Electronic Arts is pulling the plug on many parts of the long-running Need for Speed racing game series. The titles can no longer be purchased and also lose online features.
Almost secretly, quietly and quietly, Electronic Arts has announced that several older parts of the Need for Speed series will no longer be supported in the future. For this reason, these can no longer be purchased from digital sales platforms such as Xbox Live, PSN or other online retailers.
The games Need for Speed: Carbon, Shift, Shift 2: Unleashed, Undercover and The Run are affected. It almost seems as if the publisher was trying to hide the decision, which may not have been popular among fans, under the guise of bank holidays in the UK and the US.
Anyone who has already purchased one of the above-mentioned games will still be able to play it – but with a limited range of functions. At the same time, EA will promptly terminate online support for all of the titles mentioned, so that these will only be fully playable until August 31st. Those who value trophies and achievements can only unlock them in the coming weeks and also take part in online games.
Via Reddit EA states that “decisions to retire games are never made lightly”. By discontinuing support for the older titles, they want to focus more on the future of Need for Speed.
The franchise is now in the hands of the Criterion developer studio. The next series offshoot was postponed because Criterion had to help with the completion of Battlefield 6.