Electronic Arts will shut down the online services for a number of games including Mirror’s Edge, ONRUSH, older Command & Conquer titles and more over the coming months. Players will be locked out of any online support or features for these titles. Thankfully, EA has provided a timeframe on when we can expect each game to close down its online services forever.
Firstly, online support for Army of Two: The 40th Day and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel will stop on 20 October. This will be followed by Mercenaries 2 (PS3 and Xbox 360), Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (PS3 and Xbox 360), and Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, including the Kane’s Wrath expansion (Xbox 360) on 9 November.
EA reiterated that Codemasters’ arcade racer ONRUSH will close its servers down on 30 November. Finally, support for Mirror’s Edge, NBA Jam On Fire Edition, Gatling Gears and Shank 2 will cease on 19 January 2023.
EA provided a statement for the decision to close down the online support of so many older games, stating:
“The decisions to withdraw particular features or modes of certain EA games, or to retire online services relating to older EA games are never easy. The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into our games, their features and modes almost as much as the players, and it is hard to see one retired. As games are replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the games that have been live for some time dwindles to a level – typically fewer than 1% 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 the online services for these games up and running.”
EA added that it will still be commited to updating these titles for as long as possible before their closure. “We are also committed to constantly updating and improving the features and modes to keep in our games to ensure they remain exciting to play for as long as possible,” said the publisher. “That commitment to great gameplay sometimes means that we need to remove outdated features and modes.”
Source: Electronic Arts