EA To Shut Down Many Online Servers For Sports Titles
With time, everything becomes obsolete. In the world of electronics, it seems to happen a lot faster than in any other industry.
According to GossipGamers, EA has revealed they'll be shutting down many of their online servers for existing sports games. This will happen on February 2 and encompass the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms. But one item on the list has ruffled a few feathers, especially those who are concerned that EA will make a habit of yanking servers about a year and a half after a particular title releases: Madden NFL 09 will be going offline on February 2, along with a bunch of older games. Now, obviously, EA wants to give people incentive to pick up Madden NFL 10 if they haven't already, and shutting down the servers on the older edition should offer some incentive. Some may consider this to be a little manipulative, though, seeing as how many titles stay online for more than a few years. Other games on the list, like the 2007 installments, make perfect sense. But even NCAA Football 09 is there, which means that after about a year with any given entry, you'll have to start watching the calendar to see when the online servers will disappear. Well, Madden fans probably buy the newest game every year in August, anyway, right?
The only question concerns other EA productions, and other games from other publishers that have popular online multiplayer. Some people get pretty attached to certain yearly releases...
1/3/2010 9:34:07 PM John Shepard