No, the Killzone Mercenary Servers Weren't Shut Down

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 15:14
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Old Game is Still Going

Over the weekend, a very old game hit a bit of a hiccup: the Killzone Mercenary servers went down, seemingly without rhyme or reason. This caused some people to wonder if Killzone Mercenary had been shut down, but it doesn't look like that was the case.

If you're unfamiliar with Killzone Mercenary, you can get an idea of what it's all about from this gameplay trailer that debuted all the way back in 2013.

This first-person shooter was essentially a side game in the Killzone franchise for the PlayStation Vita. While it's been some time since we've seen a significant release in the series, there are still plenty of people playing the older games.

That's exactly why there was a stir in the last few days: multiplayer stopped functioning for this game, making people concerned that Sony might have suddenly shut down the multiplayer servers for some reason, but it doesn't look like that happened at all.

Killzone Mercenary servers slice

What Happened to the Killzone Mercenary Servers?

So, what happened to Killzone Mercenary's multiplayer? I can't say for sure after looking around, but I'm pretty confident that Sony didn't suddenly decide to pull the game down.

To start, there was no announcement of closure on developer Guerilla Games' Twitter account. While games shutting down is sad, it's rarely done without some kind of advance notice.

There's another level on top of that, though. Sony actually maintains a list of servers that they are shutting down and have shut down in the past. The Killzone Mercenary servers are not mentioned in any capacity.

I think it's safe to say that there was some kind of unexpected technical issue that was quietly resolved. As this is an older game, neither Guerilla Games or its parent company Sony may have felt the need to put out a statement. That said, we've reached out to Guerilla Games on the matter and will update this article when we receive a reply.

What's your favorite Killzone game? Which multiplayer communities do you miss the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!