EA shutting down online services for 50+ titles next month

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Many EA games will lose online functionality come June 30, according to Electronic Arts’ Online Services Updates.

The list includes titles such as Crysis 2 (PC), Battlefield 2142 (PC, Mac), Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (PC, Mac), Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC, Mac), Battlefield 2 (PC), Battlefield 1942 (PC, Mac), and Star Wars: Battlefront II (PC and PlayStation 2). 

Since GameSpy is shutting down on May 31st, Electronic Arts is taking the opportunity to take a series of games offline. Crytek, will be the first to confirm that both Crysis and Crysis 2 will go offline May 31.

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“Since GameSpy’s announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running,” EA said on a new blog post. “Unfortunately, due to technical challenges and concerns about the player experience, we do not have a solution at this time. Online services for EA games on the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June.

“We know some of these games are still fan favorites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games. We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer. Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we don’t have anything to announce.”

Electronic Arts’ official Twitter account announced previously that it was working to find Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 to find a new home. The online media service GameRanger is already supporting games like Battlefront 2.

EA is not the only company affected by Gamespy’s shutdown. Rockstar and 2K have already reported which games will transition to a new online service and which will go offline. 

You can find the full list of games to be retired here. We've compiled a small list of the more relevant PC titles below:

Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac (including The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WW2 expansions)
Battlefield 2 for PC (including Special Forces expansion)
Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion)
Battlefield Vietnam for PC
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for PC and Mac (including Kane's Wrath expansion)
Command & Conquer: Generals for PC and Mac (including Zero Hour expansion)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for PC and Mac
Crysis for PC
Crysis 2 for PC
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC
Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux (including Hordes of the Underdark and Shadows of Undrentide expansions)
Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC and Mac
Star Wars: Battlefront for PC and PlayStation 2
Star Wars: Battlefront II for PC and PlayStation 2


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