What does it mean when a man in Peter Moore’s position says EA no longer makes ‘offline’ games? Does that mean all EA’s games will require an always online connection? Does it mean all games will have multiplayer? Or does it simply mean the game will feature some sort of online connectivity? It’s an easy thing to confuse, which is why EA’s CEO Peter Moore took to his blog to clarify a few things.
Earlier this week Moore had stated that EA no longer makes offline games and, as you might expect, there was a reaction and that reaction wasn’t always positive. Some worried it might be in reference to a Sim City style ‘always-on’ situation, which was a complete debacle for EA last time it attempted it.
But according to Moore, a game being ‘online’ merely means it has some sort of online feature.
Today, most games are “online” in some way, shape or form. Many games connect in online multiplayer modes; others include online services which allow for periodic content updates, sharing stats or achievements or connecting with friends; and others are games downloaded through digital delivery methods like Origin or the App Store. The reality is, the Internet and social connectivity touches every one of our titles today – and has for several years.
What that does NOT mean is that every game we ship will require an online connection. Many, if not most, of our games include single-player, offline modes that you can play entirely without an Internet connection, if you so choose. We know that’s something many of our players want, and we will continue to deliver it.
Peter Moore also wanted to clarify another rumour springing from his interviews: that EA was planning to integrate more free-to-play options in its biggest franchises. Again, claims Moore, this was misconstrued.
I also see confusion about our plans for free-to-play games. Many of our most popular franchises for PCs and mobile – including Battlefield, Need for Speed, FIFA, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Plants vs. Zombies and now Madden NFL, to name a few – already offer free-to-play experiences. Command & Conquer is another exciting new free-to-play game coming online later this year. However, NOT ALL of EA’s games will offer a free-to-play mode. We will continue to explore new free-to-play experiences for our franchises when we believe there is gamer interest and a cool new game we can build. But of course we will continue to deliver award-winning core gaming experiences on ALL of these franchises.
So, EA: not making all its games ‘always on’ and not making all of its franchises ‘free-to-play’.