However, while the latter are all still being worked on, the team has revealed that their latest restoration has finally arrived, and it’s none other than Killzone 2! Yup, the very same Killzone 2 that had its servers shut down almost four years ago. Here’s what the team had to say on their Discord channel:
PS Online Network Emulated is an ongoing attempt to reactivate the online mode of multiple PlayStation Games. Being available since 2002 the PS is a pretty old game console. Despite its age, there are still people wanting to play online. Some just love to get reminded of old times, some want to enjoy games which simply have no equivalent counterpart on more modern consoles. Sony decided to stop hosting any game servers, which rendered some games unusable or at least hard to use.
The release will be public for the PS3. RPCS3 users will need to be whitelisted by the PSONE staff for now. Will we do the best to bring a stable server, please again, keep in mind that we will all test something new here.
And while the core online experience is working, the team still has plenty of work left to do as they’ve revealed a number of features that are still not functioning.
The server is an emulation of the original server, it doesn’t come shipped with all the features of the original servers. It’s a work in progress, these features require more time and I’m sure people can’t wait more.
An internet access (should allow custom dns servers)
A PlayStation Network account
A PlayStation 3 (No jailbreak needed as this is intended for legit consoles) A copy of Killzone 2
That’s it! Well that, and redirecting the DNS on your PS3 to the correct one. To get started on that, just follow their “Getting Started” guide. Have to say, this is one of the coolest projects out there. While most PS3 owners most likely have already moved on to either the PS4 or PS5, it’s nice knowing that I can still experience some of these great multiplayer offerings from PlayStation at any time, despite the server shutdowns.