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Electronics Arts, the world’s top developer and publisher of video games and one of the most prolific makers of mobile games for the iPhone and iPad, has quietly removed a bunch of classic iOS titles from both the App Store and Google’s Play store.

As first reported by TouchArcade, hit games such as the original Real Racing, Need for Speed Shift, Flight Control, Mass Effect: Infiltrator and many more can no longer be purchased in the App Store, nor will they be supported going forward.

“As of today, we are no longer developing several of EA’s older mobile game titles,“ confirmed EA.

Here’s the full list of removed games:

  • Bejeweled 2
  • Burnout Crash!
  • Dead Space
  • Don’t Fall Off
  • Flight Control
  • Flight Control Rocket
  • Fly With Me
  • Lemonade Tycoon
  • Mass Effect: Infiltrator
  • MMA by EA Sports
  • Need for Speed Shift
  • Real Racing
  • Sims Medieval by EA
  • Skate It by EA
  • Spore Creatures
  • Spore Origins
  • SPY Mouse

People who have purchased one or more of these games needn’t worry as their purchases will continue to be available for re-downloading on other devices through the App Store’s Purchased tab, as shown below.

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The company explained in a support document posted to its website that it’s decided to remove these titles in order to focus its energies on “developing new and exciting titles, as well as bringing new content and updates to existing popular games.”

The removed games will no longer be supported or updated.

Fortunately, as long as you have the game on your mobile device “you should be able to continue playing normally,” said EA.

Pictured top of post: Mass Effect: Infiltrator

Source: Electronic Arts via TouchArcade

  • Saulo Benigno

    Flight Control? Really?

    I remember that this game was one of the first on iPhone, like Angry Birds… but apparently it’s gone now… nobody talks about it. Even the sequel.

    What they did wrong?

    • What they did wrong?

      They decided to focus their attention on freemium rubbish instead of producing good, quality premium games that people are willing to pay for and enjoy playing.

      • Marcus Nunez

        The problem is that the new os on the iPhone prevents anyone from playing any of the old titles until they create & upgrade the old version to a 64 bit platform. As soon as you do an os update- the games no longer launch. I paid hard money for these apps & the phone states that I must contact the app creator to get the new version. Huge disappointment with Apple and all the million dollar companies that cashed in and are now hiding their responsibilities to keep their apps updated. A Pirate I must become because I’m not falling for this treatment again.

    • Kristen

      I remember my friend showing me Flight Control on his first gen iPad. One of the first iPad games I had ever seen! Aww, nostalgia…

  • JoshuaHulgan

    Glad I got Dead Space when I did couple years ago. Great little mobile version.

  • nvog

    Real Racing, Mass Effect, Flight Control, Dead Space ????

    Huge titles, honest purchases, no need for freemium bloodsucking.

    Day after day, companies reveal their true purpose… no, it’s not entertainment…. it’s only flow of profit they aim to.

    • Dan

      I actually enjoyed those games back in the day,

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    “developing new and exciting titles, as well as bringing new content and updates to existing popular games.”

    And how does removing existing games, that have been on the App Store for years and brought nothing but good ratings and millions of downloads help you accomplish that EA?

    • Manuel Molina

      Exactly. It’s just bull shit. They had a reason that they aren’t saying, but EA is a crappy company. They are not about making great games or about the fans, they are about money. And that’s not what video games should be entirely about.

  • iByron

    I can see why Bejeweled 2 is gone. Bejeweled and Bejeweled Blitz both remain as offerings by PopCap, which probably has the main development license at this point.

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    I didn’t knew that Burnout Crash! on the AppStore 🙁

  • Spy Mouse and Mass Effect, REALLY EA??

  • TechToch

    Nooo !!

    spy mouse is really nice