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EA shuts down game servers

EA shuts down game servers

Electronic Arts has announced that it is shutting down 25 servers for games that are not popular enough to support.

Electronic Arts has announced that it is ceasing server support for a bunch of games which are no longer popular enough to justify it, including recent titles such as Facebreaker.

The majority of the list is made up of older EA Sports games, especially the Madden and NASCAR franchises, as well as games on older platforms like the original Xbox and PS2. It also includes some PC releases.

The shutdown will take place on February 2nd and you can read the full list below.

UEFA Champions League 07 PC and x360
Facebreaker x360 and PS3
Fantasy Football 09 x360 and PS3
FIFA 07 PSP, PS2, PC
Fight Night Round 3 PS2
Madden 08 Wii
Madden 08 PC
Madden 09 Xbox1
Madden 09 Wii and PSP
March Madness 07 x360
NBA 07 PSP, x360
NBA 08 PS2, PSP, Wii
NBA 09 Wii - Europe only
NBA Street (2007) PS3 and x360
NCAA Football 08 PS2
NCAA Football 09 PS2
NASCAR 08 PS2
NASCAR 09 PS2
NASCAR 09 PS3 and x360 - Europe Only
NFL Tour PS3 and x360
NHL 07 PSP and x360
NHL 08 PC
Tiger Woods 07 PC
Madden 09 x360 and PS3
Madden 07 Xbox 360


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DragunovHUN 4th January 2010, 14:11 Quote
Nothing new there, EA seems to do that pretty much every year.
pizan 4th January 2010, 14:25 Quote
Winter cleaning time
capnPedro 4th January 2010, 14:44 Quote
... and nothing of value was lost.
simosaurus 4th January 2010, 15:54 Quote
still worrying how lots of them have 09 names
The Jambo 4th January 2010, 16:44 Quote
Yea, What the hell? Some of those only get 1 year of life??
Mr T 4th January 2010, 17:09 Quote
I read this expecting it to be old 04/05 kind of era games. But 09 games? Bloody hell i guess they failed.
smc8788 4th January 2010, 17:12 Quote
If they didn't insist on making barely improved copies of the same game year on year they wouldn't have to worry about server support in the first place.
Er-El 4th January 2010, 18:16 Quote
But they probably only get about one user on that server in a whole year anyway.
knuck 4th January 2010, 18:26 Quote
Madden 09? Really? So basically they're expecting EVERYONE to buy the latest version of the game on a yearly basis, otherwise they don't get to play online



good ol' EA
Bede 4th January 2010, 19:44 Quote
In fairness to EA it's not like they nerfed BF2's servers when BF2142 came out, and I doubt many of those games listed have a sizeable online following.
antiHero 4th January 2010, 20:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ghys
Madden 09? Really? So basically they're expecting EVERYONE to buy the latest version of the game on a yearly basis, otherwise they don't get to play online



good ol' EA

Most of the guys around here who play madden or NHL titles from EA only play the newest. My cousin for example trades his last year game always in to get the new one.
I do the same for the tiger woods games but only because he does the same with his women :D
Rkiver 4th January 2010, 20:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
If they didn't insist on making barely improved copies of the same game year on year they wouldn't have to worry about server support in the first place.

QFT. EA make the same rubbish year in year out, barely making any upgrades of any sort. Nothing worthwhile was shut down. Hardly news.
AngusW 4th January 2010, 21:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by antiHero
Most of the guys around here who play madden or NHL titles from EA only play the newest. My cousin for example trades his last year game always in to get the new one.
I do the same for the tiger woods games but only because he does the same with his women :D
LOL i bet those games are due to be renamed now!
knuck 4th January 2010, 21:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by antiHero
Most of the guys around here who play madden or NHL titles from EA only play the newest. My cousin for example trades his last year game always in to get the new one.
I do the same for the tiger woods games but only because he does the same with his women :D

I know we do the same here with NHL but still, 1 year online support for a 60$ game is a rip off,
sotu1 5th January 2010, 00:34 Quote
to be fair, most of those games have a 2010 outing already and most of the old schoolers playing on 2009 editions are probably not online. still a surprise that some of these are only a year old tho.
Matticus 5th January 2010, 02:09 Quote
I wonder if this breaks the MS achievements rule of not having to buy peripherals to get an achievement. A camera is one thing, but a server? :p
Star*Dagger 5th January 2010, 20:00 Quote
I wonder how big the wails of Woe and Lamentation are going to be when IW shuts down their servers for MW2, forcing people to buy the next lame installment of a watered down franchise.

*Goes to check his Shattered Horizon dedicated server*

LOL,
Star*Dagger
leexgx 5th January 2010, 23:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bede
In fairness to EA it's not like they nerfed BF2's servers when BF2142 came out, and I doubt many of those games listed have a sizeable online following.

hope that was an joke 1.3 patch is what basically destroyed the PC gaming community for BF2 (guess testing the server was not in the QA department), and to add to that they used the same game code in BF2142 beta and the servers had the same server crash issues and they was never fully fixed in the full game, 1.4 patch came out for bf2 some 2-6 months after bf2142 come out
capnPedro 6th January 2010, 01:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Matticus
I wonder if this breaks the MS achievements rule of not having to buy peripherals to get an achievement. A camera is one thing, but a server? :p

Eh? Guitar Hero: Metallica achievements need the drums from World Tour...
javaman 7th January 2010, 18:32 Quote
Probally shifting everything to a peer to peer model eventually. I like that idea tho, means that someone truely has "home" advantage :grin: Now they should take the savings and fund research into data transmission and actually make a noticable difference to society.

Wonder if running your own game server will become a possible solution with super fast broadband? Phone company would probally forbid it tho.
nicae 8th January 2010, 23:20 Quote
That's EA for you.
I'm on a 4+ year ban on EA games already. My money goes to better companies.
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