EA jumped on the free-to-play bandwagon in a big way, supporting the pay-nothing-to-start, pay-your ass-off-to-continue-to-play pricing model with microtransation—addled versions of its popular franchises. They’ve spawned things like Battlefield Heroes, FIFA world and other, similar f2P experiences. They’re now shutting them down.
Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World are all getting the axe, with their servers being switched off in just three months. If you’ve played them, and have invested time and money in to these online, f2p titles, then you may want to get your last few kicks in before the servers go dark.
“In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically,” EA says. “These were pioneering experiences, and we’re humbled that, over the years, so many of you joined us to enjoy the games and the community. While we say farewell to these free-to-play titles in the next few months, we are always exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more players around the world”
They’re quick to point out though, that they’re not abandoning the F2P model. In fact, it’s something that they say works rather well with The Old Republic.
“For instance, Star Wars: The Old Republic is a game that continues to have a very enthusiastic and growing player community,” asserts EA’s Patrcik Soderlund. ”We have plans to introduce more new story-driven game updates to our Star Wars: The Old Republic players this year.”
And from those earlier comments, it’s likely that they’re replace those older F2P games with brand new ones. Still, the news has some people up in arms. A great number of people apparently still play Need for Speed World, and they’re rather upset that their money and time investments will soon be lost in a digital abyss.
Last Updated: April 16, 2015