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Update: The primarily single player Mirror’s Edge will no longer be delisted from the PS Store, after prior communication from EA had announced it would. The publisher says this was just an error, and it’ll remain in situ as long as the storefront remains open. The trio of Battlefield titles, however, will still be gone come the end of next month.

Original Article: It’s shaping up to be a dismal year for digital storefronts. Nintendo will close down both the Wii U and 3DS eShops imminently, and we’re slowly beginning to see publishers pull legacy content from venues like the PS Store. Take, for example, EA’s slate of Battlefield 1943, Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Mirror’s Edge – all four of which will become permanently unavailable from 28th April, 2023.

“This is in preparation for the retirement of the online services for these titles which will happen on 8th December, 2023,” a spokesperson for the publisher said. “For Bad Company, Bad Company 2, and Mirror’s Edge, you can still continue playing them and use their respective offline features, such as the single player campaign.”

It doesn’t make sense to us to delist these games if they still have playable single player components, but the publisher said that it’s “now looking forward to creating new memories alongside you as we shift our focus towards our current and future Battlefield experiences”. Can we not have both?

Obviously, given Sony’s inability to transition PS3 purchases to its more modern hardware, this is less of an issue on PlayStation than it is on, say, Xbox and Steam. But it’s a reminder that this digital future we’re all beginning to embrace has a shelf life, and software is ephemeral when you’re relying on publishers and platform holders to continue to make it available. We’d like to think EA will at least discount these titles before they’re gone – but it’s not like Nintendo’s bothered ahead of the closure of its own storefronts, so who knows?

[source ea.com]