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EA to shut down online services for multiple titles

One day after finding $750 million USD under the bed to buy PopCap, EA decides it can’t scratch together enough change to keep online servers for two year old games running.
With titles like NHL ’10 and Madden NFL ’10 on the list (reproduced below), it’s difficult to see this as anything other than a strongarm attempt to make players buy the latest version of each series. Because that’s precisely what it is.
EA claim that these shutdowns will affect “fewer than 1% of all peak online players”. Now, I’m not saying I don’t believe that figure, but I’d like to see the full statistics before I’m convinced.
Anyway, bad news if you still played any of the following titles online:
August 11, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

ARMY OF TWO™ for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
ARMY OF TWO™ Demo for Xbox 360
Battlefield 2142™ Demo for PC
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat™ for Xbox 360
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat™ Demo for Xbox 360
Medal of Honor Airborne™ for PlayStation Portable
Medal of Honor Heroes™ 2 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
NASCAR® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (North America)
NCAA® Basketball 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted for PC and Xbox 360
Need for Speed™ Undercover for PlayStation Portable;
SKATE™ for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 11 Demo for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

October 1, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

Madden NFL 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NHL® 10 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Source: ea.com



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