Today EA has announced that they will be shutting down the online servers for Fight Night Round 4 after the game was active for 11 years.
The fourth entry to EA's boxing series, and originally released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2009, Fight Night Round 4 has finally hit few enough players for EA to look at the game and decide that it needs to be put down. That's a rather impressive run for a game, all things be told. It's just a shame that there aren't many boxing games to replace it right now.
Players logging into the game recently have been met with the following message:
After eleven years of an incredible online community, the daily active player base in Fight Night Round 4 has reached a very low number and we can no longer ensure a quality online experience. As of March 9, 2020, the Fight Night Round 4 servers will be retired.
After this date, you’ll still be able to play all offline modes on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Thanks for your continued support.
The game was followed up in 2011 with Fight Night Champion. After that EA put the series on hold, despite the high critical praise that Champion received, saying they wanted to focus on their EA Sports UFC series. While it's nice they're sticking to realistic sports fighting games, the lack of boxing is felt. Still, one day we may see a return to the Fight Night series. Maybe that's where the new servers can be directed to? One can dream.
Fight Night Round 4 is currently available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
How do you feel about this news? Any fond memories of Fight Night Round 4? Still playing the online mode? Let us know in the comments below!