OpenFeint announced a shutdown of its servers will occur on December 14. Even though OpenFeint may stay online after that date, developers are told to expect services to be offline by mid-December. Developers that want to keep their game data are urged to migrate their games to the Gree platform as soon as possible.
OpenFeint is shutting down because it was purchased by Gree in 2011 for $104 million. Gree will use what OpenFeint created to expand its reach into the social networking gaming space.
OpenFeint estimates migrating from OpenFeint to Gree with “basic integration” should take less than a week. It’s reasonable to believe any game that will have deep hooks into Gree will take longer to integrate. Any OpenFeint-enabled game that isn’t migrated to Gree runs the risk of not operating properly. As OpenFeint puts it,”All OpenFeint network calls will be nonfunctional which may result in service disruptions to your game and a poor player experience.” Player data also can be lost for good.
That being said, we recommend not getting too invested in a game that requires OpenFeint from here on out.