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Old 05-12-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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EA to Shut Down Online Support for Battlefield 2, Crysis 2 & Many More in June

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/05/...y-more-in-june


By Lucy O'Brien


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In an EA blog post, the publisher has stressed that it is "still investigating" solutions to keep certain fan favourites online, in the face of "significant technical hurdles."

"We know some of these games are still fan favorites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games," reads the post.

"We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer. Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we donít have anything to announce."

The original story is below.

EA will shut down online support for 50 of its older games on June 30, including Battlefield 2 for PC, Crysis 2 for PC and several installments in the FIFA and Command & Conquer series.

We've known for a while that many of these games were at risk of being taken offline due the upcoming shutdown of Glu's GameSpy multiplayer servers. It was recently revealed that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will survive the shutdown thanks to third-party support, but some were simply getting a little too long in the tooth to be worth fighting for.

"The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy," reads an update on EA's 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 -- typically fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles -- where itís 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."


The full list of affected games can be found below:


  • Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac (including The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WW2 expansions)
  • Battlefield 2 for PC (including Special Forces expansion)
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for PlayStation 2
  • Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion)
  • Battlefield Vietnam for PC
  • Bejeweled (r) 2 for the Wii
  • Bulletstorm for PlayStation 3
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for PC and Mac (including Kane's Wrath expansion)
  • Command & Conquer: Generals for PC and Mac (including Zero Hour expansion)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for PC and Mac
  • Crysis 2 for PC
  • Crysis for PC
  • Crysis Wars for PC
  • Dracula - Undead Awakening for the Wii
  • Dragon Sakura for Nintendo DS
  • EA Sports 06 for PC
  • F1 2002 for PC
  • FIFA Soccer 08 (KOR) for the Wii
  • FIFA Soccer 08 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Soccer 09 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Soccer 10 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Street 3 for Nintendo DS
  • Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers for PlayStation 2
  • Global Operations for PC
  • GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND for the Wii
  • James Bond: Nightfire for PC
  • Madden NFL 08 for Nintendo DS
  • Madden NFL 09 for Nintendo DS
  • Master of Orion III for PC
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault for PC and Mac (including Breakthrough and Spearhead expansions)
  • MySims Party for Wii
  • MySims Racing for Nintendo DS
  • MySims SkyHeroes for the Wii and DS
  • NASCAR Sim Racing for PC
  • NASCAR Thunder 2003 for PC
  • NASCAR Thunder 2004 for PC
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC
  • Need for Speed: ProStreet for Nintendo DS
  • Need for Speed: Undercover for Nintendo DS
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC and Mac
  • Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux (including Hordes of the Underdark and Shadows of Undrentide expansions)
  • SimCity Creator for Wii
  • Skate It for Nintendo DS
  • Sneezies for the Wii
  • Spore Creatures for Nintendo DS
  • Spore Hero Arena for Nintendo DS
  • Star Wars: Battlefront for PC and PlayStation 2
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II for PC and PlayStation 2
  • THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND for the Wii
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Nintendo DS
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:00 PM   #3
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EA isn't doing it, Gamespy is shutting down, which is the service used for the multiplayer connectivity in those games. I like how it states that half-assed in the article and then uses a sensationalist headline. Well, that's IGN for you lol.

As for the games affected, I'd wager most of those aren't played enough for it to make much of a difference anyways.
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Actually, for some of these, it makes no sense that EA is shutting the servers down: IIRC Battlefield 2 was just on sale on Origin.
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Actually, for some of these, it makes no sense that EA is shutting the servers down: IIRC Battlefield 2 was just on sale on Origin.
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