While it’s not necessarily rare for game servers for older games to be shut down, EA dropped the bomb today by announcing the server shut down of several of its titles for Xbox 360, PC and PS3 gamers. The thing that has many gamers in an uproar is that many of the included titles are the ’09 iteration of their respective games.
Usually server shutdown announcements are coupled with a healthy dose of time for gamers to patch their wounds and move on to greener and greater fields, however EA has stated that the servers for the games in the list below will be gone on February 2nd, 2010 which is exactly a month away. In addition, it seems while gamers will be able to play their games until the cut off date, many community forums and programs for the affected games will be closed before then.
EA’s official statement on the closings doesn’t leave gamers with anything better to swallow:
“All of us at EA would like to thank you for your valued participation in our online gaming community and hope that your enthusiasm for these games extends to our current lineup and beyond.”
Some of the closings are justified for sports titles which are as old as ’07, but the closing of ’09 servers makes it seem as though EA is eager to shove their $60 game down your throat and have it last only a year for online play. Sounds like sports gamers are buying subscriptions to the Madden franchise, rather than a game. Of course, this doesn’t affect single player gaming, but there’s only so much one can have against the computer, right?
Here’s the full list of games which will be affected by the February 2, 2010 cut off date.
* UEFA Champions League ’07 PC and Xbox 360
* 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 Wii and PSP
* Madden ’09 Xbox 360 and PS3
* Madden ’07 Xbox 360
* March Madness ’07 x360
* NBA ’07 PSP, x360
* NBA ’08 PS2, PSP, Wii
* NBA ’09 Wii – Europe only
* NBA Street (2007) PS3 and Xbox 360
* NCAA Football ’08 PS2
* NCAA Football ’09 PS2
* NASCAR ’08 PS2
* NASCAR ’09 PS2
* NASCAR ’09 PS3 and Xbox 360 – Europe Only
* NFL Tour PS3 and Xbox 360
* NHL ’07 PSP and Xbox 360
* NHL ’08 PC
* Tiger Woods ’07 PC