EA has withdrawn several older games from the Need for Speed franchise. The move is set to shut down online services for affected titles, which will happen in the fall.
Affected are Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed the Run, which was launched in 2011. From now on, all the games mentioned can only be purchased second-hand on DVD for PC and consoles. Purchases are no longer possible on distribution platforms such as Steam, Xbox and PlayStation Store. In-game shops, if any, have also been closed.
On August 31st, online functions for the affected games will finally be deactivated. Since September, only single player mode and functions can be used.
Change Because of “Future”
It was decided to focus onZukunft Von Need for Speed“To be able to focus, developers wrote on Reddit. Development teams have had one for years.”lots of time and passion“Put in the development, publication and operation of the game, the current number of players does not make it economically viable to continue the necessary work in the background.
This explanation ties in with references to new titles that can still be played online, including Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012), Rivals, Need for Speed (2015) (tested) and small portions Payback and Heat. With the exception of the first, however, they have one thing in common: unlike the discontinued titles, they stand for the qualitative degradation of the brand under the auspices of Ghost Games. To this extent it seems absolutely necessary to focus on the future. EA has already set the course for this with the continuation of the series by handing over the experts to Criterion Games.