Last month, 2K Games announced that it would be soon shutting down the online servers for NBA 2K14. According to the initial announcement, the company promised to keep the save files for players which were then saved online. The idea was to make the files available to players so that they could still access their career progress and play the game offline.
“Online files will not disappear, but rather they will turn to offline saves and earn skill points as opposed to VC,” 2K said at the time.
The servers finally shut down last week but unfortunately for players, the online save files have not been kept. According to an email, sent out every user by 2K Support, the loss is final and cannot be averted.
“This means that if you had created a MyCareer or a MyGM online save file that was once connected to our servers it too sadly has retired and is no longer available for use and it would be necessary to re-create these files as offline saves.
“Sadly this may come as an inconvenience to some of you and if so we truly do understand and can feel for how upsetting this may seem as there always is a special bond that occurs between a player and their MyCareer save but all good things must come to an end and rest assured your MyCareer or MyGM went out while on top.”
Users can still play MyCareer mode offline, but will need to create a new offline save, effectively starting the game over.
“We hope you enjoyed your amazing experience with NBA 2K14′s online services and you can look forward to the continue experience [sic] they provide in NBA 2K15!”.
2K Games has not clarified whether the loss was part of an accident where a techie pressed the wrong button, or if it was unavoidable when taking down the servers.