TDU servers shutting down in 2011

It would seem that Atari is giving players around four months to be convinced by Test Drive Unlimited 2 — due out this September — because after that the servers for its predecessor will be taken out of commission.

The news originates from Germany where the backside of what’s apparently a budget copy of the 2006 racer distributed by Green Pepper has been found to note the following: “Online mode available until January 2011.” Sounds pretty clear cut.

Chances are there won’t be too many complaints cluttering up Atari’s inboxes though; TDU2 will ship with an improved version of the first game’s Oahu island — players can expect improved visuals, new challenges, as well as the sequel’s new weather system.