EA to shut down Need For Speed: Most Wanted servers, GameRanger claim it is "Still quite popular"
EA have announced plans to shut down servers for some of its online games in August, reports thesixthaxis. Though 17 servers in total will be switched off the only PC servers facing closure are those for Need for Speed: Most Wanted and the Battlefield 2142 demo.
The publisher cited low player numbers as the reason for shutting the servers down, saying the games were played by "Fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles." GameRanger, whose service frequently provides a home for games without server support, disagreed.
“GameRanger added multiplayer support for Need for Speed: Most Wanted on April 7, in anticipation of these shutdowns. There are about 5,000 multiplayer games of NFS:MW played each day on GameRanger now,” said Scott Kevill, speaking to VG247. “There will be a thriving community waiting. This won’t help the console players, but will at least help the PC players given that Need For Speed: Most Wanted is still quite popular.”
GameRanger recently offered support for Codemaster's GRID after the publishers shut down their servers.