FIFA Online 2 calls time on China

In a surprise move, it has been confirmed that EA’s free-to-play PC adaptation of its football series FIFA Online 2 has been shut down in China.

The9 has entered into mutual agreement with Electronic Arts for early termination of EA Sports FIFA Online 2 license and commercial operation of the game in China,” the press release reads.

The company anticipates that it will cease operation of FIFA Online 2 in the second calendar quarter of 2011.”

The9 was formerly the Chinese operator for Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, though that deal was terminated in June of last year following the developer’s decision not to renew the licence. NetEase is the MMO’s current Chinese operator.

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