Darkspore is no more – well, it will be shut down next week


Maxis-developed action RPG Darkspore is shutting down for good as of next week, ending the game’s five-year run.

The titles in our list of the best free games on PC haven’t been shut down yet, so drown your sorrows in videogames.

“Today, we are announcing that we will be closing the doors on Darkspore, effective March 1st, 2016. It’s been a great run and we hope that you have enjoyed your time with Darkspore,” EA wrote on the Darkspore forum back in December.

“While it can be hard to say goodbye, keep in mind there are tons of awesome games available for free on Origin. Enjoy 48-hours of fun with Game Time titles such as The Sims 4 and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare or download the latest Origin On the House release and add it to your library.”

It’s just one of those things. If a game requires servers to work, you have to assume it’s not going to be around forever. Once that player base drops off and it no longer makes sense from a business perspective the suits will pull the plug. Darkspore clearly just wasn’t doing the numbers anymore, though it is sad to see a game just vanish out of existence like that.

Cheers, PCGamer.