Darkspore is no more - well, it will be shut down next week | PCGamesN

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.

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2 Years ago

Ah. Goodbye, Darkspore. I'm a little sad about this. I always felt that it was xenophobia that kept people from really enjoying this little gem. You know, the diegetic need to be "us" and enjoy familiar surroundings without a trace of novelty to be found. It's a remarkable risk to take to create a game that doesn't have a sole po-faced, average human in it.

Even entertainment aimed at kids is rarely that brave, these days. I've noticed that even Skylanders has become flooded with human characters. That cloying attachment to ourselves and need to flatter our species at every given opportunity is omnipresent, depressingly.

I subscribe to Freud's big thinks. I'm not a human flatterer, me. I mean, I look at the threat of natural human stupidity and the mess of dictators, con men, corporate stooges, world leaders, and other horrible things it's responsible for and it's hard to feel too impressed. An alien creature, though? An untapped potential laden with wonder and laced with awe, certainly enjoyed by the creative mind, I'd like to think. Though it isn't so.

I remember facepalming at the Mass Effect 3 brouhaha over and over thinking to myself "Christ, the glowing lines are symbolism, you bleeding dolts." or "Geez, there's enough technophobia here to create a neo-luddite cult big enough to rival scientology."

Fun times.

I'm a little bitter. I did like Darkspore. It was an average game, sure, but there have been many more average games forgiven for far greater sins by merit of having their main character be a boring old human. I enjoy the spice of playing something a little weird, even if it was... well, average.

The environments were pretty, the beasties were varied, and the gameplay was okay. I liked wandering around in it. I'll miss it, really, if only for the beasties and the environments.

I'm sad we can't get better games with alien critters.

Or even another bloody game where one gets to play as a dragon.