EA End of Online Support Announcement

EA has announced the end of online support for several games (thanks GamePro) in what may be an annual event, as a similar announcement came around this time last year (story). Word is:
Servers for the games listed below will be shut down on the indicated dates. You may continue to play the games online up until these dates, but certain community programs may begin to close down prior to the shutdown dates.

All of us at EA would like to thank you for your valued participation in our online gaming community and hope that your enthusiasm for these games extends to our current lineup and beyond.

If you have further questions about your account or the shut down of these services, please visit http://support.ea.com.

Thank you,
Electronic Arts

September 1, 2007 Online Service Shutdown
Arena Football for PlayStation 2
Arena Football for Xbox
FIFA Soccer 06 for Xbox 360
FIFA Soccer 06 for PC
FIFA06 for PC
FIFA Soccer 06 for PlayStation 2
FIFA Soccer 06 for PlayStation Portable
FIFA Soccer 06 for Xbox
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PC
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PlayStation 2
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PlayStation Portable
FIFA World Cup 2006 for Xbox
Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation Portable
Fight Night Round 3 for Xbox
Madden NFL 06 for Xbox 360
Madden NFL 06 for PC
Madden NFL 06 for PlayStation 2
Madden NFL 06 for PlayStation Portable
Madden NFL 06 for Xbox
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects for PlayStation 2
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects for Xbox
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for PlayStation 2
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for Xbox
NASCAR 06 Total Team Control for PlayStation 2
NASCAR 06 Total Team Control for Xbox
NBA Live 06 for Xbox 360
NBA Live 06 for PC
NBA Live 06 for PlayStation 2
NBA Live 06 for PlayStation Portable
NCAA Football 2005 for Xbox
NCAA Football 2006 for PlayStation 2
NCAA Football 2006 for Xbox
NCAA March Madness 06 for PlayStation 2
NCAA March Madness 06 for Xbox
NFL Head Coach for PC
NFL Head Coach for Xbox
NFL Head Coach for PlayStation 2
NHL 06 for PC
NHL 06 for PlayStation 2
NHL 06 for Xbox
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for Xbox 360
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for Xbox

November 1, 2007 Online Service Shutdown
Burnout Revenge for Xbox
Burnout Revenge for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Underground for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Underground 2 for PC
Need for Speed Underground 2 for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Most Wanted for PlayStation Portable
Need for Speed Most Wanted for Xbox
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Aug 5, 2007, 14:11
Prez
 
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Re: No subject Aug 5, 2007, 14:11
Aug 5, 2007, 14:11
 Prez
 
Doesn't seem like the end of the world to me.

EDIT: Then again, I'm not much of a multiplayer gamer.


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No subject
Aug 5, 2007, 13:37
Dev
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Aug 5, 2007, 13:37
Dev
 
UltimateBob: Be a little hard to do that for the majority of games on the list which are... PS2 and xbox and xbox 360, and PSP.

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Re: Third Party Support?
Aug 5, 2007, 12:09
JD
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Re: Third Party Support? Aug 5, 2007, 12:09
Aug 5, 2007, 12:09
JD
 
I'm curious... now many of these games have DirectPlay support for home LAN gaming?
Most if not all of EA's games also support Internet play via specifying an IP address to directly connect to the host. The problem though is finding players. GameSpy Arcade could offer such lobby/matchmaking services for EA's discontinued games but for some reason it never has even though it does offer lobbies for other publishers/developers' games even when they are not "powered by Gamespy."

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Third Party Support?
Aug 5, 2007, 12:03
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Third Party Support? Aug 5, 2007, 12:03
Aug 5, 2007, 12:03
 
I'm curious... now many of these games have DirectPlay support for home LAN gaming? If they do, it's not that hard for a third party service use that to offer their own player matching service for them.

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Re: No subject
Aug 5, 2007, 11:15
JD
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Re: No subject Aug 5, 2007, 11:15
Aug 5, 2007, 11:15
JD
 
Sooo... it's not like it's out of the blue.
Yes, because it's okay if EA screws customers so long as they are regular about it and put it in fine print on the back of the box.

And, like, it's only a game... again... some perspective needed?
Yes, it's only some games that cost $50 a piece.

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Re: No subject
Aug 5, 2007, 10:21
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Aug 5, 2007, 10:21
 
Agreed 100%. I would be worried (as a developer) that I would be sued for false advertising if I cut on-line support before say, 4 years.
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Aug 5, 2007, 05:49
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Aug 5, 2007, 05:49
 
If these games are still on the shelves......wonder if they can be sued for not providing at least 30 days of online play.

Kinda shady if your still out there pimping your games with half of it's functionality gone.


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No subject
Aug 5, 2007, 02:21
Dev
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No subject Aug 5, 2007, 02:21
Aug 5, 2007, 02:21
Dev
 
Pigeon: Dunno wtf you are talking about 2 years.
Most of the games on the list are 1 year, and at least a few are more like 6 months.

NICE GOING EA!! Kill an online game after 6 months of play!

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Aug 5, 2007, 02:10
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Aug 5, 2007, 02:10
 
This one is even less than a year: MVP 07 NCAA Baseball. I'm seeing a release date of February 2007.

And its also looking like Marvel Nemesis 2 won't be out till December of '08, so I guess if you liked that kind of thing you'll be SOL for online play. Kinda surprised at the Need for Speeds as well.

The 30 day thing is a load, it does nothing to assure you, your game will have any sort of online lifespan. You could literally buy the game and then see a 30 day notice the next day.

Lastly I realize they've done this before, and probably will do it again, but that's not going to stop me and others from holding their noses at the big steaming pile EA has left square in the center of the room.

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Re: No subject
Aug 5, 2007, 01:24
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Re: No subject Aug 5, 2007, 01:24
Aug 5, 2007, 01:24
 
Evil? They're just, like, games... Is this really such big and/or important news? On the back of my FIFA 07 box it says:

"EA may retire online features after 30 days notice posted on www.easports.com"

Sooo... it's not like it's out of the blue. And they have been doing this for a while. And, like, it's only a game... again... some perspective needed?

Evil is relative. Nothing a game company will do will live up to say, the Rwandan Genocides, but in terms of evilness when it comes to games, EA seems to be up there (June of 06? Ugh.)

I'd personally use more descriptive terms like 'douchebags' or 'shitheads' but 'evil' works for some people, I guess

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Aug 5, 2007, 00:34
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Aug 5, 2007, 00:34
 
I mean, we all know they're evil but have they become so powerful that they can be this openly evil?

Evil? They're just, like, games... Is this really such big and/or important news? On the back of my FIFA 07 box it says:

"EA may retire online features after 30 days notice posted on www.easports.com"

Sooo... it's not like it's out of the blue. And they have been doing this for a while. And, like, it's only a game... again... some perspective needed?

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Aug 4, 2007, 23:20
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Aug 4, 2007, 23:20
 
Wow - kinda of short life spans for 2006 games.

Rev. Norb: I'd just like to say that four for a dollar Tijuana tacos seemed like a good idea at the time. Please pass the toilet paper.
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Head Coach
Aug 4, 2007, 23:10
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Head Coach Aug 4, 2007, 23:10
Aug 4, 2007, 23:10
 
NFL Head Coach came out June of 2006! That's just about one year of online play before shutting the servers down. How crappy is that?

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Aug 4, 2007, 20:58
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Aug 4, 2007, 20:58
 
Its one thing to stop supporting a game by no longer releasing patches or new content, but cutting of on-line access is despicable. “ONLINE ACCES WIL BE UNAVALIBLE AFTER 2 YEARS FROM ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE” should be printed in big bold letters on the covers of these games, actually in some cases its looking more like one year. I can’t say this is overly surprising coming form EA, aren’t they also one of the companies that likes/ed to include anti-piracy software that often compromised the functioning of a machine or opened security vulnerabilities?

I don’t believe I’ve played an EA game in years, but hearing news like this will really affect the likelihood I’d purchase one of their games.

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Aug 4, 2007, 20:51
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Aug 4, 2007, 20:51
 
Wow. I guess EA is past caring how this sort of thing makes them look. This is such a blatant "fuck you" to everyone.

I mean, we all know they're evil but have they become so powerful that they can be this openly evil?

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Aug 4, 2007, 20:38
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Aug 4, 2007, 20:38
 
"We at EA would like to thank you for your support of our games by disabling part of their functionality. While you paid for a game that included multiplayer online functionality, we did state in small print at the bottom that the online features may be "retired" after 30 days notice. We hope you will choose to upgrade to the latest version of our football/golf/hockey/basketball/racing/soccer simulations which include new jerseys/polo shirts/advertisements/decals/grass animations as well as functioning online play. Please note, the previously mentioned online play will be canceled this time next year may be retired with 30 days notice.

All of us at EA would like to thank you for your money and hope that you buy our current and future lineup so that you can continue to play online."

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Re: BF2
Aug 4, 2007, 20:29
JD
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Re: BF2 Aug 4, 2007, 20:29
Aug 4, 2007, 20:29
JD
 
Don't you mean BF1942? I don't think they dropped support for it yet.
The Battlefield series is "powered by Gamespy," and aside from the game Apocalyptica I have never seen a Gamespy-integrated game have its online play support dropped after release.


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Fight Night Round 3?
Aug 4, 2007, 18:28
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Fight Night Round 3? Aug 4, 2007, 18:28
Aug 4, 2007, 18:28
 
For PSP and XBox? Aren't those games brand new? That's seriously fucked up. There's not even newer games to migrate to.

FN3 was released Feb 22 2006 for both of those platforms.

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Re: BF2
Aug 4, 2007, 17:30
Ant
 
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Re: BF2 Aug 4, 2007, 17:30
Aug 4, 2007, 17:30
 Ant
 
Don't you mean BF1942? I don't think they dropped support for it yet.
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Aug 4, 2007, 17:11
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Aug 4, 2007, 17:11
 
I'm a bit surprised they can even pull support for Xbox games. Doesn't MS control all the servers for that, not EA?

EA originally wouldnt use xbox live because microsoft wanted to run the servers. EA wanted them to disable online play for games when the next version was release, and MS rightly told them to fuck off.

Eventually they reached a compromise whereby EA runs their own servers and backend that hooks into the live enviroment. They can do what they want with their servers, and MS dont have any control.

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