EA will switch off the servers that power the online portions of a raft of its games, including FIFA 11, this month.
12 games go offline during January, EA announced. They are:
January 19, 2013 -- Online Services Shutdown
- Trenches II for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
January 14, 2013 -- Online Services Shutdown
- The Sims 2 for PC/MAC and TheSims2.com
January 11, 2013 -- Online Services Shutdown
- FIFA Soccer 11 for PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
- FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
- Madden NFL 11 for PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
- Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
- NBA JAM for PS3 & Xbox 360
- NBA LIVE 10 for PS3 & Xbox 360
- NCAA Football 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
- NHL 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
- NHL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
January 3, 2013 -- Online Services Shutdown
- FIFA Manager 11 for PC
The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy, the gargantuan publisher wrote on the EA website. 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% 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.