The main issue with games being built around online features and multiplayer is that, at any point, the publisher of those games can just decide to pull the plug on the online support. Who said online game activation was a smart thing?
“This is why online requirments for games, such as online activation, the need to log-in in order to even play certain games [Ubisoft has forced this for some of it’s one-player only games, like Assassin’s Creed] is rediculous. If I buy a game in a store, why do I need the ‘net to play it? I can understand multiplayer games needing it, but sometimes companies pull the plug too soon!” Says Tanner Bussi of Chicago.
One company rather notorious for doing this is EA – following Sony’s lead whom just shut down the long running Star Wars Galaxies much to the dismay of many Chicago and other North American fans – have just announced a new round of titles that’ll be going offline for good in the near future.
Here’s the full list:
Shutdown on August 11
ARMY OF TWO (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
ARMY OF TWO Demo (Xbox 360)
Battlefield 2142 Demo (PC)
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox 360
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Demo (Xbox 360)
Medal of Honor Airborne (PSP)
Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (PSP, Wii)
NASCAR 09 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
NCAA Basketball 10 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
NCAA Football 10 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Need for Speed Most Wanted (PC, Xbox 360)
Need for Speed Undercover (PSP)
SKATE (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 (PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii)
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11 Demo (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Shutdown on October 1
Madden NFL 10 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
NHL 10 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
More are likely to follow, as per EA tradition. While most of these titles wont affect you Chicago PC-only gamers, there will be many of you who enjoy both formats and will be affected by this.