EA Shutters Online Service For Games, Including Madden 09

Game company EA has announced that it will be shutting down online service for "some older EA titles". Included in the list is football game Madden NFL 09 (PS3 and Xbox 360), which was released in August 2008.

EA, it seems, has a different definition of "old". 2009 just ended, days ago! Here is the list of titles whose online service will cease on February 2, 2010.

UEFA Champions League 07 PC and Xbox 360 Facebreaker Xbox 360 and PS3 Fantasy Football 09 Xbox 360 and PS3 FIFA 07 PSP, PS2, PC Fight Night Round 3 PS2 Madden 07 Xbox 360 Madden 08 Wii Madden 08 PC Madden 09 Xbox1 Madden 09 Wii and PSP Madden 09 Xbox 360 and PS3 March Madness 07 Xbox 360 NBA 07 PSP, Xbox 360 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

According to EA, it is possible to play online up to the date mentioned. Then, poof, EA pulls the plug. If only EA would release another Madden game. Hopefully, it will have online, too!


    OK, I can understand doing this for the games on PS2 and original Xbox, But 07 seems too soon, granted I’m used to playing Blizzards RPG’s online that still have bucket loads of players after a decade after release, and maybe sports games totally lose their audience after the new year’s edition comes out. But 09 is just downright ludicrous. Madden 09 had almost 5 million players, surely people are still playing it.

    This kills two birds for EA- a lot less maintenance on 'older' superceded titles, AND funnelling onliner fans into a forced upgrade to latest version of a title. That's pretty clever, eh? Noo doot aboot it.

    Congratulations, EA, you've actually managed to take back a product people payed for after they already bought it. I mean, the servers don't have to stay on for a hundred years, but shutting down Madden '09 the minute '09 ends a is fucking scummy thing to do.

    yeah at least the new versions of madden actually seem to add things

    Disappointed - Yes. Surprised - No.

    Evidence of why getting sucked into 07,08,09,10,... game series can get you screwed over by publishers.

    thank god bad company is not on the list yet

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