EA Won't Be Making Games For Offline Loners Anymore

If you're the type of gamer to shun online interactivity and retreat into your own little video gaming world when you play, you won't like what EA Games' boss Frank Gibeau has to say.

Chatting with trade site Develop, Gibeau says "I volunteer you to speak to EA's studio heads; they'll tell you the same thing. They're very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online services – as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours-and you're out. I think that model is finished."

"Online is where the innovation, and the action, is at".

OK, so "online services" probably just means "downloadable content", ala what we've seen with Mass Effect 2, but as someone who shuns online play unless required by my job, the rest of what he says just breaks my heart. Not everybody plays games for competition, or sport, or interaction. There are many who play games as a form of escape, a peaceful way to enjoy some time alone, so talk of moving away from games specifically engineered for solo play sounds like poison to my ears.

Here's hoping not every publisher feels as EA does. So long as there are gamers who prefer to play alone, there's a market to cater for!

EA's leap of faith [Develop]


    R.I.P. Single player...

      Surley there will always be a market for the likes of me - poor saps without decent internet whose speeds or quota basically limit them to sp?

      Unless the NBN comes to my town, in which case: "bye bye sp, helo mp!!"

        And it will be good. Until you know, you run into 'those' kinds of other players.

    EA don't make us hate you again... there is a HUGE market for games that are single player!

    They better not turn my Mass Effect 3 into a multiplayer game full of shit.

    I doubt Bioware would actually go down this route but it is still quite worrying.

      Completely agree Matt. If ME3 gets screwed over because EA wants Bioware to tack on a Multiplayer component they are going to be absolutely flooded with complaints. Maybe they need that, cause this is just stupid. Some of the greatest games ever have been single player only. Look at the Marios, Zeldas, Metal Gear Solids, God of Wars... all single player only and some of the most critically and financially successful games of all time

        There was an article I read quite a while ago that Bioware was looking for programmers to specialise in multiplayer components and unless someone found out why that is, I think it might be safe to assume that EA has already done that and asked Bioware to add MP... Sorry.

          I read that too, and I'm really hoping its just for the supposed multiplayer spin-off/side story game that Bioware are announcing at the VGA's this week. I suppose if its done right, then it won't be all bad, but to me the Mass Effect games have always been about story and single player first. I just don't want to see a great series ruined and forgotten because EA thinks that multiplayer in every game is the way of the future

    Too bad if like you don't have decent broadband. Come on NBN :)

    This is all well and good if they have servers located in many different continents. Otherwise this sounds like "we are going to cater for US people only from now on." I mean, its ok with some games (I find WoW acceptable - just.) but lag is a huge problem for non US people playing on servers located in the US. I hope this doesn't go the way of the Lego MMO which is not avaiable to australians or people in other more distant nations.

    I'm all for more connected gaming, but only if it doesn't take away from the single player experience like in Demon's Souls.

    Keep in mind that ME:2 relies heavily on being connected. You -can- play it offline, no doubt, but you do benefit from a lot of small DLC by being on the network. There's lots of good reasons for a publisher to do that, and it has quite a bit to do with money.

    But I don't believe for a second that the 25 hours and you're done is over. Not at all. No more than the side-scrolling 2D platformer is done, it may just be different people making them in the next 5-10 years. When the Indie scene incorporates more Unity or Unreal type dev engines and fewer Flash-style games things will change again :)

    I recently replayed Mirror's Edge so i could just enjoy a game in peace and escape the D-baggery of people in online games.

    It's easier to prevent pirating of games when they're online :(

    Dear EA, if you want my money, you'll have to sell me a singleplayer game. Multiplayer holds no appeal to me.

    EA is now moving into film and bring the bring the new model.
    "No longer will people be forced to sit alone at home a watch a film with only their own thoughts. I think that model is finished" Gibeau says "Now with a fully connected system people from around the world will be able to inform during the film what else the lead actor has been in, how certain scense were stolen from an arthouse film, laugh hysterically at dick jokes and explain that while the love interest is hot, she isn't as easy as you mum."

      ...and you will be unable to watch a film unless you are connected with other people doing some or all of the above.

    Needs more/better offline multiplayer.

      The best multiplayer experience is when you are sitting withing punching range of oneanother.

    "25 hours"? The average game length is more like 10 hours since they realized they could sell us half the game now and the other half through DLC and make twice the profit.

    “Online is where the innovation, and the action, is at”

    Except by "innovation" I mean "money", and by "action" I mean... money.

    The revolution of online gaming these days ==
    Sometimes just some good old single player can do the trick to kill time :)

    I think it's sad if a publisher the perceived size of EA (have they shrunk?) doesn't have the confidence it can make single player games as successful as Elder scrolls or Bioware's games.

    Which is ridiculous, since they DO handle Bioware, so maybe the sad thing is EA brass perhaps thinking that any success below Call of Duty or World of Warcraft is not worth having. Good luck to them if they've really come to such a profoundly dim conclusion.

    Single player experience is far from dead. The only reason we have a multiplayer platform, and online gaming, is because it's an evolution of single player games! That's like saying:

    "The days of reading a book are over. Who wants to turn pages anymore from a thing that is made from a tree? No, it's only going to be interactive movies in 3D from now on."

    I am all for technology, but things such as a STORY, and experiencing that story through playing a character, are not dead. It's not good enough to just throw a bunch of people in a map with no purpose other than to kill each other, or to do mindless repetitive quests, and then think that is the ONLY future for gaming!

    ...some people just say the dumbest things ever. Trust EA - only wanting to ditch the single player experience because it's not making them money in subscriptions.

    God dam, I really didn't think I could hate EA anymore then I already do... guess I was wrong!

    Single player is FAR from dead. I've got each console, and I play online regularly, but even so, most of my game time goes to singpleplayer, as I enjoy that way more the MP. And that will always be the case

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