Electronic Arts, one of the largest game developer and publisher companies in the world, has recently purchased PopCap games for $750 million. However, with this purchase, they announced that they are ending the era of multiple games online.
EA is finishing online server support for the following games:
- RMY 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
These games will not be playable online from next month onwards.
Quite personally this is a rather sad and unfriendly move by the company. EA has been flamed many times by gamers for the lack of technical and general support, particularly in these recent past 3-4 years in which the company has grown immensely.
The company claims that this is being done because the games mentioned above account for ‘less than one percent of traffic’. This news itself won’t earn EA many friends, and already people have started to show their dislike for this act.
However, this isn’t quite the end of the discontinuation wave; as they will continue to halt online gaming for more games, and this wave is due to continue till 1st October, when Madden NFL 10 and NHL 10 will also be shut down in-terms of online gameplay.
Is this really all too necessary for a multi-billion dollar company which already has angry customers because of lack of support? Are they really actually doing it to ensure that they can actually provide better support? Say your say in the comments below.