It?s a sad day for online gaming as EA has announced that they will be shutting down servers for 50 of their game titles on June 30. This means that these games, some of which include some of the best games of all time, won?t be having their online components anymore.
A lot of consoles will be affected as these games don?t just run on the PC. There are also games that run on the Wii, PS2 as well as the Nintendo DS.
This decision to halt the online support of these games comes with the coming closure of Gamespy, the online service that has acted as a life support for these games for years. With Gamespy closing down, EA will be forced to cut off those games as well.
According to EA, the decision to retire or to halt the online services of their games is never easy and they will try to evaluate options to keep services up and running. As of right now though, they said that there are technical challenges and they are concerned about the player experience so there is no clear solution at this time.
Massively popular titles like Battlefield 2, Battefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assualt, and the Command and Conquer franchise of games will all see themselves closing their online shop.
Hopefully, EA will find some sort of fix or the community can lobby a suggestion on how to preserve these games online. If you are still playing any of these games, play them now until they are still up.
The full list is 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 Undertide 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
Photo Source: EA blog