Further EA Server Shutdowns Announced

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 17, 2010 6:20am PST A dozen EA games are scheduled to lose online multiplayer support over March and April when their servers are shut down, the video games colossus has revealed, including The Godfather on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and Mercenaries 2 on PC.

EA states that the games on the hitlist "represent less than 0.3% of all peak online players across all EA titles"--no doubt seeking to avoid a repeat of the upset following the last round of shutdowns, which hit Madden NFL 09 and Facebreaker among others.

Despite some people's perception, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these older games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99.7% of customers playing our more popular games. These decisions to retire games is never easy. The EA development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired.

The list, below, also reveals the final three EA Xbox survivors--Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Burnout 3: Takedown and Madden NFL 09--who've dodged shutdowns so far but will finally go dark when Microsoft ends Xbox Live for the original Xbox on April 15.

March 16, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
  • Def Jam for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Godfather for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Lord of the Rings: Conquest for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for PC
  • Need for Speed: Carbon for PlayStation Portable
  • Need for Speed: ProStreet for PlayStation Portable
  • Simpsons for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
April 15, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
  • Burnout 3: Takedown for PlayStation 2
  • Army of Two for PlayStation 3 (Asia only)
Additionally, the shutdown of Xbox LIVE for Original Xbox consoles and games (scheduled for April 15, 2010) will retire online services for the following titles:
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox
  • Burnout 3: Takedown for Xbox
  • Madden NFL 09 for Xbox

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  • Buying a game with matchmaking is a consumer decision and its the consumers fault if they make it lightly. I have always expected them to shut down MP on games for whatever reason.

    ALWAYS, since my very first xbox game with MP, AL-FUCKING-WAYS, since day ONE of the beginning of the matchmaking thing, expected them to shut down MP on games for whatever reason.

    Because I'm not a dipshit, I apply my brain, and I realize that if the game doesn't have dedicated servers than end user can set up, it is going to require a service from either Live or the publisher/dev. And using my brain again, I determined that this will cost them money, money they are willing to spend to support a successful game. Once it becomes cost prohibitive to continue to run the service, they are going to shut it down.

    This is very plain and simple, and its LOGICAL. Don't like it, don't buy games with matchmaking. "But <insert game here> has it and...." blah fucking blah, when the fuck were game devs supposed to deliver on personal hopes and dreams? I'm waiting on a real co-op zombie survival game, but I don't sit around all day bitching about how L4D fails at that horribly, bitching as if I were somehow slighted by them not making my personal dream game. But thats what I see from gamers today, they EXPECT every game to fit itself into thier personal desires. I like game X so its MP servers should stay on forever to please me, because I'm so FUCKING important. Jesus, Im a HUGE narsicist and I don't even think that way.

    You have no inherit RIGHT that any product should work any way other than how it is explicitly described by the maunfacturer. You have no right in any new game to "be able to do your own hosting and manage things yourself", that is a choice for the developer and pubisher to decide how much control of their product you get. If a game doesn't give you the control you want, the only reasoned response is to not buy it, move on, or possibly make it yourself how you want.