EA announces “retirement” of old online gaming services

Matthew Turner

July 13, 2011

Video game publisher EA has announced the “retirement” of a number of their online gaming services.

Several previously popular games will have their services shut down in a drive for efficiency at EA.

A statement from the company read: “We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games.”

Those affected by the change include the Battlefield franchise, which will see a third in the series released later this year, as well as sporting games Tiger Woods and NCAA Basketball.

Previous versions of Need for Speed will also have their services cancelled.

EA also stated: “The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy, but as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles below a point – fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles – where it’s feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.”

The “shutdown” will be completed by October 1st and a full list of titles this concerns is below:

August 11, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

• Army of Two for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
• Army of Two Demo for Xbox 360
• Battlefield 2142 Demo for PC
• Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox 360
• Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Demo for Xbox 360
• Medal of Honor Airborne for PlayStation Portable
• Medal of Honor Heroes 2 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
• NASCAR 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (North America)
• NCAA Basketball 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
• NCAA Football 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
• Need for Speed Most Wanted for PC and Xbox 360
• Need for Speed Undercover for PlayStation Portable;
• Skate for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 Demo for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

October 1, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

• Madden NFL 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
• NHL 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360


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