Unconfirmed at the moment, but we’ve had a news tip in suggesting that EA are about to retire a number of their online servers for a series of PS2, PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and PSP games. Unlike most other publishers, EA have their own setup for most games (a particular sticking point on the Xbox 360, I seem to remember) and thus have the right to terminate any online modes with just 30 days notice for any of their games.
The games alleged to be for the chopping block are UEFA Champions League 07 x360, Facebreaker x360 and PS3, Fantasy Football 09 x360 and PS3, FIFA 07 PSP, PS2, PC, Fight Night Round 3 PS2, Madden 08 Wii, Madden 08 PC Madden 09 Xbox1, Madden 09 Wii and PSP, March Madness 07 x360, NBA 07 PSP, x360, NBA 08 PS2, PSP, Wii, NBA 09 Wii, and NBA Street (2007).
Mostly old games that are at least a year old, and in most cases have a newer version out anyway, so it’s fairly obvious why they’re pulling the plug on games that have been superceded – people won’t really be playing them anymore and EA might, just might, want you to buy the latest version. We’re led to believe that the servers for the above games will be shut down on February 2nd, in just under a month’s time. http://support.ea.com for more.