I’ll try to remain as objective as possible here because EA has always done right by us from a business perspective. They’ve been tremendous to work with and extremely helpful when they’ve no real requirement to go above and beyond. Know that behind the scenes, the folks at EA are all very stand up people and are the genuine article.
That being said – the decision to shut down online servers for games never leaves a good taste in anyone’s mouth. We understand the business side of the decision – servers that aren’t getting used to capacity are simply a loss. It’s an indisputable fact. However, when you sell a game where online functionality is included as a selling point, we feel companies owe it to their customers to provide that service, at least for a time that is reasonable, regardless of business loss.
We’re obviously not privy to the dollars and cents involved in EA providing their own servers for online games rather than using system wide services like other companies. We do know that this practice has garnered EA a somewhat muddled reputation in regards to quality of online experience at times. That all being said, we wonder if it’s possible to make a conversion where rather than shutting down servers completely, perhaps EA could shift limited support over to a generic server, even if it just means players can still partake in the basic online functionality of a given game? Obviously this is purely rhetorical, and again we understand the business need behind these decisions. It’s never an easy choice, but it still leaves a bad taste in gamer’s mouthes, particularly when follow ups to games being shut down haven’t been released yet.
Here is the list for upcoming shut downs, as well as a link to check out what else has been subjected to cuts in the past:
April 13, 2012 — Online Services Shutdown
- BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii
- Burnout™ Revenge for Xbox 360
- EA Create for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
- EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
- EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii
- FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
- The Godfather™ II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360
March 31, 2012 — Online Services Shutdown
- BATTLEFIELD™ 3: Aftershock for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Fantasi Safari for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Ghost Harvest for iPhone