Multiplayer to be shutdown for older titles.
The update extended a thank you to fans of the older games, stating, "All of us at EA would like to thank you for your valued participation in our online gaming community and hope that your enthusiasm for these games extends to our current lineup and beyond." A number of the affected titles are older PS2 games, such as FIFA 07 and NASCAR 08.
However, some newer titles, such as Madden NFL 09, Facebreaker and NBA Street Homecourt for the Xbox 360 and PS3 were also included. No word was given as to how the shutdown would affect Xbox Live's or PSN's listing of downloadable roster updates for 360 or PS3 games. We have contacted Microsoft and Sony for word on the impending shutdown of EA servers, but did not receive any comment at the time of publish.
Update: EA revised their Online Service Update statement today, stating that Madden NFL 09 was mistakenly added to this list of titles. According to the posting, "Madden NFL 09 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360 was incorrectly listed, and servers for this title WILL NOT be shut down on April 6, 2010 as previously outlined. We sincerely apologize for the confusion." Facebreaker and NBA Street Homecourt are still affected with the current server shutdown, however.
Below is the newly amended list of games:
February 9, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
FIFA 07 for PC
Madden 07 for Xbox 360
Madden 08 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii and Xbox 360
NHL 08 for PC
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 for PC
UEFA Champions League 07 for PC
February 2, 2010 Online Service Shutdown
Facebreaker for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Fantasy Football 09 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
FIFA 07 for PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2
Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation 2
March Madness 07 for Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 07 for PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 08 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii
NBA LIVE 09 for Wii (Europe only)
NBA Street (2007) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA Football for 08 PlayStation 2
NCAA Football for 09 PlayStation 2
NASCAR 08 for PlayStation 2
NASCAR 09 for PlayStation 2
NASCAR 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (Europe Only)
NFL Tour for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NHL 07 for PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360
UEFA Champions League 07 for Xbox 360