EA is pulling the plug on online functionality for dozens of games

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, Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 2142, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Crysis 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Star Wars: Battlefront II. 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.

As of June 30, a number of games – some of them among the best of all time – will have their online components cease to be supported. Among the casualties will be Battlefield 1942 (PC), C&C Generals (PC), Crysis (PC), Master of Orion III (PC), Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (PC), the original Neverwinter Nights (PC) and its sequel, and both Star Wars: Battlefront titles on PC.23 There are also some Wii, DS and even PS2 games among the casualties, but those ones listed above are the big ones. The move comes as EA, who either made, published or now own the rights to all those games,reacts to the looming closure of Gamespy, itself an ancient online service which has been keeping these classics’ multiplayer alive on life-support for years. With Gamespy closing down on May 31, the EA games using it will be cut off as well.P

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