EA Ends Overtime on 21 Titles

It’s always a sad day when the servers are shut down for a multiplayer game. When a publisher decides to finally pull the plug on a game, it can be a little disheartening to know you can never play that game online again. Of course, maintaining servers can be expensive so a publisher will always shut them down after the majority of players have moved on.

EA has posted on their website that they will shut down the servers for 21 PlayStation titles. On their website they state:

Despite some people’s perception, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these older games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. These decisions to retire games is never easy. The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.

They also go on to say that the servers being shut-down represent about 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles. Below is a list of games set to be shut-down on February 8th of 2011; a date which will live on in infamy.

  • FIFA 08 for PSP, PS2, and Ps3
  • FIFA 09 for PSP and PS3
  • FIFA 09 Ultimate Team for PS3
  • FIFA Street 3 for PS3
  • EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 for PS3
  • Madden 09 for PSP(all regions), PS2, and PS3
  • Madden 10 for PSP(all regions) and PS2
  • NBA LIVE 08 for PS3
  • NBA LIVE 09 for PS3
  • NCAA Basketball 08 for PS3
  • NCAA Basketball 09 for PS3
  • NCAA Football 08 for PS3
  • NCAA Football 09 for PS3
  • NCAA Football 10 for PS2
  • NFL Head Coach 09 for PS3
  • NHL 08 for PS3
  • NHL 09 for PS3
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09 for PS3
  • UEFA EURO 2008 for PS3
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup for PSP
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup Demo for PS3