EA Access Is Removing A Game Today For The First Time

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After pledging that it wouldn't remove any games from the EA Access library, Electronic Arts is now doing that. As previously reported, FIFA 14 is exiting the library on October 18. FIFA 14 had been in the EA Access "Vault" of free games since the service launched in 2014.

FIFA 14 will be removed from the library sometime on Wednesday, October 18, so if you really want it, you'll need to act quickly. EA said that the removal of FIFA 14 from the Vault is a "unique circumstance specific to the title." Specifically, EA is ending support for the game and shutting down online servers today, October 18, which means players can no longer go online or access the ultra-popular Ultimate Team mode. The game is still playable offline.

FIFA 14 gets the boot
FIFA 14 gets the boot

Although FIFA 14 is going away, newer entries FIFA 15, FIFA 16, and FIFA 17 remain in the catalog, along with a trial for FIFA 18. Back when EA Access was first announced, then-COO Peter Moore vowed that the Vault would not routinely see games removed, as is the case with Games With Gold or Netflix-style services. "I think one of the key things is that once a game goes into the Vault it stays there, it's not going to be taken out; that's a commitment we've made," he said at the time.

In other news, the EA and Origin Access free game libraries today added Mass Effect: Andromeda. Other high-profile titles in the catalog include Battlefield 1, Skate 3 (via backwards compatibility), Star Wars: Battlefront (and all DLC), and Titanfall 2.

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datriax

EA reneging. What a f**kin shocker.

EA Access can remove itself from existence for all I care, and EA itself can go f**k itself in the a** with a red hot cattle prod.

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NoGuyTest

Enjoyed playing it for the final time earlier. Ended up 4th in the world for best ultimate team on xbox slightly down from the 2nd place when i was active on it. Will always have the best fifa soundtrack and the world cup mode won't be forgotten.

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xavier141524

ok cool thanks no problem!

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LiveDreamPlay

Fair enough they shouldn't have said they wouldn't remove any game, but come on, FIFA14... who really cares...

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MistwalkerZ

Luckly it's been years since I bought an EA game. I'm not turning to the Empire.

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Yams1980

this means nothing to me cause i don't buy EA games. But it shows how big of liars these guys are.

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Zorlac

@Yams1980: Oh no, they removed a sports game of which they can add the next year's version and people will be happier! DAMN THEM TO HELL!!

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LTJohnnyRico

Kinda makes sense when they have added later FIFA's to the library ! - No drama !

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cfscorpio

Makes sense.

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DudeBroPartyYo

Its an old spoerts game, like 2014 aye. Maybe some licensing issues. I mean god damn if you really want Fifa 14 just pirate it, they wont care its an old sports game, they are rolling on Fifa 18

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I have no problem with them phasing out old Sports titles. I'm a subscriber, and as long as they don't remove old games that aren't just old iterations of sports titles, then I'm fine with it.

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Barighm

Shocking.

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EdwardNygma

EA broke their word? No way.

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Zorlac

@edwardnygma: Think I'll repeat this every time I see someone like you.

Oh no, they removed a sports game of which they can add the next year's version and people will be happier! DAMN THEM TO HELL!!

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EdwardNygma

@Zorlac: I wouldn't repeat that comment. It really isn't a good one. Maybe try again?

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Zorlac

@edwardnygma: Except the fact that I speak is 100% fact. You're crying over something really stupid.

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EdwardNygma

@Zorlac: What you stated is nowhere close to fact. I take it back, please don't try again.

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Zorlac

@Zero_Maniac: Oh no, they removed a sports game of which they can add the next year's version and people will be happier! DAMN THEM TO HELL!!

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Spartan_418

@Zero_Maniac: My guess is it was something like a weird music licensing issue, not something they were planning for.

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Ripper_TV

Maybe FIFA 14 is not valuable at all when you have other iterations, but still - very bad precedent. Next year they'll remove FIFA15 and other "seasonal" games like that under the same pretense.

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LeoKRock

@Ripper_TV: FIFA 14 is a special tittle. It's the World Cup FIFA, since the official game only came for 360 and PS3. Also is the last one with a proper Brazilian league. 15 and 16 are disposable, 17 however has long term value because of the "Journey" mode.

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@Ripper_TV: I thought they no longer had it since it's no longer available digitally on PS4 either. Well, I looked for it, and it sure didn't show up. I am surprised they still had servers open for it.

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sakaiXx

@Ripper_TV: people still play fifa 14, 15, 16?

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Yams1980

@sakaixx: i still play NHL 94 on my snes. So ya, im sure people have their favourite sports games and play them.

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sakaiXx

@Yams1980: even though its exactly the same game the next year just with updated teams roster?

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Daveof89

Aaaaaaaand nobody cares. Far as I'm concerned, they could take 15 and 16 too. Nobody plays them.

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R4gn4r0k

Not a big deal when you can play Fifa 15, Fifa 16, Fifa 17, Fifa 22 or Fifa 68 on there

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BassMan

Fuckin liars. Unique circumstance my ass.

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Zorlac

@BassMan: Oh no, they removed a sports game of which they can add the next year's version and people will be happier! DAMN THEM TO HELL!!

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SkytheWiz1

Breaking News: Developer Doesn't Deliver on Promises!

And no one was surprised.

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Zorlac

@SkytheWiz1: Oh no, they removed a sports game of which they can add the next year's version and people will be happier! DAMN THEM TO HELL!!

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Shay-Cormac

@SkytheWiz1: Bruh who still plays Fifa 14 when 17 is out?

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LeoKRock

@shay-cormac: FIFA 14 is a special tittle. It's the World Cup FIFA, since the official game only came for 360 and PS3. Also is the last one with a proper Brazilian league. 15 and 16 are disposable, 17 however has long term value because of the "Journey" mode.

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johno357

@shay-cormac: i still play 13. Its the best of the lot

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Shay-Cormac

@johno357: Why?

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johno357

@shay-cormac: its way faster. Shooting is better. Has 22 players multiplayer even if it is never full. Best of the lot.

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Attitude2000

@johno357: I love the soundtrack