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FIFA 11, NBA Jam and Madden NFL 11’s online services will be retired next month, EA has announced.
The sports games are included in the publisher’s next wave of server shutdowns, which also include NCAA Football 11 and NHL 11. The games will each be taken offline on January 11, 2013.
If you still have any online-based achievements or trophies to pick up, make sure you get round to doing it before then.
“The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy,” EA said. “The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired.
“But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level – fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles – where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.
“We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.”
Previous games to have their online services retired include Burnout Revenge, Army of Two, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10.