Death Revisits EA Servers In August

Death Revisits EA Servers In August

Electronic Arts is performing another round of “online service shutdowns”, taking dozens of multiplayer games and demos offline forever. So, if you’re still playing Army of Two or Skate online, you won’t have the option much longer.

The latest round of shutdowns affects games on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii and PSP, spanning sports titles, shooters and driving games. The deactivation of EA’s online servers for the following games hits in two waves, one in early August, the other in early October.

Make peace with the following games. Get the remaining trophies and achievements you need. Say goodbye to your multiplayer pals.

August 11, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

  • Army of Two for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Army of Two Demo for Xbox 360
  • Battlefield 2142 Demo for PC
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox 360
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Demo for Xbox 360
  • Medal of honour Airborne for PlayStation Portable
  • Medal of honour Heroes 2 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
  • NASCAR 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (North America)
  • NCAA Basketball 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • NCAA Football 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted for PC and Xbox 360
  • Need for Speed Undercover for PlayStation Portable
  • Skate for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 Demo for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

October 1, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

  • Madden NFL 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • NHL 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360


  • I wish they’d do something different to this cancelling online services. I know it’s in the EULA but surely this should just show them that they should be making games peer to peer?

  • Im curious how they get away with something like this on a legal aspect… surely there are still Fans of these games using the service?

    • But they’re not paying a fee for the service so it’s hard to make much of a case for complaint. The games still work, just not online. How long should EA be expected to keep them running for when the vast majority of players have moved on?

      My question is why do the ’10 editions of Madden, NHL and Tiger Woods get the chop but apparently FIFA 10 survives? Won’t FIFA 12 be out by October? Or is it later?

      • “But they’re not paying a fee for the service so it’s hard to make much of a case for complaint. ”

        Yes there is, they bought the product and the service is attached to it.

        Back in my day, dedicated server support (on PC at least) ALSO meant being able to start your own server. Sure, it would be laggy in comparison to isp servers but it meant multiplayer still exists after the greedy bastards shut your games down.

      • I would have said they have an obligation to maintain the servers for any current generation games. They don’t allow peer to peer after all.

    • Well, EA taking this level of control over online play means two things.

      The first is that, particularly in games like Battlefield, you get really solid performance with large numbers of people because of dedicated hosting (instead of P2P like most other games). Adding to that, the reliable network service creates a better community (because the connections are more stable) and makes worldwide matchmaking more possible (due to the high bandwidth of dedicated servers).

      The second is that they have control over when you have to stop playing the games you own online, which sucks balls.

      So when you think about it, it doesn’t really matter to the enthusiast who buys every yearly iteration anyway (in fact, it’s probably better for them while it lasts).

  • Alot of these games have been out for a number of years and the majority of gamers are playing something else so i don’t see the problem.

    I prefer Dedicated servers over peer 2 peer

  • I just bought Army of Two: Total Fistbump Destruction at JB yesterday and last night there were 58 people playing the online component. So I can only imagine how many people are[n’t] playing the original haha

  • Can’t believe people are whinging over this. Fair dinkum , if your still playing games online that are 3 years old , get a life. surely you cant be that boring to go out an find something else. Its not a wife , you dont need to keep banging the same one.

    • I……. what?

      There are plenty of fantastic games I regularly play which are much older than 3 years. And it is the online component which keeps them going mostly. Just because a game is old doesn’t mean it is no longer any fun to play. It is not about always playing something new [which usually means “reused” these days].

      And how does playing only new games help you “get a life” than only playing older games does? lol, oh my.

      Though granted the games in the list above seem to be mostly the yearly franchise shovelwares, that doesnt stand for all “old” games.

      Just because you have grown tired of your wife, doesn’t mean everyone else doesn’t still enjoy theirs 😉

    • GTA IV, HL, CSS, Any MMO, Cod4, MW2, Uncharted 2 etc etc etc. THere are a lot of games that are 2 – 3 years old and even older that are still played reguarly with nothing wrong with them. Get an attention span longer than the next release.

  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PC) will still be playable on GameRanger. I added support for it back on April 7 in anticipation of this move. (I’m the developer of GameRanger.)

    There are around 5,000 multiplayer NFS:MW games played on GameRanger each day now.

    Oh, and GameRanger is based in Perth. 😉

  • The next round of cuts might be interesting, they will be close to servers that have required an online pass.

    So it will be interesting to see if the availability of the Online pass actually keeps these servers online for longer.

    Certainly interesting territory if someone buys an online pass and the following day they announce the servers will be offline within a month.

  • So… anyone still delusional enough to believe that their Xbox Live subscription fee’s cover the cost of keeping servers online anymore?

  • Only reason why the servers are deactivated is to give another incentive to buy the new installments of the games and to make EA even more unpopular. They still have a bunch of servers for the newer games, can’t cost that much dedicating some cpu time and bandwith there for the older games. If almost noone plays them than they also don’t need much bandwith/cpu time.

  • With more and more games using the online element as a mean to sell, I think that companies should release server software once they stop hosting, much of the games of the last genetarion become unplayable once the servers get shutdown.

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