If you regularly hop online with Race Driver: GRID, you might be a little shocked to hear this. That is, if you play on the PC or a Playstation 3, however. Codemasters have today confirmed their terminating GRID's online service on those two platforms, as they've been unable to reach an agreement with a third-party who assist with networking solutions. Don't fret, however, 360 fans; GRID is still up on Microsoft's platform.
"After three years of service, 2008's Race Driver: GRID's online play service has been discontinued for the PS3 and PC editions of the game," Codemasters reveals in a statement brought forward by community manager, Helios, speaking via their official forums. "This follows the decision by a third party provider to decline the offer of an extended contract to continue online play on these platforms".
However, Codemasters have confirmed the Xbox 360 version of GRID will still offer online play to fans. "Race Driver: GRID for Xbox 360 is not affected. We thank fans for their support and apologize to those affected by the end of this service". It appears Codemasters had been outsourcing network development duties to an outside party for GRID on the PC and PS3, whereas perhaps Microsoft was involved in one way or another on the Xbox 360.
We're sad to hear this news, which hasn't come at the best of times for Sony - still reeling from their PSN crash fiasco. Microsoft's closed platform for LIVE gets a lot of stick - and rightly so - but maybe this is a case of the philosophy working in a developers favor? Have we got any regular GRID online players in the community? We'd love to hear your side on this. [Codemasters]