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EA to Close a Handful of Free-to-Play Titles

EA are pulling the plug on a handful of free-to-play spin-off titles due to lack of interest

A number of free-to-play titles from EA will be having their plugs pulled in 90 days, EA has confirmed, putting an end to four free-to-play titles based on some of the publishers biggest titles. Need for Speed: World, Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, and FIFA World will all be coming to an end in three months time, with development on the games already ending. The only two titles to remain will be Star Wars: The Old Republic and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances.

The reason for this closer seems to be due to lack of interest as user numbers declined year-on-year.

“In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically,” said Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Games, in a statement. “These were pioneering experiences, and we’re humbled that, over the years, so many of you joined us to enjoy the games and the community.”

The only two PC games remaining are The Old Republic and Tiberium Alliances with the former showing a “very enthusiastic and growing player community,” explained Soderlund.

Battlefield Heroes has now announced that the game will be ending on July 17, with all new player accounts being closed. Players can also no longer buy Play4Free Funds, and no refunds are being offered to those who have Funds left over.