Electronic Arts will shut down the servers for multiple online-enabled games in the coming months, saying that those who play the games represent less than 1 percent of its online customers.
Among the games being retired in August and October updates are EA Montreal's original Army of Two
, EA Canada's Need for Speed Most Wanted
for Xbox 360 and PC (joining the PSP and Xbox versions in retirement), the original Skate
, Digital Illusions' Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
, and a handful of legacy EA Sports titles.
"The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy," the company said in its service update
"We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99 percent of customers playing our more popular games," it added, saying that the combined online gameplay for these titles was less than 1 percent of the company's total.
Fortunately, all of the games being retired have a sequel or updated iteration still functioning online. The full schedule of upcoming server shutdowns is available here