We don't like to be bearer of bad news, but someone has to do it. Electronic Arts have announced further server closures, this time for FIFA 10
and 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
, effective December 6th, 2011. This includes the FIFA 10 Ultimate Team
DLC as well.
The statement at the top of EA's Service Updates page explains the reasoning for server closures:
The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy. The 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. But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level — 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 these games up and running. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.
If you have further questions about your account or the shut down of these services, please visit http://support.ea.com
Unfortunately, both games contain online achievements. A lot of them, in fact. Rather than list them all, we'll direct you to each of the game's pages where you can use the flags for each of the achievements to decipher which ones require an online connection:FIFA 10Ultimate Team for FIFA 102010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
This kind of news is never fun, especially when achievements are involved.
Once again, servers will close for these titles December 6th, 2011.