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author: Jacob Blazewicz

Some Need for Speed Games Are Pulled From Digital Stores Today. Forever

Today, 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 pulled from digital distribution. EA also plans to end online support for all of these games after the holidays.

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.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Passionate about video (and other) games for years, he completed an Mba in linguistics, defending a thesis about games. He began his adventure with Gamepressure in 2015, writing in the newsroom, later also covering film and – oh, horror! – technology (also contributor to the gaming encyclopedia). He started with platformers, which he still dearly loves (including metroidvania), but he's also interested in card games (including 'analog'), brawlers, soulslike games and basically every other type of game. Don't ask about the graphics – after a few hours of exposition, he can be delighted with pixelated characters from games that remember the days of the Game Boy age (if not older).


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