Calling All Cars Servers to be Shut Down


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David Jaffe’s first and only title under the “Eat Sleep Play Studio” is going into silence.

Anyone trying to log on will be greeted with this message.

“On January 14, 2010 the servers for Calling All Cars will be taken off-line. We would like to thank ya for yar support.”

I always thought about getting this game but was waiting on a price drop. Ah well.


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


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  1. #1 by JimmyStewart on October 19th, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    Bummer. I got this one free with Qore, only played it once and not online. I guess I won’t be playing it online at all then. Always sucks to see some sense of finality to a game, even if it is only an online presence. I guess this is one of the downsides to the “free” online service, someone has to pay to run the servers instead.

    Maybe it’ll get David Jaffe to make something better… God of War continues to be one of my favorite franchises in recent memory. I don’t care if he re-invents that one or comes up with something even better, but I think bigger things should be in store for him than games like Calling All Cars.

  2. #2 by Darrin on October 19th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    Even the early previews of this game looked dumb.

    Jimmy, this isn’t really a downside of the PSN network… No one is playing the game. It’s unreasonable to think they are going to maintain this forever when people aren’t even using it.

  3. #3 by Trieloth on October 19th, 2009 [ 3426 Points ]

    This game is alot of fun playing with people at your house. I was done enjoying the game a while ago. I figured they would have had another one by now. Oh well
    Jimmy, dood theres games on the 360 that dont have servers anymore. And people pay for that service.

  4. #4 by francois on October 19th, 2009

    Too bad, this Cop and Robber game is very fun. At least we can still play split-screen.

    Last time I connected online to play, there was only 2 peoples.

  5. #5 by Blackstaffer on October 19th, 2009 [ 7211 Points ]

    This game crashes quite often for me playing four player splitscreen. Almost always, in fact, making the game useless.

  6. #6 by Andy on October 19th, 2009

    If only they’d release the server code (even as a binary), I’m sure someone would host it.

    Hey, they could even release one final patch and make it peer to peer instead.

  7. #7 by CAC-Board on October 19th, 2009

    Would be a shame to see this game die completely. I’m hoping the shutdown could be cancelled if there’s enough action on the servers. So I created a new Calling All Cars forum and I’ve been inviting players there.

    Those of you who like the game, feel free to register and lets get some games going! The forum is at http://www.arctic-charge.com/cac/

  8. #8 by JimmyStewart on October 21st, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    “Jimmy, dood theres games on the 360 that dont have servers anymore. And people pay for that service.”

    Which ones? I guess I heard wrong, but as I understood it one of the ways Live works is by having a console to console connection (i.e. the consoles are the servers).

    “Jimmy, this isn’t really a downside of the PSN network… No one is playing the game. It’s unreasonable to think they are going to maintain this forever when people aren’t even using it.”

    Well, if you’re going to tell me it’s not a downside you have to explain why it’s not a downside. You’ve instead taken my legitimate complaint and called it unreasonable without justifying your own position. Here’s my “reasonable” reason for wanting this. I play old games online, I play them online with my friends. With the 360 all that’s required is that we both still own our copies of Prey… we pop them in, we still can play them. It’s a way for us to gain benefits by scrounging through the bargain bin. It’s the way I’ve played a handful of older titles. On the 360 this was just a kind of neat way to allow me to play the games I wanted with my friends online… on the PS3 I guess it’s “unreasonable”.

  9. #9 by JimmyStewart on October 21st, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    Trieloth, from the Wikia

    “Unlike other online multiplayer systems (including those used on the PC, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3), Xbox Live is highly centralized. This means that while game companies supply the networking code and gameplay, Microsoft provides the server bandwidth and user front-end; this, in turn, removes much of the financial burden from game developers, adding incentive to add multiplayer modes to games.”

    Couldn’t find a single mention of ANY game ever being taken down from MS.

  10. #10 by Trieloth on October 21st, 2009 [ 3426 Points ]

    Stewart, I cant remember exactly what game it was, maybe Battlefield 2 or something but it was some older EA games. Theres a chance that they didnt do it but it was mentioned.

  11. #11 by George on October 25th, 2009

    I bought this game right after it came out, and later came to regret that, as they started making it free for Quore subscribers.

    The game did have some good hype but other games simply were more fun.


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