It's that time of year again, when we shed off the remnants of last year and look ahead towards things to come. Out with the old, in with the new! In the case of EA Sports games, that means the annual culling of servers from older sports titles. If you prefer the 2011 iterations of games like Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer 11, you have just over one precious week to get in your online game time.
Electronic Arts gives word (via Games Industry International) that the 2011 EA Sports line-up and remaining 2010 servers will be shut down on January 11. This includes Madden, FIFA, and NHL 11, along with the "Ultimate Team" iterations of each. Also facing shut downs are NCAA Football 11, NBA Jam, and NBA Live 10.
EA confirmed to Shacknews that the NBA Jam shut down only impacts the original version, and not the On Fire edition that recently joined the PlayStation Plus collection. Due to EA's cancellation of subsequent NBA Live titles, this will leave EA out of the basketball court entirely until NBA Live 14 comes along.