Battlefield Heroes farewell

It’s not unusual for a company to shut down games, but it is a little weird for them to talk about how well another one of their games is doing in the same breath and leading you to think that those other games just didn’t measure up.

That seems to be what Electronic Arts has done today, with Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund giving the grim news that four games — Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need For Speed World, and FIFA World — will be shutting down. The games will remain active for another 90 days.

What’s odd about the statement is how it begins by talking about how well Star Wars: The Old Republic is doing. Thanks to its “very enthusiastic and growing player community,” EA and BioWare plan to deliver “new story-driven game updates” in the coming year. That stands in contrast to the four shuttered games, which “are not as popular as they once were.” It feels like your parents saying, “Well, your brother went off to college, what are you doing with your life?”

Maybe it’s just an attempt to inject some good news into a not-so-pleasant statement, but it still feels a little weird. Or maybe it’s a subtle suggestion that maybe Battlefield Heroes players would have been better off bringing lightsabers into combat.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Martin on May 18, 2015

    Not happy about the closure of NFS World, but it’s typical EA. I find it hilarious after the announcement of the closure they are doing more events than ever and have even created new tracks to race on. If they had the same commitment in the last few years the game could be thriving without cheaters, but I assume EA is determined to win (rightfully so) the Golden Poo Award once again. Absolute rubbish this company.

  2. Azazel on April 17, 2015

    What happens to all the money I spent on NFS World?

    • OMGreally? on April 18, 2015

      It stays in the pocket of the manager.

      You didn’t read the TOS did you ?

  3. Shanex on April 17, 2015

    For you all thinking Star wars the old republic is gonna go down the same path… wont.
    Unlike the other games Star wars is pretty solid, I hate the free to play version, there’s no point in playing it free, but the game isn’t pay to win.

  4. Jooq on April 16, 2015

    SWTOR is not that bad, but F2P restrictions are terrible. Wish NFS: World stayed, but mixed feelings, because this game is filled with cheaters. Gonna miss my Chevrolet Chevelle and Camino ( Sad.

  5. Hemp on April 16, 2015

    Meh just another group of games that no one played. Too bad they also scrapped one of the best MOBAs i’ve ever played.

  6. Richard on April 15, 2015

    funny since swtor isn’t that great too and p2w or just pay to really do shit.

  7. Mamson on April 15, 2015

    very nice

  8. Marto on April 15, 2015

    All of those were poorly made, cash-in games made by big studios, and then handed over to EA’s f2p developer: EAsy.

    I used to be an avid player of Battlefield Play4Free and Battlefield Heroes like 5 years ago. EAsy ruined both those games.

    Their strategy was to REMOVE features that were already free in the game, and then reintroduce them for a price.
    Example: They reduced all of the assault rifle magazines from 30 to 20, THEN they started to charge for extended 30 round magazines.

    Not only did they mess with the business model and game balance, but they also broke many core gameplay features that were solid during the launch.

    I hope no one misses EAsy. Besides Nexon,, and a couple other smaller publishers, there was no bigger P2W developer than EAsy.

    Rest in pieces EAsy, may you never be remembered.

  9. fromhelll on April 15, 2015

    Not a surprise in a way, every time I use uTorrent, I see ads for SWTOR, I can’t remember the last time i saw an ad for any of their other games, of course add to that the P2W.

  10. Gahen on April 15, 2015

    Haven’t played BF Heroes fot at least 2 years, but every day I logged in dor the daily reward… Now I have an awesome equipment I don’t play with, and they srap it… DAMN…

  11. Urs-00 on April 15, 2015

    they wrote “We’re constantly looking at how players are engaging with our games – listening, learning and shaping our experiences based on that feedback”

    EA and their ego xD

    go thing those p2w crap are closing, now let’s hope the same happens with SWTOR