‘Battlefield Heroes’, ‘Battlefield Play4Free’, ‘Need for Speed World’, and ‘FIFA World’ will be available to players for the next 90 days – but on July 14, EA Studios will be putting these games offline.
EA has released an official statement about the closure in which they state: “After July 14, you will not have access to any game-related data or content and these titles will shut down. Refunds will not be available for purchases made toward these titles.”
As of right now, no new accounts will be allowed to register nor can current players purchase Play4Free funds or in-game currencies for these games, so any balances left on your accounts should be used up before July 14 because after that, EA won’t be giving that money back.
Why is EA shutting down these games? Quite simply, a lack of popularity. Patrick Soderlund, EA’s executive vice president, wrote in a blog post that these “games are not as popular as they once were . . . In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically. 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.”
EA will be keeping one of their more popular free-to-play PC games, ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’. Of ‘The Old Republic’, Soderlund said it “is a game that continues to have a very enthusiastic and growing player community, and we have plans to introduce more new story-driven game updates to our Star Wars: The Old Republic players this year.” So those of you wanting to keep up your Star Wars excitement until ‘The Force Awakens’ comes to theaters this winter are in luck.