A dozen EA games are scheduled to lose online multiplayer support over March and April when their servers are shut down, the video games colossus has revealed, including The Godfather on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and Mercenaries 2 on PC.
EA states that the games on the hitlist "represent less than 0.3% of all peak online players across all EA titles"--no doubt seeking to avoid a repeat of the upset following the last round of shutdowns, which hit Madden NFL 09 and Facebreaker among others.
Despite some people's perception, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these older games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99.7% of customers playing our more popular games. These decisions to retire games is never easy. The EA 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.
The list, below, also reveals the final three EA Xbox survivors--Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Burnout 3: Takedown and Madden NFL 09--who've dodged shutdowns so far but will finally go dark when Microsoft ends Xbox Live for the original Xbox on April 15.
March 16, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
* Def Jam for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
* Godfather for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
* Lord of the Rings: Conquest for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
* Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for PC
* Need for Speed: Carbon for PlayStation Portable
* Need for Speed: ProStreet for PlayStation Portable
* Simpsons for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
April 15, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
* Burnout 3: Takedown for PlayStation 2
* Army of Two for PlayStation 3 (Asia only)
Additionally, the shutdown of Xbox LIVE for Original Xbox consoles and games (scheduled for April 15, 2010) will retire online services for the following titles:
* Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox
* Burnout 3: Takedown for Xbox
* Madden NFL 09 for Xbox
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