Two game publishers have stepped up to save long-time fans from the GameSpy server closures. Both Epic Games and former GSC Game World have created solutions that mean fans of Unreal Tournament 3 and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trilogy can continue playing even after the original online servers have gone.
First up: Epic has booted up an in-house master server, to prevent another third party from shutting them down in future. If you want to play Unreal Tournament 3, you’ll need to download a new executable replacement file that redirects all the online play requests from the old server to the new one. (There is also a Windows Server file and a Linux Bin, if you’re into that sort of thing.)
We’re told the fix will work for both the Steam version of the game and the retail box copy, but Epic points out that you will need to re-register your username the first time you go to play on the new server.
When it comes to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., on the other hand, the game’s former developers have banded together to launch a new dedicated server as well as a patch that adds updated multiplayer clients. These apply to Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat – if you play any of these games on Steam, the updates will roll out without any further action required.