Star Wars: Battlefront, Battlefield 1942 Multiplayer Shut Down By EA
EA is shutting down multiplayer servers for 50 games on June 30th. The long list of affected games include some of the best multiplayer titles ever published by the company.
Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 2142 and every release between them will lose multiplayer. That pretty much kills those games given their online focus. You can play with bots but it's a serious downgrade from fighting against humans.
Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefront 2 are in the same boat. They have single-player modes but you really don't want to play them. The real magic lay in being able to participate in huge battles from Star Wars lore. Maybe we'll have forgotten about these two older games by June 30th, though. EA plans to show off the next Star Wars: Battlefront at E3 earlier that month.
Whenever EA or another company announces that they're turning off multiplayer servers, I feel like I'm one of those poor folks on Hoarders that won't let their nephew throw out the mound of twenty-year-old newspapers in their bathtub. "No, don't throw that out! I might need it!" Sure, I haven't touched many of these games in years, but the thought of losing them forever suddenly ups their value.
As EA says, though, these older games have "typically fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles." At a certain point, it's not worth it for them to put time and money into keeping these titles online. Room has to be made for the new releases.
That's one aspect of gaming I'll never get used to: the constant demolition of the old to make way for the new. It's easy enough to read a two-hundred-year-old book or watch a film from the 1940's. Good luck playing an MMO that shut down last year, though. Hardware changes, servers shut down and we lose our older games whether we like it or not. Games that are played by millions of people now will eventually be played by no one. There's some preservation of history through remakes and re-releases but it seems like we lose far more than we save.
Anyway, rant over. Here's the list of games losing their multiplayer on June 30th:
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