Electronic Arts (EA), an America-based video game development organization, is one of the largest and oldest companies in the scene. The video game giant has been releasing games now and then as well as shut some down throughout its functional years. In recent news, EA Games is said to be closing down the online services for 7 of its games. It is safe to say that in past years, the gaming community has seen many game launches with online multiplayer. However, online services do not necessarily last as long and are shut down after some time, while the offline game continues to be available.
The norm is that in case a game’s online services are going to be shut down, the fans must receive an advanced notice from the publisher (in this case EA Games). Agreeably, EA has also given ample time to fans before the shutdown. Being one of those companies that has been around since the beginning of PC gaming and we have seen many games come and go; it has come to a point where rare EA games are a collector’s item. Usually, EA spreads out its game shutdowns but this time around, EA is shutting down 7 of its published games online services.
The shutdown will take place on Friday, December 8, 2023. The games whose online services are being shut down are:
- Battlefield 1943 (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)
- Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3/Xbox 360)
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)
- Crysis 3 (PS3/Xbox 360)
- Dante’s Inferno (PS3/PSP/Xbox 360)
- Dead Space 2 (PC/PS3/Xbox 360)
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
As mentioned before, just the online services of these games are going to be shut down which means that the offline version will be available for fans to enjoy. But in case fans who want to take advantage of these games online services before they are shut down, time is running out so they have to hurry up. However, some games have been delisted by EA Games as well so fans will struggle to find a hard copy as well for those before the shutdown.
All games being shut down are big names in the industry and definitely will be missed by many. But the reason for their online service shut down is also because as per data, these games are rarely being played online as fans prefer the offline version which is going to continue being sold. There may even be some new ones coming out later on as there is a possibility of online multiplayer experiences being brought back in the future. For example a Dead Space 2 remake in place of the one that is being shut down of its online services. Either way, the updates will come as they do, for now, if you want to take advantage of the games, they can only do so until December 8 so giddy up!