EA recently confirmed that they would be pulling the plug on 17 servers which will result in certain games no-longer being playable online, however they did clearly state that this will affect less than 1% of all peak online players across all EA games.
On August 11 the following games will no longer be available to play online: Army of Two (PS3, Xbox 360), Battlefield 2: Modern Combat and its demo (Xbox 360), Medal of Honor Airborne (PSP), Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (PSP, Wii), NCAA Basketball 10 (PS3, Xbox 360), NCAA Football 10 (PS3, Xbox 360), Need for Speed Most Wanted (PC, Xbox 360), Need for Speed Undercover (PSP), Skate (PS3, Xbox 360) and Tiger Woods 10 (PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii). On this date the following demos will also no-longer be playable online Army of Two (Xbox 360), Battlefield 2142 (PC) and Tiger Woods 11 (PS3, Xbox 360), finally North Americans will no longer how to play NASCAR 09 on the PSN or Xbox Live.
We can also reveal that on October 1 both Madden NFL 10 and NHL 10 will no longer be playable online for both Xbox 360 or PS3, as with the games mentioned in the last paragraph you will be able to play single player modes, however all online features will be unavailable, let’s hope that you no-longer play any of the aforementioned titles.
Many people will undoubtedly be disappointed by this news, however as EA has previously stated there are very few active players of the games. Titles such as Medal of Honor Airborne, Medal of Honor Heroes 2 and Skate arrived back in 2007, whilst Battlefield 2: Modern Combat hit the Xbox 360 in early 2006, this means that EA gives games roughly 4 to 5 years in terms of online service, do you think that this is acceptable? Do you think that when games are released developers / published should state how long servers will be kept online for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
So what EA titles can we expect to be going offline in 2012? It all depends on active gamers, but games which arrived in 2008 which could be in danger include Burnout Paradise, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Dead Space, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, Need for Speed Undercover (platforms other than the PSP), UEFA Euro 2008, and all of their ’09 sports titles. Which of these titles do you want EA to keep online?