EA has announced its next wave of online server shutdowns, revealing that the online components of EA Sports MMA, Burnout Revenge, Need For Speed ProStreet and more will be shut down on April 13th, 2012.
Boom Blox Bash Party, Create, EA Sports Active 2.0, EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp, FIFA 10 (PSP/Wii), The Godfather II, The Saboteur and Spare Parts will also have access to their online multiplayer removed on the same date, meaning any online Achievements/Trophies will need to be unlocked prior to that date or they’ll be lost forever.
The news, however, has enraged certain gamers.
EA Sports MMA, of course, was the first game to introduce EA’s Online Pass scheme, a scheme that charges players an additional fee for access to the game’s online modes should the one-time use code included in the box have already been activated.
Initially, sceptics lauded the move as a way for EA to counter the growing pre-owned market. However, EA Sports’ SVP Andrew Wilson said that the decision was made “to extend the life of [EA's] products”.
“We want to reserve EA SPORTS online services for people who pay EA to access them,” he said (as reported by BeefJack). “In return, we’ll continue to invest in creating great games and offer industry-leading online services to extend the game experience to everyone.
“I don’t think even the harshest cynic can argue with that and instead I think fans will see the value we’re committing to deliver when they see all the services, features and bonus content that is extending the life of their products.”
The game launched just 16 months ago.
“The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy,” said EA. “But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level — fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles — where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.
“We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.”
For the full list of affected games, head over to EA’s website.
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