EA taking a huge amount of multiplayer games offline next month

Battlefield 2, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Crysis 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, and many more will lose online functionality June 30.

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Electronic Arts’ Online Services Updates page has added a long list of games that will lose online functionality come June 30.

Some of the notable games on the list include Battlefield 2 (PC), Battlefield 1942 (PC, Mac), Battlefield 2142 (PC, Mac), Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (PC, Mac), Crysis 2 (PC), Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (PC), Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC, Mac), and Star Wars: Battlefront II (PC and PlayStation 2).

According to EA, the games are losing online functionality on June 30, a full month after the GameSpy shutdown. Crytek, for example, already confirmed that both Crysis and Crysis 2 will go offline May 31.

“Since GameSpy’s announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running,” EA said on its website. “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.”

EA’s official Origin Twitter account also previously said that it was working on transitioning Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 to a different solution, but that there were still hurdles ahead. Bad Company 2 is not on the list of games losing online services.

Other companies affected by the May 31 GameSpy shutdown, like 2K and Rockstar, have said which games they’re transitioning to a different solution and which will go offline. Some games, like Halo: Combat Evolved for the PC, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Battlefield 1942 will live on thanks to GameRanger, which allows gamers to host their own servers for a wide range of computer games, including some being affected by the GameSpy shutdown.

Here’s the full list of EA games losing Online Services on June 30:

  • 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 2: Modern Combat for PlayStation 2

  • Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion)

  • Battlefield Vietnam for PC

  • Bejeweled (r) 2 for the Wii

  • Bulletstorm for PlayStation 3

  • 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 2 for PC

  • Crysis for PC

  • Crysis Wars for PC

  • Dracula - Undead Awakening for the Wii

  • Dragon Sakura for Nintendo DS

  • EA Sports 06 for PC

  • F1 2002 for PC

  • FIFA Soccer 08 (KOR) for the Wii

  • FIFA Soccer 08 for Nintendo DS

  • FIFA Soccer 09 for Nintendo DS

  • FIFA Soccer 10 for Nintendo DS

  • FIFA Street 3 for Nintendo DS

  • Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers for PlayStation 2

  • Global Operations for PC

  • GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND for the Wii

  • James Bond: Nightfire for PC

  • Madden NFL 08 for Nintendo DS

  • Madden NFL 09 for Nintendo DS

  • Master of Orion III for PC

  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault for PC and Mac (including Breakthrough and Spearhead expansions)

  • MySims Party for Wii

  • MySims Racing for Nintendo DS

  • MySims SkyHeroes for the Wii and DS

  • NASCAR Sim Racing for PC

  • NASCAR Thunder 2003 for PC

  • NASCAR Thunder 2004 for PC

  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC

  • Need for Speed: ProStreet for Nintendo DS

  • Need for Speed: Undercover for Nintendo DS

  • Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC and Mac

  • Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux (including Hordes of the Underdark and Shadows of Undrentide expansions)

  • SimCity Creator for Wii

  • Skate It for Nintendo DS

  • Sneezies for the Wii

  • Spore Creatures for Nintendo DS

  • Spore Hero Arena for Nintendo DS

  • Star Wars: Battlefront for PC and PlayStation 2

  • Star Wars: Battlefront II for PC and PlayStation 2

  • THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND for the Wii

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Nintendo DS

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This is the same company that wants to make EVERY game online-only, whether or not the game actually needs online at all.

"Gamers will learn to love always-online gaming"

- John Riccitiell (former CEO of EA)


So please good people, stop supporting a company that won the "worst company in America" award twice and stop literally buying into a system that results in b.s like this. There's really a whole host of reasons, for MP/SP gamers alike NOT to support only only (in short it boils down to them having complete control over your purchase, also see below post) and even for non-gamers looking at the bigger picture. But if you really gotta play one of EA's games, I invite you to buy it second-hand (or what the hell, pirate it), so no money goes to EA at all. The problem certainly wont go away if we keep funding it,

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48 Reasons not to support online only games.


"Here’s the list of EA games losing Online Services on June 30:

  • Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac (including Secret Weapons of WW2 expansions)

  • Battlefield 2 for PC (including Special Forces expansion)

  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for PlayStation 2

  • Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion)

  • Battlefield Vietnam for PC

  • Bejeweled (r) 2 for the Wii

  • Bulletstorm for PlayStation 3

  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for PC and Mac

  • Command & Conquer: Generals for PC and Mac (including Zero Hour expansion)

  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for PC and Mac

  • Crysis 2 for PC

  • Crysis for PC

  • Crysis Wars for PC

  • Dracula - Undead Awakening for the Wii

  • Dragon Sakura for Nintendo DS

  • EA Sports 06 for PC

  • F1 2002 for PC

  • FIFA Soccer 08 (KOR) for the Wii

  • FIFA Soccer 08 for Nintendo DS

  • FIFA Soccer 09 for Nintendo DS

  • FIFA Soccer 10 for Nintendo DS

  • FIFA Street 3 for Nintendo DS

  • Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers for PlayStation 2

  • Global Operations for PC

  • James Bond: Nightfire for PC

  • Madden NFL 08 for Nintendo DS

  • Madden NFL 09 for Nintendo DS

  • Master of Orion III for PC

  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault for PC and Mac (including Breakthrough and Spearhead expansions)

  • MySims Party for Wii

  • MySims Racing for Nintendo DS

  • MySims SkyHeroes for the Wii and DS

  • NASCAR Sim Racing for PC

  • NASCAR Thunder 2003 for PC

  • NASCAR Thunder 2004 for PC

  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC

  • Need for Speed: ProStreet for Nintendo DS

  • Need for Speed: Undercover for Nintendo DS

  • Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC and Mac

  • Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux

  • SimCity Creator for Wii

  • Skate It for Nintendo DS

  • Sneezies for the Wii

  • Spore Creatures for Nintendo DS

  • Spore Hero Arena for Nintendo DS

  • Star Wars: Battlefront for PC and PlayStation 2

  • Star Wars: Battlefront II for PC and PlayStation 2

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Nintendo DS"

Don't let them turn gaming from a product into a service that they can turn off at their discretion.

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nooooo not the COMMAND & CONQUERS !!!!! T~T


wow ppl still play SW Battlefront on PS2? or at least had the option?...

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Electronic Arts... People still support this terrible company??

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With internet speeds how they are today, even the most mediocre-est of PCs could host a private server for these games if EA would allow them.


Problem with this is is that EA is a greedy company, they don't do anything without a monetary motive in sight. So if they do eventually try and offer support for hosting your own server you can bet you'll probably have to buy the files as DLC or something.

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@Ayato_Kamina_1 Well, wasn't Ziff Davis doing the same thing by shutting down Gamespy?

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ReSPY (for Battlefield) : << LINK REMOVED >>

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Maybe EA should stop releasing games with MP so they wont have to close them all the time. Its like every year they close whole load of games. Dont care for most of them, but still some of those games are not even so old.

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BF2? really? holy crap! Dont do it EA. We know you listen to the gamers out there. ;)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Keep on dreaming they'll really do it...

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At least plants vs zombies is a free game lol.

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Phew thank god for gameranger, so games like Battlefront 2 can still be played.

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So will I not be able to play command & conquer online after this?

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For gods sake EA if you are going to do something like this then at least give us the server files for all the games. Don't just leave us in the dark.

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Question: With Neverwinter Nights 2, I had to be connected online to even play LAN, so does this mean I can't even play local coop?

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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?!? BF2 with mods is still HUGE online...


I mean... Project reality has probably the best online experience I've ever experienced. It's the only game in which people actually know what teamplay and maturity mean...

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They are living up to their reputation as one worst companies

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it's good to know that never invest an EA game. they can pull the plug anytime they want.

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So they put the BF:2 box set on sale just before this happens. I haven't really been following the train of hate that is following EA every step but this kinda makes me want to join it. They had to have known, right?

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<< LINK REMOVED >>

BF2 going black is last years news, so yeah, they knew. They put it up for sale, huh? Bastards.

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I thought people still play BF2 like crazy with the mods?


Oh yeah, there should be plenty of player driven servers as well I guess

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Battlefront II is the biggest deal

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You missed Battlefield 4, well I think it should be taken offline until they fix the game or remake it completely..

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Works fine for me

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Agreed, after just over a year it can finally be considered "out of beta"

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<< LINK REMOVED >>

I went back to Bad Company 2, join me!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Same I just got it for free on Xbox Live GWG..

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Another reason to fervently hate EA.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No, it's a reason to hate every single MP game with matching servers under control of the publisher.

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Some people here are really unreasonable ATM I think. Read the article properly. For once this is not the fault of EA; they are even looking into ways to recover the multiplayer feature of some of the games - which might mean reprogramming and patching old games, quite a huge task if they go through with it. So for those hating on EA, chill out and try to be a bit more constructive...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yea? If you play Mass Effect 3 MP, start wondering when EA will pull the plug on MP matching and support for the whole franchise so far.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I find it hard to believe they are really trying hard at all. It's EA after all. They don't want to make people angry so the natural thing to say is "oh were trying to fix it but its not going well."

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Well bugger me! There's a game on there I actually care about.

Gotta admit though, I'm consistently surprised by these lists and the games that are actually still supported.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> And here I thought I NEVER had a proper chance to experience Crysis 1 and 2 MP, simply because it was too laggy and troublesome to login from where I live...

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so..if I paid for a game which is 100% playable online only, I lost the money and the DVD I have is useless ? Is that it ? I will sue your ass Electronic Arts , you motherfuckers!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Good luck with that, considering it's not EA's fault that GameSpy shutdown.

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Sneezies?


HOW DARE THEY?!?!?!?!

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Why they dont just give the server side program on their site with minimal instruction. Fans will then be able to still use theses great game.


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Dracula - Undead Awakening for the Wii ... who knew Wii had Online Support to begin with?

And Neverwinter Nights was still up? Damn, I havent played that game in eons.

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Honestly, not surprised.


This is EXACTLY why games these days SHOULD NOT focus mainly on their online modes. People buy Battlefield, Call Of Duty and others mainly or only for their online multiplayer. If the other modes are crappy then what does that leave there? Imagine EA cutting Titanfall's online.....There would be no game left at all.


Ah but what do they care? They already have our money.

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does this fix battlefield 4 server "NET CODE" thing ...

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo BF2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one the of the most addictive shooters I ever played

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