EA plans to pull online functionality for a number of Xbox 360 games and services on 11th January, including FIFA 11 and FIFA 11 Ultimate Team. Say goodbye to your pre-Impact-Physics football, gentlemen.
"The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy," the publisher wrote in a statement. "The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired.
"But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level -- fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles -- where it's no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.
"We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage."
Here's the complete list of Xbox games affected. Are you included in that one per cent?
January 11, 2013 -- Online Services Shutdown
FIFA Soccer 11 for PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 for PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA JAM for PS3 & Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 10 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NCAA Football 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
NHL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360