I have been a little behind on my updates lately. I was away and busy so I didn't get a chance to keep up so I will put everything into this post. I am going to start updating delisted games as well. I will write the first delisted games post in the next couple of days.
It was announced a few days ago that Ascend Hand of Kul will be closing its servers on November 18 2014. This will render every achievement in the game discontinued as the game requires you to be connected to the servers at all times while playing.
Karaoke which was announced to close on August 15 is still online in some countries. I have heard, but not tested, that the game is no longer playable in Canada and Belgium and is still playable in the United States, and some European countries. Along with the servers still being online the free songs are still changing about once every week so all of the achievements are still obtainable if you live in a country that still has functioning servers. The ability to purchase new Karaoke passes is still disabled, however.
Gunpowder unexpectedly gained some discontinued achievements recently. The game was removed from the Windows 8 marketplace in the beginning of July but up until what appears to be only a few weeks ago the Lost Levels DLC was still available for purchase. The DLC, which is now unavailable for purchase, has been disabled in game, even for those that had previously purchased it. Since there is now no legitimate way to access the DLC pack all of the achievements related to it are now discontinued.
Something similar has happened to Toy Soldiers Cold War (Win 8). The Windows 8 version, unlike the Xbox 360 version, included the content that was released as DLC on the Xbox 360 in the base game. Or so it appeared. The content has now gone missing from a number of people's games causing four achievements to become partly discontinued. Those achievements are "The Might of the Red Army", "Counting Stacks", "The End Of An Odyssey", and "In Memoriam". A couple of people on the Game Info Team at TrueAchievements.com have been testing the game and it appears that the levels only disappear on devices running Windows 8.1 and it has nothing to do with the game's servers or version. I am currently installing Windows 8.0 on my computer to check for myself and see if I am able to play the DLC. However, for right now I recommend those of you that have the Napalm and Eliv Empire DLC still available should get the related achievements as soon as possible.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Unfortunately there have been more discontinued achievements brought to my attention in the last few days.
Recently Harmonix transitioned Rockband.com to Harmonixmusic.com and a few things were lonst along the way including the ability to link your Rock Band 3 band with Rockband.com. This renders the "Well Connected" achievement discontinued. This now leaves Rock Band 3 with one discontinued achievement and one partially discontinued achievement.
All items from the Monsters Love Candy store have now been pulled causing the "Rainbow Eyes" achievement to now become discontinued. There has been no announcement from the developer regarding the items being pulled from the store, so there is a possibility that they could come back, however, I wouldn't hold my breath. This now leaves Monsters Love Candy with two discontinued achievements.
Ubisoft announced today that servers will be closing for a number of their games on August 8, 2014, however, this will not discontinue achievements in all of the games. Below is the complete list of games with some kind of online functionality going down. Following the title is the number of discontinued achievements prior to the shutdown in parentheses and the number of achievements affected by the shutdown in brackets. An asterisk indicates that it was possible to earn the achievement online but is also possible to earn the achievement in either offline game modes such as single player or system link. These numbers are based on flags from Trueachievements.com and my knowledge of these games. The post from Ubisoft is available here.
- America's Army True Soldiers - (1), 
- Avatar, James Cameron's - (0), 
- EndWar, Tom Clancy's - (20 + 1 unobtainable), [25*]
- Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, Tom Clancy's - (0), [39*]
- Motionsports Adrenaline - (0), 
- PowerUp Heroes - (0), [8*, 1]
- Shaun White Snowboarding - (0), [?] I don't know enough about this game to get an accurate number. It appears that some will be affected.
- Splinter Cell Double Agent, Tom Clancy's - (0), [17*]
I am not going to go into detail on each individual game except for Motionsports. Unless you have challenges in progress it will not be possible to earn the online required, challenge related achievements because they take a week to finish.
Posted by Randy at 16:18