EA has announced a list of titles whose online support will be terminated on January 11th.
The most notable game is FIFA 11, for which both online play and Ultimate Team functionality will be shut off. Also facing the chop are NFL 11, NBA Jam and FIFA Manager 11.
The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy,” a statement released by the publisher explained. The 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.
But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level – fewer than one per cent 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 per cent 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.”
Here's the complete list:
Trenches II – iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
The Sims 2 – PC/Mac and TheSims2.com
FIFA Soccer 11 – PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team – PS3 & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 – PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team – PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA JAM – PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 10 – PS3 & Xbox 360
NCAA Football 11 – PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 – PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 Ultimate Team – PS3 & Xbox 360
FIFA Manager 11 – PC