It’s been a week since EA asked The Revive Network to stop supporting older Battlefield titles. In that time, TRN has disabled all file downloads and posted a “goodbye” letter. On November 17, all Revive servers will shut down. Fans who were eager to play Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142 now have to look elsewhere for their nostalgia trips.
Fortunately, Reddit user 0-You-0 has put together an FAQ which details different ways that players can access Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142 online. Here’s the relevant question and answer:
If the Revive servers shut down for Battlefield 2 and 2142, are there ways we can continue playing?
Absolutely. Go ahead and grieve about this whole Revive fiasco, but don’t despair: we have plenty of communities and other services sweeping in with the intentions of keeping Battlefield 2 and 2142 alive if the Revive servers go down. We have a fair amount of communities for Battlefield 2 as always, and both Gameranger and BF2Hub provide excellent alternatives for playing the game itself. Dethklok is spearheading action for keeping 2142 alive with its dedicated playerbase, and already has plans for what to do in case the Revive servers shut down. Links to various communities and game services will be provided below in the resources section. Note that as of writing this, this only includes the communities I could find that have in some way said they’ll be around post-Revive or are already present elsewhere. I strongly encourage others to post their own community and service links in the comments, I’ll probably edit them here in the post as well as I come along them.
Here’s a direct link to the Reddit thread. Check the comments for additional updated solutions.
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