Here’s the full roster of games losing online functionality, courtesy of EA:
- BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii
- Burnout™ Revenge for Xbox 360
- EA Create for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
- EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
- EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii
- FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
- The Godfather™ II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360
You might look at the list of titles and think the same thing most of us did, “okay, so what?” Right, these are either games that are old or games that never held much popularity in the first place. Their online functionality probably won’t be missed by the masses once removed. We agree with that notion, but behind it lies a very specific problem.
EA launched project $10 in order to ensure that they were making money off of the sale of secondhand trade of used games. They sell Online Passes to consumers who don’t buy their games new; those passes cost additional money and are the only way to jump into the online features of games.
Still not seeing the problem? MMA is a game that required an online pass. It launched in October of 2010, not even two years ago. Gamers who bought it used recently and purchased an online pass for an additional fee will not have access to the services they paid for. By shutting the servers for MMA down, EA is saying that they have the right to make the Online Passes purchased useless.
Did you buy Battlefield 3 used? Did you pay $10 for the game’s Online Pass? What would you think if EA pulled the plug on its online functionality in 2014?