Sony planned to pull the hotfoot on Gravity Flee 2’s online servers subsequent week, but an impassioned campaign from the game’s fanbase seems to be to maintain prolonged the game’s existence.
Gravity Flee 2’s online aspects had been place to switch unlit on Jan. 18, Sony launched aid in September. But Sony launched a swap of heart now now not up to a week earlier than the shutdown, announcing that the game’s servers will now live full of life till July 18 at 10 p.m. PT.
When Gravity Flee 2’s servers lastly conclude, players will now now now not be ready to behold leaderboards, decide up special pronounce material or ship every other various challenges. The extension counts as a serious take for the PlayStation four-inspiring’s fanbase, which has pleaded with Sony for weeks to contain Gravity Flee 2 alive.
For Gravity Flee Central, a younger, tiny fan community centered all over the two Gravity Flee games, the extension feels cherish a serious, personal success. It’s managed to perform a huge effect thanks to its founder, who launched a hashtag campaign on social media that encouraged fellow followers to perform their love for the franchise identified.
“Sooner than the game’s open, the game’s director Keiichiro Toyama acknowledged that ‘loads of work went into online aspects that allow for asynchronous participant interaction,’” Gravity Flee Central founder Miguel (aka “Draikin”) said final month in a post, hoping to provoke fellow players. “All that work is set to be thrown away. And making an strive forward, if Sony is already pulling toughen for the gain system of the game, it’s questionable if they’ll ever need to make investments correct into a future sequel.”
There was as soon as silent time to convince Sony now to now not renounce on Gravity Flee 2, Miguel argued. With the Jan. 18 shutdown date silent a whereas away, followers would perchance well per chance open voicing their toughen for the game, optimistically gaining Sony’s consideration earlier than it was as soon as too late.
#DontForgetGravityRush was as soon as born. Miguel requested that all people tweet at Sony’s Japanese division and president Shuhei Yoshida with the hashtag to perform them attentive to the contingent that desired to contain Gravity Flee 2 from going offline.
But it was as soon as tiresome going first and major, Miguel suggested Polygon.
“I knew it would perchance well per chance be unlikely for Sony to respond straight, as acknowledging that the extend of the closure was as soon as an instantaneous result from the #DontForgetGravityRush campaign would perchance well per chance give followers of different games the premise of initiating a same campaign,” Miguel said.
We’ve reached out to Sony about whether the hashtag performed a section within the extend and would perchance well seemingly update accordingly. Yet correct because the community bought ready to open its largest Twitter tactic but — tweeting “en masse” at Sony to acquire their consideration — Sony kicked aid the server shutdown date.
The six-month extend is a take for Gravity Flee Central, albeit a favorable one.
“It doesn’t essentially repair the issues that would perchance well seemingly be precipitated by the closure, comparable to fresh players being unable to produce irregular in-game pronounce material (comparable to costumes) and all the leaderboards being eradicated (although they’re silent online for Gravity Flee Remastered),” said Miguel. “But we’ll behold what the future brings.”
Gravity Flee’s future would perchance well now appear unlit. The sport is essentially single-participant and memoir-essentially based, so disabling its online system would perchance well now now not appear cherish a serious loss. But to just a few, it goes to also counsel a tiny participant inappropriate and meager sales. The sequel to an acclaimed PlayStation Vita game, Gravity Flee 2 didn’t gain the largest buzz when it launched in early 2017; Sony has now now not made sales records on hand.
It’s too early to jot down off Gravity Flee as a franchise, though. Miguel is optimistic that the influence of the campaign and server extend would perchance well per chance succor bolster ardour in this classy, irregular title.
“When Sony first launched the closure, it generally branded the game as a failure,” Miguel suggested Polygon. “Now, this info formulation the game and its community is now being featured in gaming media in a more sure means as soon as more. I hope that the game’s sales can add up over time.”
Polygon had some extreme followers of Gravity Flee 2 when it launched final 12 months; the game also made it onto our record of the 50 easiest games of 2017. It’s worth making an strive out, online mode or now now not — but now now not now now not up to you’ll silent be ready to perform a range to switch surfing, till July 18, anyway.