Electronic Arts Inc. popularly known as EA is the 2nd largest video game company in America and Europe by revenue. The Need for Speed racing game published by the company is a popular video game in-home game computer industry and it is presently developed by Criterion Games. The first series in the Need for Speed game got published in 1994.
Recently, the company announced that it would remove 5 older series of Need for Speed games from its online stores. The games which have been removed from the online storefront on 31st May 2021 are Need for Speed Carbon, Shift, and Shift 2: Unleashed Undercover, and The Run. At present, online services are operational and they will get retired on 31st August 2021.
Max Joker, community manager of EA through his Reddit account declared that from May 31st, 2021 onwards the company would remove 5 game series of the Need for Speed franchise and they would be no longer available for purchase. Also, the company would close its In-game stores on 31st May.
Max Joker also explained the reasons for the removal of the titles. The company needs to focus on the future of the Need for Speed games. He said that the development groups and operational staff have taken great effort and time for the evolution, formation, launch, and maintenance of the game over the years and the company was interested to see users play it. But there is a reduction in players for the game and reached a point where it is not feasible to keep the games running.
The oldest game series in the Need for Speed franchise is Carbon which was launched in the year 2006. In the year 2008, Need for Speed Undercover was introduced, subsequently, the company launched Need for Speed: Shift in 2009 and Shift 2: in the year 2011. The game series introduced at the end of the year 2011, Need for Speed: The Run is the latest game on the list. The company will now focus on the upcoming series of Need for Speed franchise games and thus removes the older titles.
The newest popular game under the Need for Speed franchise is Heat, launched in the year 2019 and is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (PS4), and Windows. A new series of auto street games is expected to be released in 2022.