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EA has pulled five Need for Speed games from sale and will be shutting down their servers

IbizaPocholo

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In a post on the Need for Speed Reddit, a member of the development team announced that “as of May 31”, the following titles would be removed from all digital stores:
  • Need for Speed Carbon
  • Need for Speed Undercover
  • Need for Speed Shift
  • Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed
  • Need for Speed The Run
The in-game stores featured in each store are also being closed today, and the online servers will then be turned off on August 31.

From that point on, the games will still be playable offline as single-player titles, but since they are now no longer available to buy online, this will only be possible if players managed to buy the games before they were delisted, or have a physical copy. Players who have digital-only systems and haven’t bought the games yet will have no way of playing them.

At the time of writing, all five games appear to have been removed from the Xbox and PlayStation stores, but are still on Steam.

“Decisions to retire games are never made easy, but we are now shifting gears to focus on the future of Need for Speed,” reads the Reddit post.

“The development teams and operational staff have put a lot of time and passion into the development, creation, release and upkeep of the game over the years, and we love to see you play.

“But the number of players has come to a point where it’s no longer feasible to continue the work behind the scenes required to keep Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run up and running.”
 
“But the number of players has come to a point where it’s no longer feasible to continue the work behind the scenes required to keep Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run up and running.”


Sucks for those players, and I wonder the total amount EA is spending on keeping these games online. Corporations are people too though and financially EA is going through an extremely rough time.
 

Fox Mulder

Member
It’s a shock these were even still up. The two Shift games are old SMS games and I could see them shitting out a fast Undercover, The Run, or Carbon remaster this year with the next Criterion NFS being delayed.
 

Excess

Member
The games functionality will be gutted. Selling it in such a state is bad PR.
Not that I doubt that EA couldn't care less about the functionality of 10-year old games, as this is same company that has a reputation of releasing half-baked games as new, but again, what does it cost them? If anything, a sale is still a sale, regardless of how old the game is.
 
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SafeOrAlone

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wipeout364

Member
I have to wonder if it isn’t related to licensing issues as well, those games are getting pretty old and their sales may not justify paying for a new licensing agreement if their cars or music is coming due. I just noticed shift 2 and the run are both 10 years old this year.
 

Zeroing

Gold Member
Oh damn I am glad that EA online DRM never caught up… also for a company who likes to shove online into everything they sure seem
Disconnected!
 

Northeastmonk

Gold Member
The last time I remember this series making a name for itself was with Underground. Too bad these games don’t stick for the long ride. I own Undercover, but the rest I just outright ignored. NFS is a cool, long running series, but it never feels like it sells itself based on what it use to with Hot Pursuit.
 

Birdo

Banned
I have to actually commend EA for keeping them up for so long. They must have kept renewing the licences.

Sony and MS kill racing games after just a few years (Forza, DriveClub, GT)
 

stn

Member
I wish they gave more of a heads-up for announcements such as these. That said, its my understanding that those games, apart from Shift 1 and 2, are pretty shitty.
 

wvnative

Member
I wish they gave more of a heads-up for announcements such as these. That said, its my understanding that those games, apart from Shift 1 and 2, are pretty shitty.
Carbon and The Run I personally like. But even if the rest are bad, it's pretty bad there was no warning. People may want to still check all these games out one day.
 

Shakka43

Member
They just took NFS: Undercover off as I was about to check out. It was marked as 4.99 but now the pricing is gone.
 

Orta

console wars 2020 - participant
Isn't Hot Pursuit pretty much the only good NFS game ever made anyway?
 

baphomet

Member
Not when physical is not a thing anymore. did you read what he said??

These games are up to 15 years old.

It's as fucking stupid as saying something about an all digital future if Nintendo were to pull the nes Super Mario Bros off Nintendo Online.
 
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Unk Adams

Banned
This is why you don't want an all digital future. Carbon is hardly a bad game, it's far better than any of the NFS games of this generation. I can't even buy another great racing game from an entirely different company (Outrun Online Arcade) because it's been delisted. If a physical copy existed this wouldn't be a problem, now it's literally impossible for me and others to play if we want to get into it now.
 

xrnzaaas

Member
Well they held on for quite long compared to something like Forza games which get delisted very quickly. Shift 1 and 2 are among the best NfS games ever made for me. They were a good attempt to make NfS games more sim like and it's a shame EA never tried that again with future games (even as NfS "spin-offs") and just stayed with the full arcade route.
 

wvnative

Member
If people were trying to play these games even in like the triple digits, they wouldn’t be getting delisted

Car licenses expire as do music licenses, that's probably the main reason.

I'm not mad they are delisted, I understand why even if I don't like it, just don't like it when people say "no one cares". I am very passionite about game preservation and such comments rub me the wrong way.
 

Andodalf

Member
Car licenses expire as do music licenses, that's probably the main reason.

I'm not mad they are delisted, I understand why even if I don't like it, just don't like it when people say "no one cares". I am very passionite about game preservation and such comments rub me the wrong way.

It just doesn’t make sense for companies keep paying for games like this to exist for some few people. If these games were physical only then they would’ve had their online shut down long ago. Them having other options expanded their life. They had the best case scenario already. And you can still play with physical copies, which would be the only way with no digital in the first place!
 
Car licenses expire as do music licenses, that's probably the main reason.

I'm not mad they are delisted, I understand why even if I don't like it, just don't like it when people say "no one cares". I am very passionite about game preservation and such comments rub me the wrong way.

Agreed
 

IDKFA

Member
And some people still want an all digital future in gaming. HAHAHA!!!

I do. In fact, I'm hoping for a streaming/subscription only model in the future. Far more convenient and a lot cheaper. Buying games is an outdated concept that I can't wait to see the back of.
 

Paperboy

Member
Why would EA pull these games from the online stores without a prior announcement and the opportunity to earn some final sales? Have they finally stopped loving money?
 

Fox Mulder

Member
Why would EA pull these games from the online stores without a prior announcement and the opportunity to earn some final sales? Have they finally stopped loving money?

they probably just don’t give a shit. Some warning would just amount in a couple thousand sales of these old games. They still closed Ghost Games after Heat probably sold at least a couple million.
 
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