Electronic Arts is in the process of removing five Need for Speed games, and plans to shut down its servers in three months.
In a post on Need for Speed Reddit, a member of the development team announced that “as of May 31”, the following titles will be removed from all digital stores:
- Need for Speed Carbon
- Need for Speed Undercover
- Need for speed change
- Need for Speed Shift 2: released
- Need for Speed The Run
The game stores in each store are also closed today, and the online servers will then be shut down on 31 August.
From that point on, the games will still be able to be played offline as single-player titles, but since they are no longer available for purchase online, this will only be possible if players managed to purchase the games before they were removed, or have a physical copy. Players who only have digital systems and have not yet purchased the games have no way of playing them.
At the time of writing, it appears that all five games have been removed from the Xbox and PlayStation stores, but are still on Steam.
“Decisions to retire games have never been 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 maintenance of the game over the years, and we love watching you play.
“But the number of players has reached a point where it is no longer possible 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. ”
The reaction to the news about the series’ Reddit has been mostly negative, mainly due to the fact that the players did not get enough warning that the games were removed.
“Sir, to be honest, you should have made this announcement about a week ago. People wanted the chance to buy them before delisting, “reads a comment.
“Love how you choose to announce that IN THE WELL MINUTE the sale ends … Well, I guess you do not want my money, so be it,” added another. “Besides, there are many countries that are already in June 1. It gets more confusing for us. ”
In March, it was revealed that Electronic Arts has delayed the release of the next Need for Speed game by a year and moved developer Criterion Games to a supporting role on Battlefield 6.
Laura Miele, EA’s chief studio manager, told Polygon that Criterion is still handling the new Need for Speed, which will now be released by March 2023 for platforms including current and latest generation consoles.