2K Sports Reverses Course on Planned NBA 2K11 Server Shutdown

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Last week 2K Sports made the surprising announcement that the servers for NBA 2K11 would be taken offline in the middle of November. The company immediately took a great deal of PR heat for the decision. Timing wise the move couldn’t have been worse (due to the league lockout and 2K12’s admitted online problems) and there had been no precedent for ending online services only 13 months after release of a game. NBA 2K11 was immensely popular, it is among the highest selling games this calendar year even, and carries with it popular online features that were removed with 2K12.

Now though in the face of heavy criticism 2K has changed their mind and will keep the NBA 2K11 servers active until April 2012. Though it isn’t the full two years plus that other companies typically wait at the very least it provides the expected value that consumers had when the product was purchased. 2K should have anticipated the backlash given the message that shutting down the servers sent but regardless now the proper decision has been made and focus on improving the experience with 2K12 instead can continue.

  • ColdNVD

    Thanks to pasta, kotaku, and all the other sites that put pressure on 2k. there was no way i was going to buy 2k12 so this keeps me happy.

  • 455

    SMH traded 2K11 in once they announced the servers were going down. Wonder how many others did the same.

  • droble

    well they got it right but its like netflix and the qwikster thing. dont get credit for doing the obvious and going back on a bad decision.

  • Perrylarry44

    fuck 2k im a eafanboy nba live is coming back soon cant wait

  • Wmacs28

    all those ppl who traded 2k12 in are gonna be SOL when the deal gets finalized within the upcoming week………

    • Anonymous

      Why would you say that. All they are going to do is add the rookies. When this rookie class may be the worst since 2000. Which is referred to as the worst draft ever.

  • sheredia

    this was the LEAST¬†2k could do…..

  • Anonymous

    I would definitely say this is a major chink in the 2k armor.  The NBA lockout has allowed fanbois of 2k to see exactly what 2k stands for, and that would be lying to their customers.

  • krpiper

    will this get the rookie update since the servers are online?