Darkspore (lost/unplayable video game; 2011-2016)

Cover art of Darkspore.
Cover art of Darkspore.
Status Lost

Darkspore was a 2011 Action RPG PC game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It was an indirect sequel to 2008's Spore, a creature creation game also developed by Maxis. The game's graphical style was far different from its predecessor, taking on a more realistic and dark style. The game was most infamous for its always-online DRM, requiring an internet connection even if someone wanted to play single player. This was put on top of already requiring Origin to run the game, which also required an internet connection at all times. On March 1st, 2016, Darkspore's servers were shut down, making the game entirely unplayable even with a physical copy of the game, as it still needs the servers to be up.


Electronic Arts' disclaimer for Darkspore's shutdown.

The gameplay of Darkspore was mostly single player, but it also featured online co-op and PvP (player vs. player) and was quite similar to Blizzard's Diablo series. Similar to Spore, it also had a "Hero Editor", which was the equivalent of Spore's "Creature Creator".


On March 1st, 2016, Electronic Arts announced that they were shutting down the game's servers. The closure was met with negative feedback, with Mark Richard of TechRaptor stating that the shutdown of Darkspore was "banishing the title from gaming history"[1] and Clint Basinger of Lazy Game Reviews saying in a video review that, while he didn't like the game much, the game being shut down was "an assault on history". He also criticized the game's convoluted DRM system as well as DRM in general, stating that Darkspore was a reminder of the cons of DRM platforms such as Origin and Steam.

As previously stated, the game can't be played in any way currently, and unless EA/Maxis make an offline option available, bring back the servers, or another party somehow hacks the game to get past the DRM, it may never be playable again.


LGR's video on Darkspore.
Ross's Game Dungeon's gameplay video.
The theme song for Darkspore, composed by Junkie XL.


  1. TechRaptor article on Darkspore's shutdown. Last retrieved 02 Jan 2017.




10 months ago
Score 3++
I'm surprised nobody has ever made a LMW page on Darkspore. Having Darkspore being forever unplayable as of March 2016, this was a good opportunity for me to make a page on Darkspore.


9 months ago
Score 0++
I Never Heard Of The Game Until Now.


8 months ago
Score 0++
I don't think it should be that hard to find. We just need to contact somebody from a site like game copy world that cracks games (keep in mind cracking isn't the same as pirating) and ask him/her (Insert tumblr joke here) to crack this game.

Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
Score 0++
But it has DRM, something nearly impossible to crack, and even then. the Servers (the things that make the game WORK) are shut down. so its completely impossible to save the game.

Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
Score 3++

This is a ridiculous trend in gaming that needs to stop! I know that most of the gaming community is transitioning into buying games through streaming services like Steam, but the thought of Online-only games isn't only insulting to those who prefer Offline single player modes, but also to those who don't have a solid internet connection. Once the servers go down, it's basically the publisher giving people who played the game the middle finger in that the game can never be played again in any shape or form.

It's that reason alone on why I prefer playing video games on my home consoles; I don't have to fear and worry about a game's Wi-Fi service being no longer supported and doesn't shut down the whole game, just the online portion of it.

Anonymous user #3

6 months ago
Score 1++
Amusingly enough, Spore itself is still perfectly functional and all its servers are online. There are even official DRM-free versions of it for sale.
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