EA Shutting Down Online Servers of 50 Games on June 30

In the old days, lasting appeal simply meant how many times you could complete Sonic Spinball before getting bored. Nowadays, the term literally means how long the game will last thanks to the gameplay of numerous titles being tied directly to online play, a subject we recently mused about. Case in point: EA today announced that they will shut down the servers for 50 of their games. Typically, this happens when games drop below a certain threshold — typically under 1% of peak online players across all titles — and it’s not longer feasible for the company to main the servers. In this case, however, all of the games were part of the GameSpy platform, which hosted online services for a number of EA games for several years, the closure of which resulted in servers being shut down.

Some of the games getting the axe aren’t really all that notable — Dracula Undead Awakening for the Wii, for instance, a game so obscure you didn’t even know it existed — as well as things like FIFA Soccer ’08 on Wii/DS and Sneezies. A few of the games, however, are a bit more notable like Battlefield 2 and Crysis 2 on PC as well as Bulletstorm on PS3.

EA is investigating community-supported options to retain online functionality for some titles, but currently don’t have any plans in place.

Check out the full list below:

Battlefield 1942 (PC/Mac)
Battlefield 2 (PC)
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (PS2)
Battlefield 2142 (PC/Mac)
Battlefield Vietnam (PC)
Bejeweled 2 (Wii)
Bulletstorm (PS3)
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (PC/Mac)
Command & Conquer: Generals (PC/Mac)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (PC/Mac)
Crysis (PC)
Crysis 2 (PC)
Crysis Wars (PC)
Dracula – Undead Awakening (Wii)
Dragon Sakura (DS)
EA Sports ’06 (PC)
F1 2002 (PC)
FIFA Soccer ’08 (Wii/DS)
FIFA Soccer ’09 (DS)
FIFA Soccer ’10 (DS)
FIFA Street 3 (DS)
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers (PS2)
Global Operations (PC)
Green Day: Rock Band (Wii)
James Bond: Nightfire (PC)
Madden NFL ’08 (DS)
Madden NFL ’09 (DS)
Master of Orion III (PC)
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (PC/Mac)
MySims Party (Wii)
MySims Racing (DS)
MySims SkyRacing (Wii/DS)
NASCAR Sim Racing (PC)
NASCAR Thunder 2003 (PC)
NASCAR Thunder 2004 (PC)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (PC)
Need for Speed: ProStreet (DS)
Need for Speed: Undercover (DS)
Neverwinter Nights (PC/Mac/Linux)
Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC/Mac)
SimCity Creator (Wii)
Skate It (DS)
Sneezies (Wii)
Spore Creatures (DS)
Spore Hero Arena (DS)
Star Wars: Battlefront (PS2/PC)
Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS2/PC)
The Beatles: Rock Band (Wii)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’08 (DS)