In a bizarre turn of events, Electronic Arts have announced that they plan to remove FIFA 14 from the EA Access Vault on October 18th 2017, the same date that online service for the game will be discontinued.
In an official statement from EA, they have cited a “unique circumstance” as the reason why this game will be removed, but haven’t gone into details. A spokesman gave the following statement to GameSpot: “FIFA 14 is being removed from the Vault due to a unique circumstance specific to the title. It does not indicate a change in our priorities for the EA Access and Origin Access Vaults, which continues to be on providing a varied selection of great games for our players, with new titles added regularly.”
Back during the initial announcement of EA Access, then-COO Peter Moore said that EA committed to retaining games in the Vault, so it’s possible that this unique circumstance is one that leaves EA on shaky legal ground. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 was delisted from digital stores when Capcom lost the license to produce Marvel games, so perhaps something similar has occurred here. Perhaps we’ll never know for sure.
Though FIFA 14’s delisting is mitigated massively by more recent versions of FIFA still being available, there is a worry that this is the start of a slippery slope. EA Access players who have already downloaded the game before October 18th will still be able to play the game offline, but if you delete the game then you won’t be able to re-download it. What are your thoughts on this “unique circumstance”? Sound off in the comments below!