspore has been abandoned, instead announcing that a persistent play-denying issue has been fixed after months of gamer complaints.


Recently, Forum Moderator Inquisitor_Laine announced that Darkspore was “for almost all intents & purposes an abandoned title.”

Now though, taking to the game’s official forums, a Maxis representative suggests that’s not the case:

We recently resolved an issue that was causing some players to not be able to connect to the game. If you any encounter any other issues, please contact help.ea.com for customer support. We will continue to support Darkspore, so feel free to continue to discuss the game here.

A forum thread on the topic described the game-ending Error 3 bug affecting virtually every Darkspore gamer. The error prevents fans from saving their progress and is believed to be server-side, attached to EA‘s persistent DRM.

Publisher representative EA_Offspring – a new account created over the weekend – has now popped up adding conspiracy theories to the mix, while pointing out that Error 3 was fixed last week.

We found a problem on the back-end and fixed it Friday but someone here doesn’t seem to want the information to be sent out.

Another post suggests there’s some friction between EA_Offspring and Forum Moderator Inquisitor_Laine.

Politics and squabbling aside, the short version is: Darkspore is playable again.

Update: Maxis spokesperson Charlie Sinhaseni has posted a statement:

Darkspore is back up on Steam, and Maxis still continues our support for the game.

Indeed – if you want a copy of Darkspore to see what all the fuss is about, the game is available right now via Steam, either singly or in a four-pack for easy multiplayer.

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