The sun is setting on Need for Speed’s online offerings, Call of Duty Online in China, and multiple SUBA MMOs

    
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I’d like to say that a roundup of impending sunsets is a first on MOP, but this is 2021, the year Gamigo sunsetted a ton of games all at once, so unfortunately it’s not.

First, Need for Speed World sunsetted back in 2015, but a whole bunch of older Need for Speed online titles are also closing down in favor of work on future Need for Speed games. The good news is that the offline versions will keep working.

“Starting May 31st 2021, Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run will be removed from digital storefronts and you will no longer be able to purchase them. In-game stores will also be closed from May 31st. This is in preparation for the retirement of the online services for these titles which will happen on August 31st 2021. Until that date, you will be able to play and race your friends (and rivals) online. From September 1st 2021 onwards, you can still play the games and use the respective offline features of these titles.”

Second, Tencent is apparently shuttering the Chinese version of Call of Duty Online, which has been live in the region since 2015. According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad (via GIbiz), it’s a result of “declining revenue and lack of renewal from Activision.” Pretty wild given how the game basically sustains Activision in the west, but as GIbiz notes, it’s Call of Duty Mobile that does well in China.

Finally, MMO Fallout noticed that a bunch of SUBA GAMES are on the chopping block: free-to-play Divine Souls, the unreleased Kingdom Heroes 2, and a battle royale dubbed Extopia.

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Jack Pipsam

Need for Speed Carbon was my first (and last lol) NFS game, I was like I dunno’ 11 I remember getting it on the PS2 as it was cheap from EB Games, was keen that my mum finally let me have a street racing game as my friend was really into them and she was not happy about them, turns out she need not have worried because I hate driving lol.

Anyway I’m actually kind of impressed they’ve kept the servers up for the 360 version of that for this long, I guess at this point I just assumed that it would be more running off LIVE itself than EA’s own servers.

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My first was NFS Porsche 2000, but the one that I really fell in love with and had been playing since and beating it numerous times was NFS Underground 2003.

I haven’t played much NFS games online, aside from NFS World, but I prefer playing them single player against AI opponents, it’s just more fun and relaxing that way.

But for EA to even stopping selling the games is stupid. Even if they shut down their online services, keeping selling them will make them money, because people will still want to buy them.