A number of games will be retired in January 2013

EA shuts down online services for Sims 2 and FIFA 11

EA has announced that it will be closing down online services for a number of titles.

Games including The Sims 2, FIFA 11, FIFA Manager 11, Madden NFL and NBA Jam will have their online features dropped.

EA says the features have been dropped to prioritise resource to its latest and most active games.

"The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired," read a blog post.

"But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level – fewer than one per cent of all peak online players across all EA titles – where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.

"We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99 per cent of customers playing our more popular games.

"We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage."

The full list of EA games that will be retired in January 2013 is as follows:

January 19th
Trenches II for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

January 14th
The Sims 2 for PC/MAC and TheSims2.com

January 11th
FIFA Soccer 11 for PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 for PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA JAM for PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 10 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NCAA Football 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360

January 3rd
FIFA Manager 11 for PC

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