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'GTA 5' publisher talks patches and multiplayer server shutdown of other games

'GTA 5' single-player campaign
'GTA 5' single-player campaign
Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games, used with permission

A representative at Rockstar Games has commented in regards to the shutdown of GameSpy servers. According to a report from GameSpot on April 29, the recently-released PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of "GTA 5" won't be affected by the decision. However, "GTA 4," "Max Payne 3," "Red Dead Redemption" and other titles will be impacted.

GameSpy servers are mainly used for the Social Club services and leader boards in several video games from Rockstar Games. The shutdown would affect the stat tracking of "GTA 4," "Midnight Club: Los Angeles" and "Red Dead Redemption." The multiplayer would also be disabled for the Mac version of "Max Payne 3," PS3 iteration of "Midnight Club: Los Angeles" and other titles.

The internal studios at Rockstar Games is currently planning several patches for specific software products in order to address the removal of the GameSpy servers, which will take place by the end of May. However, the company did not provide a list of games that are going to be patched. The title updates are designed to smooth the transition as well as keep the impact of the shutdown minimal in terms of online experiences. You can find the full statement from the Rockstar Newswire website below:

We want to give everyone a quick update on the actions we’re taking in light of GameSpy and GLU Mobile’s decision to shut down their backend servers this coming May 31. While Grand Theft Auto V is unaffected, our teams are currently working to patch specific older titles to keep the transition as smooth as possible and minimize the impact to online-enabled play and your in-game experience. The majority of changes will be in the form of Rockstar Games Social Club services, including stat tracking and leaderboards.

Rockstar Games used different servers for "GTA 5" on the PS3 and Xbox 360. However, the "GTA Online" mode was plagued with several major issues at launch. Players were initially losing progress as entire characters were mysteriously deleted. A few hackers also took advantage of the servers for to gain illegitimate money and other types of exploits. To counter these problems, the development team at Rockstar North has been periodically releasing new patches.

Although "GTA 5" is only available for the PS3 and Xbox 360, several retailers may have leaked that the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions will be coming in the near future. Even without the other platforms, the video game has already sold more than 32.5 million copies around the world. You can find a screen featuring the campaign mode from the official Rockstar Games Twitter page with the image attached to the top of this article.

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