I wince every time we get one of these announcements that online servers are being shut down. This time out, EA is pulling the plug on the servers of 11 console games and three iOS games (including the defunct Battlefield 3: Aftershock). Among the list are the fantastic Burnout: Revenge for Xbox 360 and the fun family title BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii.
Also on the list, though, are some troubling entries. The XBLA and PSN title Spare Parts, only 14 months old, is losing its online features. This also marks the first time that EA is shutting down games that require an online pass to access multiplayer features. For those that purchased the game new, this round of server shutdowns will sting, but not any more than usual. If you picked up a used copy of EA Sports MMA (released in October 2010 – only 18 months ago), though, you’re going to be out the extra $10 you spent to play online.
It’s important to note that EA is within their rights to shut down servers at any time. However, there is a large gap between what is legally permissible and what will yield positive public perception.
Here is the full list of games on the chopping block:
April 13, 2012 — Online Services Shutdown
- BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii
- Burnout™ Revenge for Xbox 360
- EA Create for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
- EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
- EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii
- FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
- The Godfather™ II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360
March 31, 2012 — Online Services Shutdown
- BATTLEFIELD™ 3: Aftershock for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Fantasi Safari for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Ghost Harvest for iPhone