Every year the same thing happens, unfortunately. A company announces a series of video games that are going to be removed from digital stores. And now it’s EA’s turn with five Need for Speed games. The bad thing is that it has been out of the blue.
Usually there is advance notice, but in this case the notice from Reddit by its Community Manager has not given cause to buy them before their withdrawal, since the same notice was accompanied by the news of their immediate withdrawal.
Since the last hour of last May 31, 2021, Electronic Arts removed all possibility of buying these deliveries from the digital stores of PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. And no, there is no Need for Speed backwards compatible, sadly.
- Need for Speed Carbon
- Need for Speed Undercover
- Need for Speed Shift
- Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed
- Need for Speed: The Run
At this hour, only the Need for Speed Undercover tab remains active on Xbox Live, where it can still be purchased for $19.99. But it’s only a matter of time before it disappears, just like the others. Of course, in-game purchases for all of them have also been removed. And this has its reason: the next thing will be the closure of the servers on August 31, losing their online modes.
The company’s argument, although not a good one, is that this will allow them to focus on the future of Need for Speed. Apparently the current number of people who still played online to those games of previous generations was not something feasible in order to maintain their servers, hence the decision … even if that entails the withdrawal of the games from digital stores. At least EA reassures that Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Need for Speed Rivals, Need for Speed (2015), Need for Speed Payback, Need for Speed Heat or the recent Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered are not affected by this decision.