Edit – Maxis have fixed the issue which prevented people from logging into the game and have said that they will continue to support the game.

Darkspore is an Action RPG, developed by Maxis, which was released in 2011. The game hasn’t received any updates since late 2011 and EA have posted on the Darkspore forums confirming that the game is an abandoned title.

Darkspore is no longer developed. It is for almost all intents & purposes an abandoned title. If you cannot play the game & have flicked through technical issues for any fixes, then contact EA Customer Support; especially if it regards CD-Keys or refunds.

The game hasn’t received an update for almost two years and the announcement notes that there are two specific errors which remain within the game. In my opinion, these should be fixed by EA as the product is still online and for sale on their Origin store.

Error 73003 has gone unfixed & remains an issue.

Error Code 3 has arisen for the majority/all & remains an issue.

Darkspore has been pulled from other retailers, such as Steam, and is now only available for sale on EA’s Origin platform. These errors prevent people from logging in to play the game and prevents users from saving their heroes. Darkspore is an always-online game, much like the new SimCity, however the only difference is that Darkspore is a synchronous title and allows co-op, which makes up for the online requirement in some respects. However, if people like to play alone (which makes the game much harder) then these errors could potentially be avoided without the always-online DRM.

I will however keep the forums here as clean & tidy as possible in my spare time. Why? Well why not. If it helps anyone with minor problems, or find their way somewhere, then that’s great.

I wish you all luck, no matter what path you choose with Darkspore.

~Inquisitor Laine

The member of the Darkspore forum team has assured active members that they will keep the forums clean and tidy in their spare time, and wishes everyone luck no matter what path they take with Darkspore.

While Darkspore received mixed opinions, I believe that if EA are going to continue to sell this game then these issues need to be fixed soon. I am yet to experience them, and personally enjoy Darkspore, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it retired soon.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Home they won’t do the same with the Sims 3. There are a lot of problems with this game on Macs. Since the 1.55 update it’s even worth. I can only play in Dragon Valley or my game crashes at loading. And I still need to be careful. I can’t use CAS for example… It’s been 7 month and still no word from EA. There are many threads about that in the Mac forum of the official website.

  2. @GreenSim
    I wish they’d create a native version of The Sims 3 for your Mac users. The Sims and The Sims 2 had native ports whereas you get some weird emulation thing. Such a shame really. One thing Maxis are doing with SimCity is spending extra time on their native port for Mac.

  3. @Spon1Player I don’t mine waiting for Sim City, because I know they are taking the time to do it right. I won’t mind if they do the same for the Sims 4 (and honestly a native port is the only way to do this).
    What bother me the most about the situation is nobody tells us anything.

    Anyway, glad to see Maxis will continue to support Darkspore. I played a bit during the beta, it seems like a decent game.

  4. The Sims 3 On The Mac Is A Terrible Port, Im Disgusted that EA Haven’t Fix The Crashing From Seasons And The Debug Errors 99.9% Of Mac Users Are Having!

  5. Apple should do the porting. One port for all games that can be played on a computer.

    Oh! about Darkspore..its about time they made it ‘Official’. Official is only relative to the ability to market a broken product. And luckily for them, not everybody knows that its broken.

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