Electronic Arts has confirmed plans to pull the plug on online functionality for over 50 of its titles by July, 2014.
News comes via the company’s official webpage, which reveals that the reasoning behind the mass shutdown is due to hosting service GameSpy who, effective May 31st, will cease providing support for a litany of online titles.
“Since GameSpy’s announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running. 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.”
Of those titles headed to the proverbial gallows, EA has confirmed that prominent releases such as the first two Crysis instalments along with previous entries into the Battlefield series will be taken offline. It’s worth noting, however, that certain server closures will only affect one platform; though it appears Nintendo DS will be hit the worst out of the bunch.
In response to this, EA has acknowledged the popularity of existing software — including Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 1942 — and even made mention to finding a “transitioning solution” that would extend the multiplayer component of each game through community-supported options. Nevertheless, the publisher alluded to several technical issues that stand in the way and, therefore, has nothing to formally announce at this time.
For a full list of those titles affected, you can head over to EA’s dedicated support page.