It’s always sad when games go the way of the dodo. With the constant push for preservation of game titles and the shift to online-only marketplaces, this becomes harder every year. PC was the first to go, with new computers being shipped without optical drives. For most, it’s simply easier to download games straight to storage. Consoles have now gone this way as well, with the Xbox Series S having no disk drive at all. And now, considering that change, a new set of games by Electronic Arts are going to disappear into obscurity. Battlefield fans will want to move quickly before these games disappear for good.
Battlefield 1942 and Both Bad Company Titles To Be Delisted
The sad news comes from a statement on EA’s website:
“Starting April 28, 2023, Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 1 & 2 will be removed from digital storefronts and you will no longer be able to purchase them. This is in preparation for the retirement of the online services for these titles which will happen on December 8, 2023.”
While they’re going to delist these titles, single-player experiences like Bad Company and Bad Company 2 will still be playable. However, since Battlefield 1943 is a multiplayer-only title, it will become unplayable.
In a previous announcement, EA also mentioned that they were going to delist 2008’s Mirror’s Edge as well. However, it appears that decision has been reversed. The team originally stated:
“And while not a Battlefield title, many of us who work on Battlefield have also been part of the development of Mirror’s Edge. We look back fondly on Faith as an iconic character and her parkour-style gameplay.”
Since making that statement, it looks like they’ve changed their tune. This paragraph is no longer included in the newest statement from EA. This hopefully means that Mirror’s Edge, a single-player only title, will remain live.
While this is a sad state of affairs, many would argue it doesn’t make much sense for EA to take down these legacy titles. While perhaps Battlefield 1943‘s sunsetting makes sense, removing both Bad Company titles, including their single-player campaigns, feels a bit like a slap in the face to gamers.
The sad truth is that unless you own a physical copy of the game, or you already own it on a digital storefront, you’ll be unable to play these titles come April 28, 2023. If they’ve been on your radar before now, your time is running out.