EA shutting down four free-to-play PC games
Electronic Arts is ending development on four of its free-to-play Windows PC games and will soon shut them down entirely.
The four games in question — Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, FIFA World and Need for Speed World — are "not as popular as they once were," said Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president of EA Studios, in a post on The Beat. Söderlund drew a contrast between those titles and Star Wars: The Old Republic, which he said "continues to have a very enthusiastic and growing player community."
EA will continue operating the four games for the next 90 days: The shutdown will come July 14. EA is now encouraging players to spend their remaining balances of the games' respective microtransaction currencies, and has disabled further purchases of in-game funds.
"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," said Söderlund. "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."