Electronic Arts is set to close servers for a number of its games, removing the online component from titles like Godfather
and Lord of the Rings: Conquest
beginning in March.
Consumer weblog Kotaku located a full list
of the planned closures -- many are original Xbox titles, the service which Microsoft itself plans to close in April
But next-gen multiplatform titles like The Simpsons
are also included. Other shut-downs are more limited, such as the closure of Mercenaries 2
servers affecting the PC version only, and the closure of Army of Two
occurring only on the Asia PS3 version.
The full list is as follows:
March 16, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
Def Jam for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Godfather for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Lord of the Rings: Conquest for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for PC
Need for Speed: Carbon for PlayStation Portable
Need for Speed: ProStreet for PlayStation Portable
Simpsons for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
April 15, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
Burnout 3: Takedown for PlayStation 2
Army of Two for PlayStation 3 (Asia only)
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox
Burnout 3: Takedown for Xbox
Madden NFL 09 for Xbox
After a fiscal third quarter analysts called 'pretty abysmal'
, EA is especially focused on selecting only its most profitable avenues of business. The affected servers likely no longer have enough players to justify the cost of their continuing operation.