Yeah, yeah I know, "Darn! I don't like EA! They are silly billys!" Blah blah blah. It's never good news when companies announce to shut down servers on older titles, but at least read their explanation as to why it's happening:
As background information, the games scheduled for shutdown in March and April 2010 represent less than 0.3% of all peak online players across all EA titles. Despite some people's perception, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these older games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99.7% of customers playing our more popular games. These decisions to retire games is never easy. The EA development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.
This following games will have their servers shut down on March 16th:
• Def Jam: Icon
• The Godfather
• The Lord of the Rings: Conquest
• The Simpsons Game
Additionally, the previously announce shutdown of all Xbox v1 Live functionality (REMINDER: Xbox v1 Servers Closing on April 15th
) will affect the following EA games on April 15th:
• Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
• Burnout 3: Takedown
• Madden NFL 09
So it's not good news, but can you at least see why EA are doing it and find any sort of solace in their justification? Honestly, when was the last time you or anyone you know played Def Jam: Icon
Thanks for the numerous news suggestions for this guys, I guess you all prefer this negative stuff that we can all have a good moan about?