EA Sports has just announced plans to shutdown the servers of Fight Night Round 4, released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2009, in March of next year. In an email update, EA Sports told players that the servers were down due to the game’s player base, which has nearly shrunk, as you would expect from a next generation boxing game ten years ago.
You can take a look at EA’s full statement on why they’re pulling the servers for Fight Night Round 4 below. Even if no one knew it at the time, Fight Night Round 4 ended up being the penultimate boxing game of EA Sports, as they only released one other game in the franchise after 2009. EA Sports To Close Online Servers For Fight Night Round 4 In March Of Next Year In the above statement, EA said nothing about the online servers of Fight Night Champion, which was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011, which is surprising, since it’s likely the game will also a shrinking player base.
Since coming back in 2011, fans have asked EA to make another boxing game, but there have been a ton of issues that have prevented that. But, in the past few months, there have been reports that suggest EA is considering bringing the franchise back.
Right now, EA’s only thriving sports franchise is the Madden NFL series. Sure, they also have UFC games, but those aren’t as well regarded, and fans would likely be happy if the developers replaced the MMA-based game with the return of the Fight Night franchise.
2019 has been a great year for pro boxing, so this is the perfect time for EA to bring back Fight Night. So we’ll see what the company ends up doing in 2020, but most would likely be happy if they gave up their NBA Live franchise completely in favor of a new boxing game.