EA has warned Need for Speed fans that numerous titles in the popular racing franchise are being delisted from digital storefronts beginning today on May 31, 2021. They include Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed, and Need for Speed The Run. The online multiplayer of these games will also be shut down on August 31, 2021, but their single-player modes will be unaffected. EA justified the decision by suggesting that nobody really plays these games online anymore.
Decisions to retire games are never made easy, but we are now shifting gears to focus on the future of Need for Speed. The development teams and operational staff have put a lot of time and passion into the development, creation, release and upkeep of the game over the years, and we love to see you play. But the number of players has come to a point where it’s no longer feasible to continue the work behind the scenes […].