EA has announced that 14 games will no longer have online functionality by April 13th.
The first round takes place on March 31st, and consists of 3 three iOS games, including the abysmal Battlefield 3 Aftershock, which was pulled from the App store recently. The second round on April 13th will render the online functionality for eleven consoles games absolute.
Some of the games on the list should raise a flag or two, as RipTen reports:
- Spore Parts was released only 14 months ago.
- MMA, which requires an online pass ($10 for buying it used) and only 18 months old.
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
With these types of moves by publishers becoming the norm, the option to rent or run private servers on consoles should be mandatory. The first game that will implement such a program (rental) is Battlefield 3.