The Xbox 360 online servers for Nexuiz have been shut down, in preparation for the second THQ property auction which takes place on 15th April.
The auction includes other known titles such as Darksiders and MX.
The Xbox 360 servers were run by THQ, so it’s not really much of a surprise that they have been closed. Unlike the PC servers, which are owned by the developers IllFonic, so they are still up and running.
The closure was announced on the Nexuiz Facebook page:
“As some of you know, the Xbox Servers are now offline. It was fun while it lasted on there and we are glad you guys enjoyed the game! Unfortunately, the Xbox Servers were controlled by THQ and in the current state, cannot be maintained anymore. Since the PC servers are different and can be controlled 100% by IllFonic, they will remain online and functional. Thanks!”
IllFonic may buy the 360 servers at the auction themselves, but they added:
“It certainly is a possibility. Unfortunately, at this time we just cannot justify the cost. Anyone who buys Nexuiz on XBLA would be sending money to THQ, not IllFonic, so we wouldn’t be getting any money to help with the server costs (which are really pricey). The PC costs are next to nothing outside of our daily operating costs, so it isn’t an issue for us to keep it running.”
“If anyone has any complaints about getting points back/etc. they need to bring that up with THQ and not IllFonic – we don’t have any control over that kind of stuff. Nexuiz should be removed from the XBLA store soon (if it hasn’t already).”
It’s a pretty sad scenario for IllFonic, but that’s just a glimpse into the effect from publishers closing and selling off their gaming assets.