No online multiplayer lasts forever, and the same goes for even the most critically acclaimed games. Games that stay relevant for a long time tend to see the lifespan of their multiplayer offerings massively extended. However, there will inevitably come a time when publishers and developers decide to change direction and shut down online servers. Developer Firaxis has now made this reality painfully clear, as it has decided to discontinue online multiplayer support for the Steam version of his beloved turn-based strategy game XCOM 2. This also applies to the “challenge mode” that comes with the War of the Chosen expansion.
Firaxis revealed this news in a brief official statement on the official website XCOM Twitter account. According to the developer, the game will receive an update on March 28 that will remove player access to these online modes. The developers went on to note that while this decision was not taken lightly, it will allow them to “refocus [their] Resources.”
Additionally, Firaxis clarified that players can still access these modes on the console, Mac, and Linux versions of XCOM 2. Players who own these builds will likely feel relieved about this for now, but it probably won’t be long before their servers go down as well.
You can still access the game, of course
The eventual shutdown of the multiplayer servers will not XCOM 2 unplayable, as players can still experience the game’s robust campaign mode. But the decision will inevitably disappoint players who enjoyed those multiplayer modes and considered them an important part of the game. XCOM 2 experience. It remains possible that a dedicated part of the XCOM 2 community will move and preserve the game’s servers themselves, but at least in an official capacity, the title’s multiplayer functionality won’t last much longer.
Firaxis is currently working on a new RTS, Marvel’s Midnight Suns. It is scheduled to land later this year.