Electronic Arts (EA) has announced the upcoming removal of Battlefield 1943, Battlefield: Bad Company 1 & 2 from digital storefronts, as the company shifts its focus towards current and future Battlefield experiences. This move comes nearly 15 years after the games’ release, and fans of these classic titles will have to say goodbye as they make way for newer Battlefield games.
End of an Era
Starting April 28, 2023, Battlefield 1943, Battlefield: Bad Company 1 & 2 will be removed from digital storefronts, and players will no longer be able to purchase them. This decision comes in preparation for the retirement of online services for these titles on December 8, 2023. However, for Bad Company 1 & 2, players can continue enjoying offline features such as the single-player campaign.
EA has provided further information on the retirement of online services through their FAQ and Service Updates. The company expressed its gratitude for the amazing memories shared with players during the development and gaming sessions of these iconic titles.
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Battlefield 1943 was the third entry in the franchise available on consoles, taking players to World War II and allowing them to fight in the Pacific as the United States Marine Corps or the Imperial Japanese Navy. Exclusive to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the game introduced console players to the iconic Wake Island map.
Battlefield: Bad Company introduced the memorable characters Marlowe, Sweetwater, Redford, and Haggard, who went AWOL to pursue a personal quest. The game’s Gold Rush mode, now known as Rush, became a core mode in the Battlefield franchise. Bad Company marked the birth of the Frostbite engine and the chaotic multiplayer experience that has become a staple of the series.
Bad Company 2 brought the band back together for a riskier and more mysterious mission. The game was the first time PC players were introduced to the lovable military outcasts and saw improvements to the Frostbite engine.
As EA shifts its focus to current and future Battlefield experiences, fans bid farewell to these iconic titles. Battlefield 1943, Bad Company 1 & 2 have provided countless hours of entertainment and memorable moments for players worldwide. While it’s sad to see them go, the gaming community can look forward to new Battlefield adventures and the evolution of the franchise.