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Project Reality: BF2 update ensures life after Battlefield 2's GameSpy shutdown

"Sights locked on GameSpy, sir."

"Sights locked on GameSpy, sir."

Armed forces are closing in on the notorious multiplayer sympathiser, GameSpy. The matchmaking system is due to be terminated with extreme prejudice this coming Saturday, plunging the games it uses into an offline darkness. EA have said that many of their GameSpy-enabled games won't be updated with a new matchmaking solution. For Battlefield 2, that's meant the battle for online battles must now be fought by fans . It's not just the main game struggling to stay connected; its mods are also at risk. Thankfully, the most popular of those mods—Project Reality: BF2—has received a new update that will keep its multiplayer running.

Project Reality: BF2 v1.2 does all the usual update stuff of fixing bugs and improving stability, but also provides a new master server backend, ensuring the mod will function after the GameSpy closure. In addition, it brings three new maps into the mix, as well as a new Dutch Forces faction.

The update's main features are listed below, and you can find the full changelog at the Project Reality forum .

  • PRMasterServer support, which replaces GameSpy
  • Dutch Forces
  • 3 new maps: Arctic Lion, Hades Peak & Shikotan Island
  • Illumination flares for Grenadier class
  • ZSU-23-4 Shilka SPAAA for MEC forces
  • Countless other bug fixes, tweaks and changes

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Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.