Electronic Arts is removing a number of older Need for Speed games, which will also close game stores and remove online services. EA said the decision was made because it is "changing speed to focus on the future of Need for Speed" and there are simply not enough players to justify their support.
These are the games that are being left out:
- Need for Speed Carbon
- Need for Speed Undercover
- Need for gear change
- Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed
- Need for Speed The Run
The games in question will be removed from the digital storefronts today, so they will no longer be available for purchase and in-game stores will also close today. Online services will continue to run until August 31, but only offline features will be available.
"Development teams and operational staff have dedicated a lot of time and passion to the development, creation, launch and maintenance of the game over the years, and we love watching it play," wrote Max_Joker, the community manager. Reddit. "But the number of players has reached a point where it is no longer feasible to continue the backstage work needed to maintain Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for speed Change, need for speed Change 2: trigger and need for speed.
Games have already been removed from Origin, and while Covert, Maj, i May 2 will remain available on Steam, presumably from there as well. Predictably, some fans are upset with the decision and the abruptness of the announcement, but all the games affected are at least a decade old and, according to the numbers of Steam graphics, have small player bases.
As for this Need for Speed future, it was recently rolled back so that developer Criterion could help with the future of Battlefield. Now let’s take a look at what’s to come before April 1, 2022.