EA retiring online services for nearly 30 games

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be shutting down online services for nearly thirty games, most of them sports titles, with a little Lord of the Rings thrown in for good measure. Shutdowns include entries in the FIFA, Sims, Fight Night and NBA Live franchises. 

“As background information, the EA SPORTS games scheduled for shutdown in February and March 2011 represent roughly 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles,” explains the publisher. “Despite some people’s perception, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these older 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.

“These decisions to retire games is never easy. The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.”

And nothing of value was lost. Check out the full list of retired games below: 

Mar 1, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 09 for Wii

Feb 8, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

FIFA 07 for Xbox 360

FIFA 08 for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii

FIFA 09 for PC, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii

FIFA 09 Ultimate Team for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

FIFA Street 3 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

EA SPORTS™ FIFA Manager 10 for PC

EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Madden 09 for PlayStation Portable (all regions), PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii

Madden 10 for PlayStation Portable (all regions), PlayStation 2 and Wii

NBA LIVE 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NBA LIVE 09 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii

NCAA® Basketball 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NCAA® Basketball 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NCAA® Football 07 for Xbox 360

NCAA® Football 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NCAA® Football 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NCAA® Football 10 for PlayStation 2

NFL Head Coach 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NHL® 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NHL® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

UEFA EURO 2008™ for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

2010 FIFA World Cup™ for PlayStation Portable and Wii

2010 FIFA World Cup™ Demo for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Jan 17, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

The Sims Carnival

Jan 11, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II for Xbox 360

The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II, The Rise of the Witch-king™ for Xbox 360

Dec 31, 2010 Online Service Shutdown

The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ for PC

The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II for PC

The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II, The Rise of the Witch-king™ for PC

Previously Shut Down Online Service

Arena Football™ for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Arena Football™: Road to Glory for PlayStation 2

Armies of Exigo™ for PC

Army of Two™ for PlayStation 3 (Asia only)

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat™ for Xbox

Burnout™ Revenge for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Burnout™ Dominator for PlayStation Portable

Burnout™ 3: Takedown ™ for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Def Jam® for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

EA SPORTS™ Fantasy Football 09 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 2 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Xbox

FIFA Soccer 2005 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

FIFA 06 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

FIFA 07 for PC, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

FIFA 08 for PC

Facebreaker™ for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

The Godfather™ The Game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent™ for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest™ for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

MVP Baseball™ 2005 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

MVP™ 07 NCAA® Baseball for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Madden NFL 05 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Madden NFL 06 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

Madden NFL 07 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

Madden NFL 08 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox and Xbox 360

Madden NFL 09 for Xbox

Marvel Nemesis™: Rise of the Imperfects™ for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Medal of Honor Pacific Assault™ for PC

Medal of Honor™ Rising Sun for PlayStation 2

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames™ for PC

NASCAR® 05: Chase for the Cup™ for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NASCAR® 06: Total Team Control for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NASCAR® 07 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360

NASCAR® 08 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NASCAR® 09 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (Europe Only)

NBA LIVE 05 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NBA LIVE 06 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

NBA LIVE 07 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

NBA LIVE 08 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii

NBA LIVE 09 for Wii (Europe only)

NBA Street (2007) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NBA Street V3 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NCAA® Football 05 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NCAA® Football 06 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NCAA® Football 07 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Xbox

NCAA® Football 08 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NCAA® Football 09 for PlayStation 2

NCAA® March Madness 06 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NCAA® March Madness™ 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NCAA® March Madness® 07 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360

Need for Speed™ Carbon for PlayStation Portable

Need for Speed™ Most Wanted for PlayStation Portable and Xbox

Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation Portable

Need for Speed™ Underground for PlayStation 2

Need for Speed™ Underground 2 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NFL Head Coach for PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox

NFL STREET 2: Unleashed for PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NFL STREET 3 for PlayStation 2

NFL Tour for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

NHL® 2005 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NHL® 06 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

NHL® 07 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

NHL® 08 for PC

NHL® 08 for PlayStation 2

The Simpsons™ Game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 05 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06 for PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 07 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 08 for PC, PlayStation 2 PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360

TimeSplitters 3: Future Perfect™ for Xbox and PlayStation 2

Total Club Manager 06 for PlayStation 2

UEFA Champions League™ 2004-2005 for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

UEFA Champions League™ 2006-2007 for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable

UEFA Champions League™ 07 for PC and Xbox 360

UEFA Euro 2008™ for PC

2006 FIFA World Cup™ for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360

2010 FIFA World Cup™ for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (only Hospitality upload functionality retired)

 

Jim Sterling