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EA Shutting Down Some Online Services

by Patrick Barnett - March 19, 2012, 6:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates, (EA)

Boom Blox Bash Party, EA Sports Active 2, and more will soon lose online capabilities.

EA will be shutting down the online servers for a number of their games on April 13, according to the company.

The full list of Nintendo Wii games that will lose their online functionality are:
- Boom Blox Bash Party
- EA Create
- EA Sports Active 2.0
- EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp
- FIFA 10

If you have any interest in going back to do anything with these games online, now is the time to do so.

Talkback

xcwarriorMarch 19, 2012

Boom Blox Bash Party had a lot of great user created levels on there. Wish my file wouldn't have been lost due to my Wii going boom.

I like how they're also canning the online for EA MMA at the same time. You know, the game that was the first to use Online Pass.

Chozo GhostMarch 19, 2012

Quote from: Shaymin

I like how they're also canning the online for EA MMA at the same time. You know, the game that was the first to use Online Pass.

This destroys the one and only reason why the Online Pass thing might ever have been a good idea. If they are still shutting down even the games which have it, then what good is it? I would never buy an online pass. If the game includes it, fine, but I would never spend extra on one, because the plug is still going to be pulled eventually regardless.

EnnerMarch 19, 2012

Hah, yeah. Apparently, EA doesn't care how worse and worse they look as long as they save the trivial amount of cash used to have a master server running. It's even more unnecessary when you consider the bulk of the online play is handled peer-to-peer.

Quote from: Chozo

This destroys the one and only reason why the Online Pass thing might ever have been a good idea. If they are still shutting down even the games which have it, then what good is it? I would never buy an online pass. If the game includes it, fine, but I would never spend extra on one, because the plug is still going to be pulled eventually regardless.

Heh. Having the scheme read as "Used Game Penalty" probably wouldn't go over as well. It would be honest though. Oh, another stupid thing is that online support for The Saboteur (a single-player game) will be pulled and some extra content will be unavailable (legitimately, at least). I think the content included nudity for the game's gentleman's club hideout.

TJ SpykeMarch 19, 2012

I wouldn't mind so much when they did this for older games if it didn't make some achievements impossible to get.

Imagine how pissed someone buying an Online Pass now must be knowing that paid $10 for it and will get to play online for less than a month. Makes me glad that most publishers don't host their own servers. I could still play a non-EA Xbox Live game from 2006 if I wanted (and could find others online).

Chozo GhostMarch 19, 2012

TJ, I am shocked that you aren't defending EA. Maybe there is hope for you yet.  :cool;

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMarch 19, 2012

I do wonder, does EA offer anything for someone who buys an online pass within a particular timeframe of the server being shut down?

CericMarch 20, 2012

I keep saying I'm going to get Boom Blox Bash Party and then promptly forgetting.  Maybe this will motivate me.

ejamerMarch 20, 2012

Is there content I need to download for Bash Party before the server goes down?  Frankly, I suspect the on-disc game content is all I'll care about and it's all I've spent time with so far...

Fatty The HuttMarch 20, 2012

Quote from: ejamer

Is there content I need to download for Bash Party before the server goes down?  Frankly, I suspect the on-disc game content is all I'll care about and it's all I've spent time with so far...

As I recall, you can NOT download the user created content for BBBP, just temporarily grab it from the server and play it.
This is why this news particularly sucks. There are some really excellent user levels and soon, POOF, they will all disappear.

What did EA Sports Active 2.0 do online?

ejamerMarch 20, 2012

Quote from: MegaByte

What did EA Sports Active 2.0 do online?

It was actually a pretty cool way to make the experience more than just a game, by letting you track and view your progress online.  Losing it won't really detract from the experience... but it was a neat feature!


Here is the EA press note about it:



Take Your Workout Online – Track your progress on the web via the EA SPORTS Active online global community.  EA SPORTS Active 2 tracks your fitness data online via automatic uploads to your online profile and allows you to share your data and connect with other users through workout groups - all while reaching your own personal fitness goals.

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