It seems older (and legendary if we might add) versions of the Need for Speed games are disappearing from the Internet. Electronic Arts (EA) has been shutting down the servers for many of the games, and removing them from its stores. “Decisions to retire games are never made easy, but we are now shifting gears to focus on the future of Need for Speed. The development teams and operational staff have put a lot of time and passion into the development, creation, release and upkeep of the game over the years, and we love to see you play,” the company said in a post on the NFS subreddit. “But the number of players has come to a point where it’s no longer feasible to continue the work behind the scenes required to keep Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run up and running,” the company added.
So, as you can see, this seems to be the end of the line for Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2 and Need for Speed The Run. We’d guess NFS Carbon will probably have the most fans amongst these games, and it’s surprising that the company isn’t pulling the plug on NFS Most Wanted yet. Perhaps the game has just too many fans for EA to shut it down just yet. The servers for the games mentioned above will be shut down from August 31.
The full list of games that will be shut down include:
- Need for Speed: Carbon
- Need for Speed: Undercover
- Need for Speed: Shift
- Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed
- Need for Speed: The Run
“Starting May 31st 2021, Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run will be removed from digital storefronts and you will no longer be able to purchase them,” the company said in its post. “In-game stores will also be closed from May 31st. This is in preparation for the retirement of the online services for these titles which will happen on August 31st 2021,” it added. You will be able to play the games as usual till then, and only offline features will be available from September 1.