Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, Killzone 2 and 3 multiplayer out of the window. Sony's trend of shutting down servers continues as the games' servers are going offline at the end of first quarter of 2018.
Killzone series is one of the most recognizable shooter franchises for the ageing PlayStation 3, telling the story of conflict between Interplanetary Strategic Alliance and the Helghan Empire. In essence it is a futuristic version of World War 2 belligerents where ISA are the Allies and Helghast are the Axis forces.
Multiplayer servers are going down after almost nine years for Killzone 2 and seven years for Killzone 3, on 29 March 2018. These two games are the latest victims of the creative destruction path that was lately popularized in console world. Servers are shutting down left and right for older and/or deserted games, making room for newer content. Both instalments had a good run, but the time has come to put the old dog to sleep. Or two dogs in this case.
Guerilla expressed their gratitude towards the players with a message on their official site saying, ''As we near the end of the online lifecycle for Killzone 2 and Killzone 3, we’d like to express how grateful we are for all the support and feedback we’ve received from the community over the last eight years. Your enthusiasm is what drove us to hone our craft and grow as a studio. We hope you enjoyed playing Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 online as much as we did creating them.''
Singleplayer game modes of both games will remain unaffected, should your heart desire to revisit ISA vs Helghast conflict. Who didn't love some Space Allies vs Space Nazis action back in the day? I know I did. Rest in pepperoni Killzones.