Video Game colossus EA (Electronic Arts) has announced that it is planning to shut down many of it’s free-to-play games by mid-July.
The games that are being taken offline consists of Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World. Players of Star Wars: The Old Republic shouldn’t worry, not only will that game stay online, EA plan to support it with new story driven game updates later on in the year.
EA’s Patrick Soderlund commented on The Old Republic saying:
“For instance, Star Wars: The Old Republic is a game that continues to have a very enthusiastic and growing player community,” he wrote. “We have plans to introduce more new story-driven game updates to our Star Wars: The Old Republic players this year.”
In regards to the games that are being taken offline, Soderland said:
“In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically. These were pioneering experiences, and we’re humbled that, over the years, so many of you joined us to enjoy the games and the community. While we say farewell to these free-to-play titles in the next few months, we are always exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more players around the world.”
It’s always a shame when online games get taken down, but the fact is that usually games are taken down because not enough people are playing them. Still, there will be some who are no doubt sad to see these titles go.