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Battlefield 2, Skate Among EA Games Losing Online Support

Electronic Arts will shut down the severs for multiple online-enabled games in the coming months, saying that those who play the games represent less than 1 percent of its online customers.
Electronic Arts will shut down the servers for multiple online-enabled games in the coming months, saying that those who play the games represent less than 1 percent of its online customers. Among the games being retired in August and October updates are EA Montreal's original Army of Two, EA Canada's Need for Speed Most Wanted for Xbox 360 and PC (joining the PSP and Xbox versions in retirement), the original Skate, Digital Illusions' Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, and a handful of legacy EA Sports titles. "The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy," the company said in its service update. "We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99 percent of customers playing our more popular games," it added, saying that the combined online gameplay for these titles was less than 1 percent of the company's total. Fortunately, all of the games being retired have a sequel or updated iteration still functioning online. The full schedule of upcoming server shutdowns is available here.

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