Mirror's Edge delisting an 'error' but multiple Battlefield games get the axe

Following outrage over Mirror’s Edge’s delisting, EA says it made an error and has no plans to remove it from sale.

Gamers are already grieving the eventual loss of the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS eShops, which will see hundreds of games vanish into the ether. Now, the same fate is set to befall a number of Battlefield games.

Yesterday evening, EA dropped the news that Battlefield 1943, Battlefield: Bad Company, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will all be delisted from digital stores.

Mirror’s Edge (the 2008 original, not the reboot from 2016) was also included but EA has since retracted this, saying that its delisting was ‘an error.’

The reason anything is being delisted is because the online servers for the Battlefield games are to be shut down on December 8.

It’s unclear why Mirror’s Edge was initially lumped in with them, since it’s not a Battlefield game (though it was made by Battlefield developer DICE) and is a single-player title with zero online multiplayer functionality.

It did initially have online leaderboards, where players could try to complete its parkour challenges as quickly as possible, but its online functionality was already shut down last October.

While delisting games and making them impossible to buy is understandable for games where the publisher no longer owns the licence, such as Activision’s X-Men and Transformers game, the only reason the Battlefield games are being delisted is because EA doesn’t want to pay for the servers any more. Essentially making it as if the games never existed.

‘While these titles hold a special place in our heart, we’re now looking forward to creating new memories alongside you as we shift our focus towards our current and future Battlefield experiences,’ says EA.

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