The upcoming showcases accomapnying the E3 2021 could bring a lot of novelties, including the announcement of a new installment of the Need for Speed series. Unfortunately, for now, fans have received much less joyful news. Need for Speed Carbon (de facto unavailable for a long time), Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run will soon disappear from digital distribution. EA will also block in-game purchases for these titles. All this to prepare the players for another important change. On August 31, the publisher will end support for network services for older installments of the Need for Speed series. In other words, from September 1, we will no longer be able to compete in online multiplayer mode in any of these games.
Electronic Arts justifies the decision (via Reddit) with the desire to focus on the future of the series and the small number of gamers playing these installments. As a result, keeping the older parts of NFS up and running is simply not profitable. EA has also stressed that it will continue to support newer games in the series, from 2012's Most Wanted upwards. At least for now.