Now that Gamespy’s matchmaking and online hosting services will pulled, some pretty high profile titles and publishers are going to have to make adjustments to the online portions of their games. Nintendo is just shutting the whole thing down on Wii and DS games, but EA is opting to keep at least its older Battlefield games up and running.
Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 all operate through the old Gamespy servers, and when fans asked on the official Origin Twitter account, they got the answer they wanted.
@Tofugames We're working on transitioning those games after the shut down so you'll still be able to play them.
— Origin (@OriginInsider) April 9, 2014
EA also issued a statement to IGN saying, “We’re working on finding a transition, but still have technical hurdles to overcome. We will make an announcement when there is news to share.”
So while there might be a little overlap after the shut down, EA is taking the high road in making sure that its games remain alive and well despite server hiccups. You just have to download Origin in order to play them.
We’ll have to wait and see who else will follow this example, but as I’ve mentioned before, don’t expect every game to make the cut. Online video games are not a permanent establishment, and you can expect to see this happening quite often as servers age, fans lose interest, and that ever important bottom line starts to be infringed upon.
Anybody still playing these Battlefield games online? That Battlefield 2 screenshot sure is ugly, but last I checked, that game was still top of its class. People just don’t have as many mean things to say about these older titles as they do with modern Battlefield games.