EA has updated their list of game servers to shut down in April and March. The first servers to go are on March 31st and include Battlefield 3: Aftershock for the IPhone and IPad and Fantasi Safari for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The next servers will be taken down on April 13th include at least 11 games, including Need for Speed Pro Street and The Godfather 2. According to their website, EA is simply trying to move its focus and IT support to newer games with high populations of people playing.
[W]here 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.
Its always good to know that the popular online games are being looked after and worked on, but for all the players looking for nostalgia this will only hurt them. It seems necessary to do this for the sake of future games and to help make a happy fan base playing the new games, its just too bad other games have reached the end of their online play.