Posted on August 2, 2007,

Electronic Arts to Shut Down All Online 2006 Sports Titles

ea_sports.jpgSports fan who enjoy online competition are going to be disappointed if they are owners of any 2006 EA titles. They are all being shut down, or at least you’ll be hard pressed to find any still available online.

In a shocking move, Electronic Arts sent out a service update naming dozens of EA 2006 sports titles, and even a couple of 2007 titles as well, stating, “Servers for the games listed below will be shut down on the indicated dates. You may continue to play the games online up until these dates, but certain community programs may begin to close down prior to the shutdown dates.”

No joke, there are eighteen different titles they’re shutting down. Here’s the list:

For September 1st, 2007

  • Arena Football (PS2, Xbox)
  • FIFA Soccer 06 (360, PS2, PSP, Xbox, PC)
  • FIFA World Cup 2006 (PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox)
  • FIFA 06 (PC)
  • Fight Night Round 3 (PSP, Xbox)
  • Madden NFL 06 (360, PS2, PSP, Xbox, PC)
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (PS2, Xbox)
  • MVP 07 NCAA Baseball (PS2, Xbox)
  • NASCAR 06 Total Team Control (PS2, Xbox)
  • NBA Live 06 (360, PS2, PSP, PC)
  • NCAA Football 2005 (Xbox)
  • NCAA Football 2006 (Xbox, PS2)
  • NCAA March Madness 06 (PS2, Xbox)
  • NFL Head Coach (PC, Xbox, PS2)
  • NHL 06 (PC, Xbox, PS2)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (360, Xbox)

For November 1, 2007

  • Burnout Revenge (PS2)
  • Need for Speed Underground (PS2)
  • Need for Speed Underground 2 (PC, PS2)
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted (PSP, Xbox)

It was kind of surprising to see the Need for Speed titles going away, but it looks like they’re clearing away room for new and better titles for people to spend their money on.

via Electronic Arts

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11 Comments on Electronic Arts to Shut Down All Online 2006 Sports Titles

Decline1822

On August 2, 2007 at 6:04 pm

Fight night round 2 is being take down, not round 3. There isn’t even a Round 4 yet… they wouldn’t turn off Round 3 until a sequel was out.

Crimson

On August 2, 2007 at 6:15 pm

Here’s to hoping Round 4 comes out quickly then, Yeah?

Andrew

On August 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm

What I wrote is straight from the update.

ChaosBahamut

On August 2, 2007 at 10:01 pm

Only the X-Box 1 version of Fight Night Round 3 is getting the can. The PS2 and 360 versions will still have online play. imo the real surprise is Burnout Revenge as there’s no sequel that uses online play yet.

masterchief14

On August 2, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Thanks a bunch EA! :roll:

Phil Migrowen

On August 2, 2007 at 10:47 pm

“What I wrote is straight from the update.”

No, it isn’t. The EA announcement at http://www.ea.com/information.jsp?ncc=1 actually provides the accurate game title and platform. Your list is a misleading mess.

JohnWE

On August 3, 2007 at 12:27 am

Well, I can see that they would remove the old sports games, there’s a new one every year. But NFS has gotta have people playing it online…

Xboxlenny

On August 3, 2007 at 9:04 am

thats lame. EA are cheap anyhow by not usuing the Xbox live service or the PSN service to host their games. I think this is only a tactic to get people to buy the lastet titles from them. I hope this backfires and makes people turn away. I will now never buy an EA game. Why chance it and hear you cannot play no more.

Its too bad because they have quite a few great games. i can see this continuing. What about games like Rock band? will they stop the online play in a few years so you have to buy a new one? Some games are fun and worth the online play anytime more than the new limits EA sets.

EA get on the Xbox live bandwagon. your cut off ways will only hurt you. I say to EA “Screw you” im glad i switched to the 2K sports games

MacerRacer00

On September 1, 2007 at 9:32 am

So Burnout Revenge is being taken down, but Burnout 3 Takedown is still up? Thats F*cked up! I mean, c’mon EA. Just say “Burnout Revenge is on the Criterion Server and we(EA) messed up.” When you log into BO:R it says Logging into EA server, not true. Well, I guess thats what we get, when ou give the almighty power to EA. Thanx :evil:

fgdg

On October 9, 2008 at 12:17 am

@Xboxlenny

EA are the only company that use their own servers in the 360 case (another reason I’m glad I pay a small fee for Xbox live connection) in PS3s case most non Sony titles have to use their own servers so this can in the long run affect many PS3 titles but only EA titles on 360..

k

On August 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

they cancelled fifa 06 online damn