EA announced that it would be closing the online servers of 12 games on August 11, including Battlefield 2: Modern Combat and Army of 2. In addition, two other games will have their online service closed.
In an official statement, EA explained the shutdowns with, “…as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles below a point — fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles — where it’s 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.”
The full list can be found here.
Analysis: I suppose I can understand shutting down the demo servers and to an extent sport games given their frequency of release, but the practice of shutting down servers for older games just before their sequels come out has never sat well with me. It makes it so those games have expiration dates and lose full functionality after a year. I think it’s less about a decreasing amount of people are playing those games online and more about push people to drop another $60 for the new games annually. I’m aware the online population of those games would dwindle with time, but I doubt it does so as much as EA says after one year.