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Red Dead Redemption and GTA 4 will be affected by GameSpy server shutdown

Rockstar titles Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Max Payne 3 will be affected by the GameSpy server shutdown on May 31; However, the publisher is working to transition the online systems for these games as a result.

While core online gameplay for these three games will be saved, some features will still be lost. This includes both Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 4's Social Club stat tracking, leaderboards and in-game Social Club services. In-game multiplayer leaderboards will also cease to be on the game's PlayStation 3 version.

Max Payne 3's online gameplay, on the other hand, will be removed fully on Mac platforms, while Social Club stat tracking and leaderboards will be unaffected.

Rockstar's older releases won't be as lucky, with these games seeing their online components shut down once GameSpy ceases operation. This includes Midnight Club Los Angeles on PlayStation 3, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on Nintendo DS and PSP, Beaterator and Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition.

GameSpy Technology has existed in some form since 1997, when it debuted as a listing service for Quake server IP addresses. It is a separate entity from the gaming site GameSpy, which was shut down by its parent company, Ziff Davis, in February 2013.

The service offers features such as multiplayer matchmaking, leaderboards and cloud storage across platforms including Android, iOS, Nintendo DS, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Windows PC and Xbox 360. Glu Mobile, a publisher of mobile games, acquired GameSpy Technology from IGN Entertainment in August 2012. At the time, GameSpy Technology had been integrated into more than 1,000 games.

Full information on the how Rockstar games will be affected by the server shutdown can be found here.

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