The Sims 2 online features to shut down Jan. 14th

One of the most successful PC games of all time will soon have its online features shut down by its publisher. Electronic Arts has revealed that the online services of the PC and Mac ports of The Sims 2 will close on January 14th, along with TheSims2.com website.

The announcement was made via EA's Service Update website, which the company uses to give customers of its online-enabled games a heads up when the official support is shut down. A number of other EA games will end their online lives later this month, including the PC versions of FIFA Soccer 11 and FIFA Manager 11.

However, it's the end of online support for The Sims 2 that will likely affect the most people. Launched in 2004, the first sequel to the hit people sim game first created by Will Wright was an instant critical and sales hit. EA has sold a whopping 20 million copies of The Sims 2 since its launch on the PC platform. Eight expansion packs for The Sims 2 have been released since the original game launched.

Of course, EA will continue to provide online support for the current game in the series, the Sims 3, which launched in 2009. There's no word if EA has plans to continue the series with a new installment.

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Fid said,
What "online features" were there for The Sims 2?!

Updates, patches, the Store, community downloads, player pages with stories, etc.

It's not like EA's supported their own game better than fan-created sites.

It's also not like downloads from EA's own site provided any sort of guarantee that they would cause any less problems than downloads from fan creations.

That being said...I've played the crap out of Sims 2, but have quit cold turkey years ago.

I wonder what kind of "online features" they're talking about. The Sims 2 Store already shut down some time ago, and other than that, I can't remember any online features in this series at all.

And this is why people are angry about the upcoming SimCity being online-only. You can't trust EA with online services.

Perfect72 said,
And this is why people are angry about the upcoming SimCity being online-only. You can't trust EA with online services.

Considering how little it'll likely impact Sims 2 players, I'm not sure there's really anything to say. You'll still be able to play the game with whatever expansions you like I'm guessing.

Hell, I don't even remember the game having any online services except for the Store Edition thing.

Weissmeister said,
You're right. I guess we could trust no one except Blizzard with their Battle.net.

I don't trust them either...

thealexweb said,
Thats a bit of a shame. For me The Sims series went downhill with The Sims 3 so I stuck with The Sims 2.

For most people, they wouldn't mind moving to sims 3 now as a lot of the early issues have been fixed.
However... even if Sims 3 was perfect without any bugs, it's lacking the online function that Sims2 provided, so EA are pretty much removing a feature without giving an alternative.
Or am I missing something here?

My complaint is they've stopped focused it on being a real life sim are focusing it more on it being a doll house sim. Added to that you have heavy content directed around being vampires, fairies, etc., that are hard to turn off in the game. So its like they're marketing the game to teenage girls who are into that stuff.

I would like a vice system in the game, where you can get addicted to things, ie. alcoholic beverages that actually get you drunk, parenting playing a large role in shaping your kid's behavior about sex, etc.

thealexweb said,
Thats a bit of a shame. For me The Sims series went downhill with The Sims 3 so I stuck with The Sims 2.

tbh i still think the sims 1 was the best sims game