Electronic Arts are laying some of the old NFS racing video games to rest. Starting May 31, Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed, and Need for Speed The Run will no longer be available to purchase.
EA announced the news on Reddit saying "Starting May 31st, 2021, Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run will be removed from digital storefronts and you will no longer be able to purchase them. In-game stores will also be closed from May 31st." Online modes for these titles are still playable but only till August 31. From September 1 onwards, players can play these games in offline mode.
The reason behind this decision, according to community manager Max_Joker is that "the number of players has come to a point where it's no longer feasible to continue the work behind the scenes required to keep Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run up and running."
Focusing on new racing games
EA was developing a new NFS game with the help of Criterion but it was delayed as they appointed Criterion to support EA Dice with the development of Battlefield 6. EA may currently be busy on the next battlefield title, but the company will be back with more racing video games. Earlier this year, EA acquired racing video games developer Codemasters, and following the acquisition, they plan on releasing a new racing game every year.
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