Darkspore moderator posts angry message on forums, ignites internet storm
By Tim Colwill on July 2, 2013 at 9:51 am
Darkspore quietly disappeared from Steam some time recently, with all searches for the title now pointing only to demos and trailers. Although the game was still for sale on EA’s Origin service, a note appeared at the official Darkspore forums claiming that the game was “for all intents and purposes an abandoned title”.
“Darkspore is no longer developed. It is for almost all intents & purposes an abandoned title. If you cannot play the game & have flicked through technical issues for any fixes, then contact EA Customer Support; especially if it regards CD-Keys or refunds,” read the announcement.
“Error 73003 has gone unfixed & remains an issue. Error Code 3 has arisen for the majority/all & remains an issue. I will however keep the forums here as clean & tidy as possible in my spare time. Why? Well why not. If it helps anyone with minor problems, or find their way somewhere, then that’s great. I wish you all luck, no matter what path you choose with Darkspore.”
Error 73003 refers to an error where players are unable to connect to the EA master server. Error 3 refers to an error where players are unable to save their progress to the master server. This is affectionately known as “the reason people hate always-online DRM”.
Since it became common knowledge however, somebody at Maxis has stepped in and probably slapped the wrist of whoever wrote such an unfriendly announcement — which was reportedly made by a moderator, not a Maxis employee. The forum now reads “We recently resolved an issue that was causing some players to not be able to connect to the game. If you any encounter any other issues, please contact help.ea.com for customer support. We will continue to support Darkspore, so feel free to continue to discuss the game here.”