Electronic Arts recently revealed that it will be shutting down online services for a number of games in the coming months, which mostly include older titles from two generations ago, with the exception of Onrush, which is released over 4 years earlier.
Looking at the list of games that will not be supported by the online service (courtesy of VGC), we can spot Army of Two: The 40th Day and Army of Two: The Devil’s Carter, taken offline on October 20, 2022. A few weeks later on November 9, Electronic Arts will cut off online access to Command & Conquerer: Red Alert 3 and Command Conquerer 3: Tiberium Wars (+ Kane’s Wrath DLC) as well as Mercenaries 2. Keep Keep in mind that EA only shuts down console servers for these three titles.
Going forward, EA will also shut down online services for Onrush on November 30. Onrush was originally developed by Codemasters and published by Deep Silver in 2018, but since Codemasters is now a subsidiary of Electronic Arts, the parent company decided to shut down the servers as player counts dropped to a very low level. Onrush’s offline mode will still be available to players.
Finally, on January 19, 2023, EA will stop supporting the online features of Mirror’s Edge, Shank 2, and Gatling Gears. It should be noted that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will not be affected by these changes, and the company is only cutting online support for the original release.
As mentioned earlier, most titles are two generations earlier, and cutting online services for them is a fairly normal decision as companies try to optimize their workload and focus on more popular titles rather than to use resources on games that are barely played.
Based on what Electronic Arts reveals, they decide to shut down online services for a game when its player count is generally less than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles. This is probably sad for Onrush fans, as the game was a multiplayer experience.
Hopefully all of the above titles will stay in the market and be available in offline mode.
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