EA Free-To-Play Games Going Offline: Battlefield Heroes, FIFA World, And 2 Others Will Lose Support In 90 Days
EA has announced the impending shutdown of several of its free-to-play titles.
In a post today on the official blog, EA Studios EVP Patrick Soderlund explained that a handful of free PC games would be going offline in the near future as a result of diminishing fan interest. Four games will be coming to an end: Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World.
The games will all be kept online for 90 more days, giving players a last window to enjoy the experience if they're still engaged. Following that, they will all lose online support and become unplayable. It's always sad seeing online games come to a close, but inevitable over time given the costs of keeping them running. EA points out that many of these were earlier ventures into the free-to-play space, and they helped pave the way for future tiles.
"In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically," the post reads. "These were pioneering experiences, and we're humbled that, over the years, so many of you joined us to enjoy the games and the community. While we say farewell to these free-to-play titles in the next few months, we are always exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more players around the world."
More games are on the way to be sure, though nobody can say what they'll be at this time. If you've been enjoying those games since launch, take a last farewell tour before they're gone!