It turns out that the money raised from online passes is not being put towards server maintenance after all. EA has basically squashed that theory by announcing that it is closing down the online portion of EA Sports MMA – a title which less than 18 months ago required an online pass for multiplayer gameplay.
EA reckons that the closures will affect less than 1% of its player base, but even if that statistic is true, it sets a pretty worrying precedent for the future of online games.
Below is a list of all the titles headed for the chop. Will you be affected?
April 13, 2012 — Online Services Shutdown
BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii
Burnout™ Revenge for Xbox 360
EA Create for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii
FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
The Godfather™ II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360