Players of 2K14 are now once again able to access their single-player careers.
Yesterday MCV reported that 2K's activation of the game's online servers had a particularly nasty side-effect – players found themselves unable to access their offline career progress as the way the game was built meant that the title would check in with the servers upon loading.
Fortunately, full functionality was restored to the game overnight. And better still, 2K has said that it will extend the time it offers online support for its titles.
2K has restored the NBA 2K14 servers and all online services,” the publisher told MCV. Beginning today, we are extending the support of all NBA 2K servers from 18 to 27 months following each release, giving our players more time to experience and enjoy the highest rated NBA simulation video game franchise.
The opinions of our community continue to have a positive impact on our business decisions as we strive to create the best possible experience for all of our fans.”
The shut down had initially occurred on March 31st, just 16 months after the game was first released. 2K had previously said that the move would not affect single player games.
The length of time that publishers are continuing online support for new releases is diminishing overall. There are two factors at play here – more online games means increasingly split player bases, so communities are abandoning games faster than they were before.
In addition, more online titles means more severs for publishers to maintain, escalating the cost of supporting legacy titles.