EA shuts down servers for older games

Some old but great games will see their servers taken offline.

Most gamers these days think that the success of a game is measured only by how many players purchase the game upon release. Some games have modest sales numbers but develop communities that remain active long after their initial release. Game developers maintain servers for some games for well over a decade.

Mirrors Edge
EA is shutting down the servers for older games such as Mirror's Edge.

EA has, however, recently announced that it will be shutting down the servers for some fan-favorite games that have persisted for a long time thanks to their dedicated communities. Most of these games are over a decade old and only have a small community of gamers still using the servers.

The shutdown will be gradual and have some impact on its player base. First, multiplayer servers will be shut down which means that these games can only be played in single-player or in ad-hoc LAN servers, if the game supports them.

Second, any achievements that require online multiplayer will no longer be accessible. Players can still get achievements for single-player objectives.

Red Alert Cover
C&C: Red Alert 3 has a dedicated community that will take over hosting multiplayer games.

Here is a list of games that will have their servers taken offline permanently.

October 20, 2022

  • Army of Two: The 40th Day
  • Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
  • Dragon Age: Origins (Multiplayer Screenshots Server)

November 9, 2022

  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
  • Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

November 30, 2022

  • Onrush

January 19, 2023

It is sad to see games like Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Mirror’s Edge, and Dragon Age: Origins no longer being supported. But these games had quite a good run. All three of these games were launched in 2009.

Mirror’s Edge, an action-adventure platformer is now thirteen years old. The parkour-style traversal game sold over 2.5 million copies on all platforms. Its sequel Mirror's Edge Catalyst wasn’t as well received as the original game.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is one of the more memorable of the C&C games. The server shutdown will have a big impact on the real-time strategy game as cooperative and multiplayer modes are its strong suits. However, the community around Red Alert 3 has already prepared for the servers going offline by creating their own service to host multiplayer games.

Dragon Age Originas
Dragon Age: Origins is the first entry into the RPG franchise.

Dragon Age: Origins is the first game of the popular RPG franchise. Its multiplayer screenshot server will be the only component affected by the shutdown as the game is mostly played offline. Fans of the franchise should be too worried as Bioware is reportedly working on a new Dragon Age game.

The sunset for the servers of these games is a necessary part of the life cycle. EA issued a statement regarding the retirement of the game servers:

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.

Things are looking up for EA as the company is set to release some major titles in Need for Speed Unbound and Dead Space in the next few months. Some of the other games to watch out for are Wild Hearts and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which will be out in 2023.

Darryl Lara

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