EA Closing Battlefield Heroes, Need for Speed World, FIFA World, and More

Publisher ending all support for a handful of free-to-play PC games, but Star Wars: The Republic will live on .

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[UPDATE] EA has now published a post on its Support site that explains all four games will go offline on July 14. No refunds will be available for any unused currency. Read the full post to get all the details.

The original story is below.

Electronic Arts announced today that it is shutting down a handful of its PC free-to-play games, including Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, FIFA World, and Need for Speed World.

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EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Soderlund wrote in a blog post today that, while free-to-play PC game Star Wars: The Old Republic is still going strong, the same can't be said for others.

"Some of our other PC free-to-play games are not as popular as they once were," said. "So we find ourselves announcing the tough decision today that we are stopping development and winding down support for four PC free-to-play titles."

The affected games, which will officially go offline in about 90 days, are:

  • Battlefield Heroes
  • Battlefield Play4Free
  • FIFA World
  • and Need for Speed World

A blog post on the Battlefield Heroes website reveals that the game will official close on July 14. Players who have a balance of in-game currency on their account are encouraged to spend it. Those who don't do so before the official shutdown will be out of luck, as no refunds will be available.

Effectively immediately, sign-ups for Battlefield Heroes have ended and existing players can no longer purchase in-game currency.

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Logistics details for the closure of Battlefield Play4Free, FIFA World, and Need for Speed World are not available.

Soderlund went on to say that in the time since these games were released--in some cases that was more than five years ago--the way people play games "has changed dramatically." He said these titles were once "pioneering experiences" and thanked fans for their support of them.

"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," Soderlund said.

After the shutdown of these four games, EA will still have two major free-to-play games for PC: Star Wars: The Old Republic and Commander & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances. Beyond PC, EA has a large catalog of free-to-play games for mobile devices, including The Simpsons: Tapped Out and The Sims: FreePlay, among others.

On the subject of Star Wars: The Old Republic, Soderlund said the game "continues to have a very enthusiastic and growing player community." He added that EA will add more "story-driven" content to the game later this year.

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All ea games should be free to play since they are full of bugs and hardly work most of the time.

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@happycamper1979: Yeah, because that makes so much sense from a business point of view.

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wow we put a lot of money on need for speed world buy some car spec and every thing we gonna lost all that money thx EA Game That Waz A Pleasure to play ur fking game

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It's not popularity, EA. We know the real reason, as its the same for why you shut down Dawngate.


Not making millions and billions for our pockets = Not worth the time to manage.

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@_plaguelight_: That's kind of the same thing. If they were popular, they'd be making billions for their pockets.

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Seriously, will any of these games be missed?

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@PETERAKO: Probably not, despite the negativity in this comment section.

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BF Heroes was decently fun when first released but I didn't really get into it.

I jumped on again like half a year ago just to check it out and holy sh!t that game turned completely into pay2win. I could unload half a clip into someone and barely do any damage, then they turn and 1-shot me. No thanks. Glad I never spent a dime.

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Oh yeah. BF Heroes who turned into a joke and NFS World who was laggy as all hell online.


You won't be missed..

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i for one can vouch SWTOR is still going strong. still lots of players on it.

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EA sucks for this very reason. They don't allow community support/servers to keep the older games up and running. This allows them to achieve their goal of having 100% control over their products at all times in a futile effort to curb piracy. This screws us over in the long run since they can just shut down the multiplayer component of any game we buy from them.

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I did not know those games existed! LOL. I don't care, it's EA

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Wow, goodbye. You won't be missed lol

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Great. Now all we need is for them to close down ea and we'll have one less pustule in the world of games.

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how is tiberian alliance still a thing? it just makes me die a little inside to see what has become of CnC......

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NFS and BF wasn't so bad, not pay2win games. BF Play4Free was so much like BF2

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@Saidrex: i'd rather play actual BF2 that game was amazing

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"He added that EA will add more "story-driven" content to the game later this year."

Yay!

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Free to play sux

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It don't sucks if don't buy dlc for it long ago get full games today we don't snd still people buying dlc stuff

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After waste doc for online game this what happens you lose money just like home,

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I'm happy but surprised that SWTOR has lasted this long, because it as as blatant a WoW clone as conceivably possible. I had never been more excited and hyped for a game than SWTOR, and it was amazing for a year, maybe a bit longer, but the weariness of the Wow formula began to settle in. Real shame, could have been something incredible if some innovation had even been attempted.


Oh, I kinda miss Bf Heroes XD. It was pretty fun.



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@pwgameverse12: Never could get into WoW. Always burnt out by level 30ish. SWTOR I've been playing pretty regular since launch.

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@Mogan@pwgameverse12: I stopped playing when Free 2 Play turned out to be Pay 2 Not Die.

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Sony take note, cancel old games online support that's been on for a long time not games that's been out less than a year.

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"but Star Wars: The Republic will live on ."

The Old Republic...

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@dominoodle: Meh, big deal.

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