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EA Shutting Down More Servers, Includes Online Pass Game

The list is growing.

EA has posted a new list on their website detailing server shutdowns.

The idea behind it is to cut down on server costs and EA stated that it would be affecting less than 1% of their peak time online users.

Still, there are a few games in there that might annoy some of you to see, including MMA which requires an online pass and was released just 18 months ago.

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

The full list can be found on their website.

Source: EA.com.

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50 Comments
  1. Kevling
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    EA Sports Active 2? I haven’t even openend my copy yet!

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:11.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Me neither…

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:19.
      • shields_t
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        The online service never worked properly and was wholly innacurate when it did anyway, youo won’t be losing anything by not being able to connect to the servers.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:34.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        I opened mine and did the first session. Once i recovered from my near-cardiac-arrest i boxed it up again and placed it carefully out of harms way in the back of a cupboard, where it remains… like a loaded gun – should i ever want to play russian roulette with my life through the medium of a motion controlled video game! ;)

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:45.
      • blackredyellow
        Member
        Since: Mar 2009

        Not the best game. But no longer possible to Platinum as there’s online trophies.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 12:26.
      • cheekyMcB
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        I have 50+% trophies on this and although it’s a few months since I played it I think only 1 trophy requires online connection.

        “Making Friends-Join or create a Workout Group” is the only one I believe that needs the EA servers and it is do-able straight away, you just have to make up a name and it’s done.

        As far as I can remember the Survey trophies are all offline (they are just a way to make you examine your lifestyle, not to compare with others) though I’m not 100% sure. If I am wrong they only take 5 workouts to do and that’s totally do-able before EA switch the servers off in mid-April.

        They are:
        “Survey Says-Fill in 5 Lifestyle and Nutrition Surveys
        Staying Alive-Fill in 5 Other Activity Surveys
        Checking In-Fill in the Lifestyle and Nutrition Survey
        Getting Out-Fill in the Other Activity Survey”

        Finally I think it’s worth pointing put that the multiplayer trophy (below) IS NOT online. It require 2 sets of equipment and 2 users in the same room.

        “Workout Buddies-Complete a Multiplayer Workout”

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 14:33.
    • TheLig
      Causing trouble is my business and business is good
      Since: Dec 2008

      Don’t do it! I broke my foot playing this “game”!

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 14:04.
      • Foxhound_Solid
        Is a smart cookie.
        Since: Dec 2009

        Seriously…?

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 19:35.
  2. adamguest1985
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Flogged my (unopened) copy of MMA a couple of days ago, after it had been sat on the shelf for a year.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:14.
  3. wonkey-willy
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    sabotuer? still not finished that yet.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:16.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      I wouldn’t worry, you’ll just get to see less digital boobies (which actually feature less in the game than i would have hoped anyway!)!

      Has absolutely no affect on the game apart from that.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:47.
  4. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Seems early for quite a few titles.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:24.
  5. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    It would really suck if you had just recently bought an online pass for MMA and i understand the servers can’t be maintained forever but i do think there needs to be a more timely announcement, say three months in advance and a simultaneous withdrawal of said online pass from the store at the time of anouncement.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:24.
    • bajere
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      this is the problem will ALL online activation, dlc, server side checks. at some point the publisher will stop the service. Another reason why i hope physical items never go!

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 13:56.
  6. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Noooo, not Burnout Revenge :( I hated Paradise so I regularly fire up Revenge for some Burnout chaos

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:28.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Would kill for a PS3 Burnout game like that. Hopefully EA let Criterion off the NfS leash at some point.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:35.
  7. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Anyone know more about The Saboteur online feature??

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:31.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Midnight Club, the code came free with new purchases but was premium for anyone who bought a game where the code had already been used.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:34.
      • minerwilly
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        if ive already activated my digital breasts then can i keep them or do i also lose them :)

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 18:52.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Hm, good question.

        I would assume that as with any other ‘unlock’, it would stay active once activated.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 18:57.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Unless it verifies you’ve activated by going online to check?

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 19:12.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Its so you see digital boobies in the strip club base thing. That’s about it as far as i recall & if you are anything like me, you won’t be spending a lot of time there anyway, as there is so much to get out & blow up! :)

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:50.
    • Youles
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      Thanks chaps. Think I can give the digital chebs a miss ;)

      And would second-hand buyers actually pay for an in-game digital strip club?

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:53.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        I would like to think not, but i think that would just be me being naive!! :S

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 12:02.
  8. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    The biggest problem with this is the way they work out how titles should be dropped. 1% is a small amount but when you take into account how many people buy Fifa, this seriously warps the percentages to unfavour titles.

    Games will AND are (unfairly maybe?) falling into this category and therefore being dropped before they should.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:36.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Yep, the 1% figure isn’t indicative as the volume of players playing FIFA, Battlefield & now ME3 would warp that figure massively.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:48.
      • englishgolfer
        Member
        Since: Sep 2009

        yeah this is true. i was on sports active this morning and it said there was just over 53,000 users in total. oh well, i can still use it but not upload my stats. not too fussed

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 13:08.
  9. Tomhlord
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Apr 2009

    Not sure what to think of this. On the one hand there must not be enough people playing these games online for it to be worth while. On the other, seems way too soon for MMA.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:36.
  10. amiga_dude
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Give 7-30 days before some American starts up a class action. There will not be issue about EA closing servers down but some games have EA Online Pass.

    You know it going to happen, they are American!

    Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:38.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      well good luck to them i say.

      they’re charging them for a service, and then they’re shutting it down.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 11:59.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      It probably should happen if a game utilises an online pass & then the servers are suddenly shut down – I thought that was kind of the whole purpose of the online pass system (or project £10 as its more fondly referred to by EA)?? At least that was how they explained it, but i think we all knew it was a direct attack on the pre-owned market really.

      Lack of notice being one reason people should be annoyed of course though – That is not even a whole months notice! What happens if you just bought the game yesterday (or god forbid the day before they shut the servers down)?

      EA Create, MMA & Spare Parts are actually pretty shocking decisions seeing as none of these titles are particularly old (last year maybe?). I know it’s on a percentage basis, but as was said above, EA have more than enough well played games to completely skew this percentage in an unfavourable manner.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 12:01.
      • Sympozium
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Well they’re not so great and with low sales so I guess it isn’t really shocking.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 12:07.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        i’d be pretty shocked if i’d bought any of those games.

        thankfully as soon as they introduced the passes that was never gonna happen.
        not new anyway.

        i feel my decision has been vindicated once again.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 12:20.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Maybe not so shocking, but you would have a right to be annoyed. & whether they are any good or not is subjective.

        Besides that though, who actually keeps an eye on sales of a title before purchase & allows that to affect their purchase? No-one i know.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 12:22.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        That was actually in response to sympozium.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2012 at 12:23.

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