All good things must come to an end, and while Sony has been progressively shuttering support for its last generation console, some games on the system have been holding out. However, the list of games still online for the system is about to take a big cut, as titles from the Uncharted series and The Last of Us will soon have their servers shut down.
The impending shutdown will take place on September 3, 2019, which gives fans a few months to play a couple of rounds for old times sake. Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, The Last of Us, and The Last of Us: Left Behind will all be affected by the closure, though Naughty Dog is making all multiplayer DLC for the games free until the shutdown occurs so that fans can experience the "full breadth" of the multiplayer.
While Uncharted and The Last of Us are primarily regarded as single player games, the multiplayer components are arguably equally compelling despite being under-appreciated. Naughty Dog didn't offer a specific reason as to why the multiplayer was coming down, though it's safe to assume that the player base has progressively dwindled to the point that it no longer makes sense to keep them live. Of course, this isn't the only case of game servers closing. Burnout Paradise's servers are being shut down too, and there likely won't be many online games left for the system by the time the PS5 arrives.
After nearly 10 years, we will be bidding farewell to Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, and The Last of Us multiplayer on PS3 and taking servers offline on Sept 3, 2019 [5PM PT]. In preparation, we’re making all multiplayer DLC on PS3 free starting today. Details: https://t.co/BU4OfzYOxS pic.twitter.com/H7N0hV7xOW— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) June 5, 2019
This may be a bummer for fans, but at least Naughty Dog is giving fair warning instead of abruptly pulling the carpet out from fans that are still actively enjoying the title. Luckily, the servers for The Last of Us Remastered are still intact on the PS4 so players can still enjoy matches there, but Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection removed multiplayer support when it launched four years ago.
Any disheartened fans should dust off their PlayStation 3's and play a few matches while they still can, as these final days will probably host the most players the servers have seen in quite some time. It's sad to see it go, but at least the future is bright for the PlayStation brand, with the PS5 rumored to have a strong game line up.