With Peter Moore’s battle cry still in all of our minds, EA has announced that some of Playfish and Maxis’ social efforts are getting the boot.
Today, the publisher announced that the Facebook games The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society are all getting axed on June 14. Thankfully, EA didn’t give some vague reason behind the games going offline:
“After millions of people initially logged in to play these games, the number of players and amount of activity has fallen off. For people who have seen other recent shutdowns of social games, perhaps this is not surprising.”
EA’s social network games aren’t going, though. Plants Vs Zombies Adventures is still on the horizon and other PopCap titles Bejeweled Blitz and Solitaire Blitz will still be supported.
FAQs are available for concerned The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society players, but here is where it turns dark, again. And, you can replace “SimCash” and “The Sims Social” for either of the other two game names/currency.
What if I have an existing balance of SimCash in The Sims Social on Facebook?
Players are encouraged to spend their remaining balance of SimCash in The Sims Social before the game is retired on June 14th. As of that date, any remaining SimCash left in the game will be invalid.
What if I have a Playfish cash card I have not redeemed?
Players are encouraged to redeem and spend their Playfish cash cards before the game is retired on June 14th. After that date, you will need to contact customer service regarding your Playfish cash cards.
Of course, they don’t outright say that money will not be refunded as customer service is mentioned, but reading between the lines, users only have two months to spend their outstanding balance on a game that they know is being cancelled. I hope there’s something in place here for people to get their real-life cash back, otherwise Peter Moore’s battle cry of “We Can Do Better” looks flimsy, already.
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