EA shutting down online services for 12 games

Electronic Arts dropping online support for a dozen games beginning tomorrow, including The Sims 2, FIFA 11, and NBA Jam.

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Beginning tomorrow, Electronic Arts will shut down online services for a dozen more games, including FIFA 11 and NBA Jam. In a statement to the company's Services Updates page, EA explained that the decision to retire aging titles is "never easy," but said doing so allows IT staff to focus on keeping online experiences for newer titles at a level that gamers expect.

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In addition to FIFA 11 and NBA Jam, EA will turn off online services for The Sims 2, NCAA Football 11, and NHL 11 during January.

The full shutdown schedule is posted below.

January 3: FIFA Manager 11 (PC)

January 11: FIFA Soccer 11 (PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360), FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team (PS3, Xbox 360), Madden NFL 11 (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360), Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team (Xbox 360, PS3), NBA Jam, but not the On Fire edition (Xbox 360, PS3), NBA Live 10 (PS3, Xbox 360), NCAA Football 11 (Xbox 360, PS3), NHL 11 (PS3, Xbox 360), NHL Ultimate Team (PS3, Xbox 360)

January 14: The Sims 2 (PC, Mac, TheSims2.com)

January 19: Trenches II (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)

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