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.