EA Sports Server Shutdowns Hit FIFA 11, NBA Jam and More
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Online support for a number of 2010 EA Sports titles is set to end next month.

The servers for FIFA 11, NBA Jam, Madden NFL 11, NCAA Football 11 and NHL 11 are to be shut down on January 11th, 2013.

Following the shutdowns, online play will not be supported and any related achievements will be unobtainable.

"The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy," said EA. "The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired.

"But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level - fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles - where it's no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.

"We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage."

This is consistent with EA’s policy and something we’ve looked into before. It’s not nice but at least it’s transparent.

[via Videogamer]


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Comment #1 by crespo1873
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:15:12 AM
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Let the EA bashing commence...

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Comment #2 by Dirtnose
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:18:25 AM
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I know EA shutting down servers is old news, but why the hell do they keep putting in the online achievements if they're just going to shut down the servers 2 years later? What a fucking joke.

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Comment #3 by mad4ra
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:21:18 AM
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I dont unterstand why people get so upset by this. Who the hell plays Fifa 11 ONLINE? EA maybe rich and shit but why provide servers for games that nobody plays...

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Comment #4 by Earth Djinn
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:22:19 AM
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I wonder if they'll soon announce the next series of non-sporting games to have servers taken offline.

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Comment #5 by Aussie27Legend
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:24:40 AM
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NBA Jam? Really? That's not even that old :/

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Comment #6 by Space Cadet
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:27:28 AM
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I know right. I mean the game's (the xbla version that is) a little over a year old for fuck's sake!

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Comment #7 by Clarky08
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:31:29 AM
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@2 I have no problem with them shutting down servers where a game contains no online achievements. Now and again I like to pick up an old game and still like to get 100% on it. Where they shut down the servers, they should automatically give the online achievements to anyone who sticks the disc in the drive.

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Comment #8 by Andreas_loel
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:33:19 AM
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Crap... Someone wanna boost fifa 11? :P
H2H and cup win is the cheevos i need

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Comment #9 by ModernSith2010
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:38:09 AM
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Next Gen MS, Sony and Nintendo need to insist that if EA and other are going to use there own servers that when they want to close there server to make room for the next game they have to switch it to P2P. Giving everybody a chance to get achievements and for people like my friend who enjoyed playing prostreet online with his friends doing drag races and drift races. Since ProStreet Drift and Drag haven't been done again in NFS so it isn't a simple case of buying the next new product.

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Comment #10 by KingLouis51
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:42:53 AM
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I feel very strongly about shit like this. What about if they decide one day to start making a game unplayable after a year or two, online or offline, just because there are newer versions out. If I prefer FIFA 11 to the newer games then that's my decision. Maybe a friend of mine feels the same, so we play eachother online every night, and that's the reason we bought the game. We don't touch local play or Manager mode. We just love to play against eachother in FIFA 11.

For the record, I don't even like FIFA and this is just hypothetical. I just have strong views about this nonsense -- if I buy a game I should be able to use all features of the game for AT LEAST the length of that console generation. As long as there are still TWO people still interested in playing the game online, EA have a duty to cater to their wishes.

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Comment #11 by HumanDestroyer
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:44:10 AM
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I think it should be made a law that EA have to put ON THE BOX that in a year or two you will not be able to access the games online features. Seems only fair the customer knows what he is paying for.

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Comment #12 by Josh Benton
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 05:46:09 AM
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The worst thing is, is the fact that the Online Pass that allows you play online is still live on the marketplace, meaning you can buy it, just not use it because the EA shut the server down. It really is wrong.

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Comment #13 by Dirty130
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 06:02:46 AM
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They should refund you for your online pass in my opinion but that would never happen.

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Comment #14 by Monty111
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 06:13:32 AM
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Dam, seen as i won this game I'd better get some online achievements on it. Not had a proper look at the achievement list yet but willing to boost.

GT: MontyTP

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Comment #15 by FLiPo
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 06:36:40 AM
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Oh no!! i only have 2 cheevos left in this game:
"Win the Cup as part of an online Pro Club" and
"Win an online Friends League match" i guess i'm going to be stuck

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Comment #16 by High Lord Sigma
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 06:59:41 AM
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Well, I guess I need to get cracking on NBA Jam as soon as finals are over.

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Comment #17 by MikeinSC
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 07:03:12 AM
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This is why I will not buy online passes from EA.

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Comment #18 by SevenJesterHats
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 08:01:34 AM
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EAt dick

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Comment #19 by JCDRANZER
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 09:05:15 AM
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So glad, that I got all the online achievements during the Summer. The only achievement I'm currently missing for this game is Virtual Legend, which is play 500 matches with your virtual pro.....basically a bullshit achievement that EA should never put on FIFA again. Thank god, it's only 50 in Fifa 12.

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Comment #20 by Brightside
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 09:15:39 AM
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This is one of the reasons why I hate online achievements.

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Comment #21 by Kaskade
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 09:27:08 AM
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The real classy move on EA's behalf would be to to manually give the online achievments for free to those loyal online players but who are we kidding

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Comment #22 by nCogNeato
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 09:50:57 AM
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Do we know if NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will be affected, or just the retail NBA Jam?

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Comment #23 by AntoMUFC
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 09:53:09 AM
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i need 50 games with same club, and club win : anybody fancy helping out....

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Comment #24 by Skelix
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 10:00:02 AM
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don't forget NBA Live 10

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Comment #25 by chrisarcade
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 10:16:18 AM
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I hope this doesn't affect NBA Jam Onfire ED..also I agree with #2, why put online chieves in a game if ur just gonna shut down servers u freaking idiots!!

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Comment #26 by FatalDeathSG45
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 11:14:11 AM
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Eh, I could care less about sports games, but for all you achievement hunters oth there, better play those games now!

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Comment #28 by ScottHarris
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 11:44:55 AM
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@20, I agree, i'm not a fan of online achievements in general but this is the main reason why i don't like them. Online Achievements should either be removed or automatically unlocked when servers close down.

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Comment #29 by cliche1
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 12:05:43 PM
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i agree with #28, u hit it straight on the head.

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Comment #30 by SHMEEDIDDY
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 01:50:31 PM
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Are they going to fix the Unotainable "HUT playoff Contender" or NHL 11, which is impossible to get even Legit, I was Rank 1st for the month of Dec. Overall last year and did not qualify!!!!!!!

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Comment #31 by Hydrocannon
Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 10:16:25 PM
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It's interesting. If they shut down NBA Jam:OFE which was released last year, but don't shut down NFS:HP which was released in 2010,then that older games statement is a bunch of crap.

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Comment #32 by francisrossi
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 09:43:52 AM
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"The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy"

Given how often and how quickly they do it, I suspect that's a lie.

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Comment #33 by Wolverine674
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 07:37:19 PM
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Knowing that they will eventually shut down servers, shouldn't they make the Online Only achievements Online OR Offline?

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