Without warning and with little explanation, EA leaves five Need for Speed franchise titles out of digital stores
Publisher Electronic Arts, famous EA, pulled five older Need for Speed games from its digital stores on Monday, May 31st, with few explanations and citing the imminent retirement of online services for these titles. EA has offered few warnings about the exclusion of Need for Speed games, greatly irritating fans of the venerable racing series.
The five excluded titles are Need for Speed: Carbon (2006) Need for Speed: Undercover (2008) Need for Speed: Shift (2009) Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed (2011) and Need for Speed: The Run (2011). In a statement posted on Reddit on Monday, an EA representative said the following:
The decision to retire games is never an easy one, but now we're shifting gears to focus on the future of Need for Speed. The development teams and operations team have devoted a lot of time and passion to developing, creating, releasing and maintaining these games over the years and we love to see you play.
But the number of players has reached a point where it's no longer viable to keep working behind the scenes to keep [those games] running. We hope you've achieved lots of victories, satisfying drifts, friendly rivalry moments and hours of fun over the past few years with these games.-- Advertising --
Carbon, Undercover, Shift, Shift 2: Unleashed and The Run will all go offline on August 31, 2021, said EA. As of Sept. 1, "you will still be able to play the games and use the respective offline features of these titles," added the publisher.
Removal affects Sony's PlayStation Store, Microsoft's Xbox Games Store, Steam, and EA's Origin service. (Although some of these Need for Speed games are still available for sale on Steam at a discount)
EA said that "it is now shifting gears to focus on the future of Need for Speed." The next game in the franchise is expected in 2022. Need for Speed developer Criterion is assisting DICE on the next game in the Battlefield franchise, and plans to return to racing games (which has been taken over by developer Ghost Games) next year .
Need for Speed out of stores, but it comes back
Need for Speed is a series of racing games published by Electronic Arts (EA) and produced by various studios over the years, including Canadian EA Black Box, British Criterion Games and Swedish Ghost Games. It is considered by many critics and fans as the best racing game franchise of all time.
In 2012, after the restructuring of Black Box, Criterion Games announced that it would take full control of the series. However, in 2013, producers Ghost Games and Ghost Games UK teamed up with Criterion Games to look after the future of the franchise. The Ghost Games UK team consists of around 80% former Criterion Games employees
The first title, The Need for Speed, was released in 1994 for 3DO, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. All the games in the series consist of racing cars on various circuits, closed or not, and some games, themed towards clandestine racing, even feature police chases in the races. The latest title in the series, Need for Speed Heat, was released in November 2019. In November 2020, a remastered version of the game Need For speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) was released.
In addition to several games, the game also features a movie produced by DreamWorks Studios in partnership with EA and stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and has mixed reviews from experts who still do not consider this as the "salvation of game movies ”.
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