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EA Ending Online Support for "Older" Games

An EA Service Update announces plans to end online support for some older games, saying making such decisions is "never easy." The majority of games on the hit list are console titles, the only PC games impacted by this move will be the Battlefield 2142 demo and Need for Speed Most Wanted, both off which will go offline on August 11. Word is: "But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles below a point -- fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles -- where itís feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage." Thanks Shacknews.

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39. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 15:26 kanniballl
 
I recall when they yanked Tribes: Vengeance. I don't think the game was even one year old at that point.

I enjoyed it, it wasn't GREAT but it was fun. Then again I wasn't much of a classic Tribes fan so I wasn't looking down at it.

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38. Re: EA Ending Online Support for "Older" Games Jul 13, 2011, 14:36 venomhed
 
Sucks that EA and others won't release the server info so that you can run your own for other to hook into. That's always been the downfall of the remove your own Server game "feature" that has been all the rage over the years. There were some benefits, but few compared to the negs.  
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37. Re: EA Ending Online Support for "Older" Games Jul 13, 2011, 13:34 Verno
 
I'm not shocked, plenty of pirates turn to programs like Hamachi and GameRanger to play multiplayer. I'm not sure about NFS:MW and GameRanger specifically but I'm assuming EA didn't provide him with an authDB to verify against. They're all wonderful programs with legitimate purposes but the downside is that the kind of people who pirate titles like The Witcher 2 get to use them as well. Incidentally I saw The Witcher 2 had something like 20000 seeds on TPB alone, sad.  
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36. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 13:22 Scott Kevill
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 13:19:
Ordinarily it wouldn't have been a stupid question, but given that I used the word multiplayer in exactly what you quoted, well..

True enough.
Just shocked there are that many games played. Do you have a unique user number?

Not off the top of my head, but those kind of stats are logged in the system should they prove useful to dig up someday.
 
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35. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 13:19 Beamer
 
Ordinarily it wouldn't have been a stupid question, but given that I used the word multiplayer in exactly what you quoted, well..

True enough.
Just shocked there are that many games played. Do you have a unique user number?
 
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34. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 12:33 Scott Kevill
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 12:27:
There are around 5,000 multiplayer NFS:MW games played on GameRanger each day now.

Much, much more significant than I would have expected.
Perhaps a stupid question, but these are all multiplayer games, correct?

Ordinarily it wouldn't have been a stupid question, but given that I used the word multiplayer in exactly what you quoted, well...
 
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33. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 12:29 Bumpy
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 07:01:
Didn't know anyone still went to Shacknews after their terrible redesign. It's funny how the forum\comments system has remained as is with the old look, simply grafted into the new design.

Yup, use to visit the Shack all the time. Their redesign and that they've gone mostly console stopped me pretty quickly.
 
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32. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 12:27 Beamer
 
There are around 5,000 multiplayer NFS:MW games played on GameRanger each day now.

Much, much more significant than I would have expected.
Perhaps a stupid question, but these are all multiplayer games, correct?
 
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31. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 12:10 Verno
 
I don't see any reason why the BF2142 demo couldn't be added as well. Although it's probably not very popular, it might be a more troubling sign that the full games are due to be discontinued soon as well.

Which is yet another bizarre thing from EA. BF2142 was supposed to get a big patch, Steam launch and basically "reboot" for all intents and purposes. Instead it's been shoved to the background probably forever now and they decided to have a big tiff with Steam which just hurts the consumer. EA is always one step forward, two steps back. So frustrating.

Assley

What is your bizarre obsession with that guy? You're like a little kid who saw a washed up soap star and think its hilarious to harass him.
 
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30. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 12:03 Dev
 
EA does this every year, and its not unusual to see titles on the shutdown list that are just over a year old.
LordB3ta wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 11:20:
And this is why I will never buy games from EA's Origin. Steam could conceivably do this, but their business is selling games, EA's is selling new games.
Well lets see, valve has Counter-Strike which is about 11 years old now and is the 2nd most played multiplayer PC FPS in the world. TF2 inched above it since it went F2P. Prior to that it was #1. Oh and #3 is CS:S. #4 is MW2 with less than half the players of either.
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29. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 11:22 nin
 
Steam could conceivably do this

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28. Re: EA Ending Online Support for "Older" Games Jul 13, 2011, 11:20 LordB3ta
 
And this is why I will never buy games from EA's Origin. Steam could conceivably do this, but their business is selling games, EA's is selling new games.  
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27. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 11:06 nin
 
(Iím the developer of GameRanger.)

Kudos to you, sir.


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26. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 11:04 Scott Kevill
 
Need for Speed: Most Wanted will still be playable on GameRanger. I added support for it back on April 7 in anticipation of this move. (Iím the developer of GameRanger.)

There are around 5,000 multiplayer NFS:MW games played on GameRanger each day now.

I don't see any reason why the BF2142 demo couldn't be added as well. Although it's probably not very popular, it might be a more troubling sign that the full games are due to be discontinued soon as well.
 
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25. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 10:17 Tumbler
 
DDI wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 10:02:
It's the goddamn Battlefield 2142 demo.

Yeah but when you put it in bold, Battlefield 2142 and then don't mention demo until the next line it's easily missed and people will be far more upset if they think the bf2142 servers are all being turned off! Hehe, I know this was just a funny coincidence but seemed so perfect. BF 2142 being turned off!?! ....oh, what is this word on the next line? demo? So they're turning off the demo servers...oh.

Doesn't this game have dedicated server software anyway? Ppl can still run the game even if EA turns off their official servers?
 
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24. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 10:16 Verno
 
DDI wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 10:02:
It's the goddamn Battlefield 2142 demo.

They got no money from you at all for it.

Need for Speed Most Wanted. And this isn't the first nor will it be the last time they "end support" for games. If the network infrastructure is such a strain on poor EA then give the community the dedicated server executables. That would interfere with the forced upgrade plan though.
 
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23. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 10:02 DDI
 
It's the goddamn Battlefield 2142 demo.

They got no money from you at all for it.
 
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22. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 09:56 nin
 

Remember guys, now that EA has their own download service, they're suddenly going to turn a page and treat everyone right!

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21. Re: EA Ending Online Support for Jul 13, 2011, 09:52 Prez
 
EA could win back a whole lotta respect (from me at least) if they were to release the "closed" games on GOG with private server functionality. Sure, paying for it again might suck, but they are less than 10 bucks, run on modern OS's, and are DRM free AND it gives players who still want to play the older (better?) games the choice to do so. The success of GOG proves that there is a segment of the PC market who desire this.

Now that EA is on GOG (something I admittedly figured would never happen), it's possible.
 
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20. Re: EA Ending Online Support for "Older" Games Jul 13, 2011, 09:29 baltar
 
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