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Electronic Arts doesn’t care about MMA fans

(The most realistic Fedor orgasm face you’ll ever see in video games)

Bad news for all you EA MMA fans. Online servers for the game are going down in less than a month:

EA is shutting down servers for its 2011 MMA brawler, despite the game supporting an online pass. As detailed on EA’s official site, the game will be offline from 13th April, along with 10 others.

All new copies of the game were sold with a code that allowed free access to the game’s online features. However, those buying the game second hand had to pay for an online pass to unlock the content.

The move has unsurprisingly not had a warm welcome on the MMA title’s official forum.

“Wait, I am slightly confused because you went way out of the way to justify your “Online Pass” crap as being there to support the online servers (since those dirty second hand purchasers didn’t invest in supporting those servers),” wrote a poster named TheDarKnyht .

“Now you are telling me that you are going to shut down the online service for a game that started the joke that is your Online Pass service. So please explain to me exactly how was the Online Pass not nothing more than a money grab? And exactly how are you justifying shutting these servers down again? BTW, haven’t you ever heard of something called a virtual server? If these games only make up 1 per cent of online activity just shove them on a virtual server and be done with it.”

I love it when news articles quote random gamers with stupid internet handles. While TheDarKnyht makes good points, I wanna hear from FedorzNutsaq and G3N1T4L M4YH3M on what they think of the situation. Get us some feedback from the twitters too, stat.

It certainly doesn’t make EA’s Online Pass ‘service’ look good. Taking a fighting game and turning off the online component is like taking half the gears out of your car. Reversing is kinda an important part of the overall driving experience. And people who still play EA MMA … well, they’re probably pretty lonely folks who can’t get people to come over and check out a real MMA event, let alone a virtual one.

It’s also nice to know that this is the likely future for many of the games we actually play and enjoy. EA MMA’s online component lasted a whopping 17 months, largely because the game was a mega-flop. But what other games are going to get shut down as EA decides to stop offering you the stuff they, y’know, promised you’d get when you bought the game / payed for an online pass?

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully says:

    An unsupported server sitting in a janitors closet is a better solution.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Peer-to-peer gaming should be a mandatory aspect to any of these 50-60-fucking-dollar games so financial problems for the publisher don’t end up fucking over players once they’ve given over their money.

  • dawgbone says:

    That’s pretty much par for the course for EA. They do the same thing with their Madden, NHL and other sports franchises.