One of the biggest advantages of having to play your games online is the ability to play against anyone else from around the world. PC gaming has the distinct advantage of not having to adhere to the consoles for online support since those services depend on a particular console’s lifecycle, such as Xbox Live, Nintendo Wi-Fi, and (soon, if not now) PS2.
Since Gamespy announced its “retirement”, EA said that “due to technical challenges and concerns about the player experience, we do not have a solution at this time. Online services for EA games on the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June.”
While EA did not say that it will never bring online gaming back to these respective games, it is safe to assume, given their age, that EA will focus in on the newer ones. Older favorites such as Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Command & Conquer, and Star Wars: Battlefront II will also have online gaming shut down.
It would be hard to say goodbye, but one must acknowledge that as the newer games are getting the attention, it would be unfeasible for the older ones, even the favorites, to receive the same technical attention as before.
Thanks, older games, for the online memories!