After Hours

Still playing Madden NFL 09 online? Not much longer.

Starting February 2, 2010, Electronic Arts will begin shutting down a series of online game servers. Many say EA is retiring certain games prematurely.

I admit to being the sort of person who rarely plays a video game all the way through and rarely retires old games. I'm hoping Dungeon Seige II installs easily on my new computer; heck, I still have my The 7th Guest discs, just in case I get bored late one night. So my heart goes out to those who are about to lose Electronic Arts (EA) server access for some of your favorite games.

Turns out, EA is also shutting down servers for 2009 titles, including the best-seller Madden NFL 09. It seems EA really wants to push the new 2010 games and decided that shutting down game servers will encourage players to purchase the new games, all while saving EA some resources. Fair enough, but EA is apparently so finished with the "old" games that I had a hard time trying to find an EA link for Madden NFL 09, yet I was able to find loads of information from EA on Madden NFL 10. Apparently, Madden NFL 10 has the "Ultimate Team."

Many of these games will still be playable on your local system -- what's mostly affected is that you'll no longer have access to playing with these older titles online with strangers. But for many gamers, the online content is important for game enjoyment. Kind of how I am disappointed that EA doesn't really create downloadable content for The Sims 2, even though that feature was central to the original marketing campaign, and something I had really looked forward to. I'm just glad EA doesn't run World of Warcraft.

Without further ado, here's the vital information, straight from EA Service Updates.

February 2, 2010 Online Service Shutdown

  • Facebreaker for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
  • Fantasy Football 09 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
  • FIFA 07 for PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2
  • Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation 2
  • March Madness 07 for Xbox 360
  • NBA LIVE 07 for PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360
  • NBA LIVE 08 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii
  • NBA LIVE 09 for Wii (Europe only)
  • NBA Street (2007) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • NCAA® Football for 08 PlayStation 2
  • NCAA® Football for 09 PlayStation 2
  • NASCAR® 08 for PlayStation 2
  • NASCAR® 09 for PlayStation 2
  • NASCAR® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (Europe Only)
  • NFL Tour for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • NHL® 07 for PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360
  • UEFA Champions League 07 for Xbox 360

February 9, 2010 Online Service Shutdown

  • FIFA 07 for PC
  • Madden 07 for Xbox 360
  • Madden 08 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii and Xbox 360
  • NHL® 08 for PC
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 07 for PC
  • UEFA Champions LeagueTM 07 for PC

April 6, 2010 Online Service Shutdown

  • Madden 09 for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360

So take a day off work (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up), and enjoy your favorite online content while you still can. As for me, I'm considering giving up The Sims 2 and moving into the new decade with The Sims 3; EA is still supporting it.


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Jeez - even Blizzard bought back revamped versions of Starcraft and warcraft Battle net editions so that people could still play them online


On October 2, 2000, America Online did away with the RJs bingo parlors and sold the bingo games to Electronic Arts. It was done with no advance notice whatsoever. Shortly after that, I quit my AOL subscription. I have not purchased an Electronic Arts product since that time.


I've been buying the Madden series every year since 1997.. up until this year. There are only minor additions to the game added every year, but there are some things in the game that have been awful for the last decade that they've not made major improvement on.. so this year I decided to skip out on the Madden party. I'm content with NCAA 10.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

Save money ...future P2P connections in games instead.


the original Halo online. I am not sure what EA's logic is in doing this but I imagine they know what they are doing.


Heck the trade in value of any sports game drops to almost nil the second next years game is announced.

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