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article imageEA announces it’s taking multiple games offline

By Simon Crompton     May 12, 2014 in Entertainment
Following the shutdown of GameSpy Technology online servers, EA will be taking down dozens of its older video games by the end of June.
Many of the games slated for disappearance will not be missed, but some of the more popular ones will, and include Battlefield, Crysis and Crysis 2. Others slated for the chopping block are Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2, with a sum total of 50 EA games disappearing in the month of June.
Gamers who cannot live without them may not have to. EA officials have added that they are working on a solution to ensure that some of these games will be made available once again, which does not include the ability to play Sudoku online.
On the EA blog, the company has posted, “Since GameSpy’s announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running. Unfortunately, due to technical challenges and concerns about the player experience, we do not have a solution at this time. Online services for EA games on the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June.
“We know some of these games are still fan favorites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games. We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer. Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we don’t have anything to announce.”
EA also attributed reasons for shutdown to the focus it needs to maintain on games that require more attention. As newer games are offered, patronage for older games declines.
EA added, “As games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level – typically fewer than 1 per cent of all peak online players across all EA titles – where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.”
Games that can be played in single-player mode will still function as before, even after servers go down. It’s the multi-player mode that will discontinue to function.
Other games hosted by GameSpy will be shutdown as well, including those written by Ubisoft, Gearbox, Nintendo, Konami, Capcom, Firaxis, and more.
GameSpy was acquired by Glu from IGN in 2012. Glu CEO Niccolo de Masi stated, at that time, "We expect that the acquisition of GameSpy will be earnings neutral in the near term. However, GameSpy team and technology is expected to help us drive higher monetization and lifetime value in Glu's titles from 2013 on."
GameSpy will be shutting down their services on May 31.
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