Update (11.50pm GMT): Since we published this story earlier today, EA has revised its original statement, scrubbing any mention of Mirror’s Edge. We now assume that Mirror’s Edge will not be removed from stores, with only Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield Bad Company 1 and 2 being delisted in April. The original story, with revisions to remove mention of Mirror’s Edge, follows below.
Today, EA has announced that three of its games will be sunsetted, meaning you’ll no longer be able to buy them.
The affected games are Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield Bad Company 1 and 2. From 28th April, all games will be removed from digital storefronts, and you’ll no longer be able to purchase them. The online servers for the games will be deactivated on 8th December.
If you already own either Bad Company game, you’ll be able to continue playing their offline features, and their online features will continue to work until the servers are closed in December. For Battlefield 1943, however, it will become unplayable once its servers are closed down.
These are far from the first games to have their online servers shuttered by EA: an eye-wateringly long list can be found here. Keeping servers running is expensive, and once games reach a certain age (or their player counts become minimal) it doesn’t make sense to keep them running. In the case of these four games, they’re reaching their 15th anniversary.
If you don’t own Bad Company 1 and 2, now might be a good time to pick them up. You’ve got just over a month to make use of their online functionality, and their offline modes will remain playable indefinitely. If the games are already in your library, you won’t lose access to them.