In what is becoming an alarming trend lately, Electronic Arts is once again shutting down the servers for a number of their games. Previously, this meant that these games would live a multiplayer-less life, but on this latest list there are a handful of titles that require a paid online pass to activate. EA has revealed that the reason for the shutdown was that “less than 1%” of EA customers will be affected by this latest action.
The following games will go dark on April 13:
- BOOM BLOX Bash Party
- Burnout Revenge
- EA Create
- EA Sports Active
- EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp
- FIFA 10
- The Godfather II
- Need for Speed ProStreet
- The Saboteur (Midnight Club access)
- Spare Parts
As well, EA will be shutting down online services on March 31 for the following iPhone games:
- Battlefield 3: Aftershock
- Fantasi Safari
- Ghost Harvest
The most shocking title being affected by this latest server shutdown is Burnout Revenge. The classic racing title will hopefully live on through its single-player modes, but things will never be the same again.
Despite the impending launch of Blizzard’s Diablo 3 on May 15, Runic Games is standing strong with their development of Torchlight 2. Originally planning a release before Blizzard’s monster action-RPG, severe delays have put Torchlight 2 in a bad place.
“We know a lot of you are worried about us. We’ve heard what you’re saying, and sure we’ve had similar discussions,” said a note on the Torchlight 2 site. “But we began making the first Torchlight in 2008 when development on Diablo 3 was already underway. We didn’t let that be a reason that we couldn’t make an RPG.”
“There will be unforeseen challenges along the way, no matter what business you’re in. We’ve chosen to stay small with a total team of 32. We’re pretty sure that we want this game out more than anyone (not just so that we can resume a normal sleep schedule!) — but we are going to do it right. That’s our commitment to you, and to ourselves.”
Torchlight 2 does not currently have a specific release date, but we can expect it sometime before the end of 2012.
Gaijin Games has confirmed that the release of the latest in the Bit.Trip series Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien has been delayed to November. Originally set for release in “early 2012″, Gaijin Games artist Mike Roush told Eurogamer that “We’re close to half-way.”
Roush also revealed that the developer plans to bring their latest to the Wii U. “Everyone at Gaijin is a Nintendo fanboy,” Roush revealed, “so we will most likely continue that relationship in the future.” Roush also added that “We’ll make one game and cross-platform it to the best of our ability.”
Sega has announced that the recently console-exclusive release of Binary Domain will also be making its way to the PC. The publisher has cited fan reaction as the reason for the PC release.
“As well as the excitement generated by Binary Domain in the console press we were seeing increasing numbers of players asking for a PC version,” said Sega marketing boss Gary Knight. “So we listened and we delivered.”
No specific release date has been given, but we can expect to see it sometime in April. The PC version will have both a digital and retail release.