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EA's Moore: We'll Never Ship An Offline Video Game Again

A game that doesn't include an online offering of some sort? Who ever heard of such a thing?

The world's biggest video game publishers know just how important multiplayer is these days, and Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has made that plain as day. In speaking to Engadget during last week's Gamescom event, Moore said his company will not ship a game that is only offline. Times have changed and that's that.

"We're seeing more and more of the online experience being part-and-parcel of every game. We don't ship a game at EA that is offline...just doesn't happen."

He added that free-to-play options are headed to every major EA franchise in the future, and that has proven to be a very popular business model. As for the focus on online components, Moore said gamers today want to be connected for a number of reasons, including checking on the scores and accomplishments of their friends. That's in addition to playing cooperatively or competitively online, of course.

There was something relaxing about not being connected, but maybe that's just me. I'm old, after all.

Tags: ea, electronic arts, ea games, multiplayer gaming

8/26/2013 9:34:35 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (29 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:18:03 PM
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I don't care if they want to have some kind of online crap as long as it isn't required and doesn't affect the story. I'd also their games stop freezing up for 5 minutes at a time while they search for EA servers that aren't there. Free 2 play? Taking Microsoft's dirty money? I think EA is well on their way to being the next generation's worst company again.

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Ather
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:35:51 PM
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Fine with me as long as I can still play it offline (single player, that is). If not, more money to spend elsewhere.

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Jawknee
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:48:10 PM
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I was going to blast EA for this by pointing out great games like Pikmin 3 don't offer online experiences but then I remembered the Miiverse connectivity. =P

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Akuma07
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 10:55:53 PM
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ahaha.

Oh EA, you truly are the worlds worst company.

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EndZero
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:08:58 PM
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Shadows of the Damned and Alice: MR were some of the best games to come from EA in the past few years. Also really enjoyed the campaign to Medal of Honor but I didn't need to be online for that either.

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cLoudou
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:11:38 PM
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They need to be online to stream those ads.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:25:09 PM
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He's absolutely right! I mean, Dead Space 3 had multiplayer and micro-transactions and had much higher review scores and sold more than the previous.... oh, wait.

Ok, Mass Effect 3 had an awesome multiplayer component that was FAR more popular than the single player cam... wait....

Ummm... Oooh!! Got it!!

Sim City with online requirements.... no, that wasn't popular...

Oh! The Sims!! Wait, the online is pretty basic, and it can still be played offline.

Ah ha!! FIFA!! Dream Team, online multiplayer, micro-transactions for add-on kits not affecting gameplay, it fits perfectly!

Okay, so if EA is talking about their EA Sports games, then yeah, online, micro-transactions and free to play models work Perfectly!

As for everything else, EA had better keep that online micro transaction sh** away from the action, shooter, horror, racing and story-driven games many of us still love!!

By the way EA, Grand Theft Auto, The Elder Scrolls, God of War, Uncharted and Super Mario Galaxy have sold more than ANY of your games. Is it because of online features and micro-transactions?

Keep digging that shallow grave EA. Shutting down servers after just 3 or 4 years means I won't waste my money buying your compulsory yearly instalments. I buy games that give me the most value for money, and EA charges more for less than any other company. Shame the sheep who splash the cash on your stuff don't know any better, but us core gamers know your game, and we despise you for it.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 11:53:20 PM

I heard my buddy spent $500+ on FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM. Ouch...

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Limbo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:12:21 AM

I used to work at Xbox customer support and got calls from parents whose kids had spent an unholy amount of money with their parents credit card on Ultimate Team.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:25:00 AM
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Oh how I miss 1999.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:15:04 AM

Why was it better than 1998? ;)

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LividFiction
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:37:26 AM

Because Prince wrote a song about 1999, not 1998.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:44:26 AM

That's when I graduated high school :)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 5:48:35 PM

I graduated in 2000 :)

1999 was when online gaming was magical to me. It was still rather new and there were still plenty of SP games without tacked on MP.

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Deleted User
Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 9:55:41 PM

I miss 2014.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:03:12 AM
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yeah um no EA there are some of us young and old(er) me and my brothers included that cudn't careless about online unless it's relevant yeah i said relevant you don't need online rachet and clank classic example but hey maybe i'm just part of the older gen that grew up ps1 ps2 mostly ps2 for me and didn't need online and am old fashioned i like story games with odd bit of online multi BF4 and destiny probs the only ones so far and maybe kz:sf most of my ps3 games are offline single player so yeah call me old fashioned i don't care i like wat like u'd have to argue me the other way


happy gaming =)

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kraygen
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 1:20:33 AM
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And it's thinking like that that keeps EA games from being in a list of my favorite games. I game for fun, not to listen to people cuss like sailors.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 2:34:48 AM
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As long as it makes sense and doesn't take away from the main campaign, I'm sure I don't care. But seriously, EA, just make good games and I'll buy 'em.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:45:11 AM

Still worrisome as Mass Effect 3's online did affect the single player.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 3:56:39 AM
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This is almost a #dealwithit level statement. No wonder EA have aligned with MS so strongly this generation. It must have caused them whiplash with MS 180 on the XB1 online requirements.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:11:59 AM
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Good - that potentially means more coop modes in the upcoming games. :)

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___________
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 5:41:21 AM
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isent it funny how the PR people these days are actually the people who are making idiotic statements like this and pissing their fans off!
not very good public relations people at all.........

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Huey
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 7:55:43 AM
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EA would have been better served to say they wouldn't release a game that couldn't connect if the customer so chooses.

Are you guys back on this age thing again? I got a birthday coming up on the 2nd. 58 doesn't feel so bad!!

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:20:43 AM
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Congrats EA! On your way to becoming the worst company again.

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firesoul453
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 11:06:06 AM
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its their money they are wasting not mine

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wackazoa
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 2:35:31 PM
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Im might be mistaken but didnt Peter Moore resign ?????

Anyhow, these big publishing CEO's keep making statements of the obvious. With every new console/PC/handheld having internet access, and with the prevailence of reliable internet providers across the country/countries, of course new games are going that direction.

Now I think this doesnt bode well for handheld devices, EA with its vast network of developer could very well support portables by themselves, but whatever. It would be nice to see more polished games for Vita and so forth.

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 3:05:58 PM
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I don't see how this is actually news. Frank Gibeau said months ago that he hadn't greenlit a purely single-player game in years.

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Draguss
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 8:25:49 PM
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I agree with Ben. Does that mean 20 is considered old too now?

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Amnesiac
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 9:06:39 PM
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wait... is this good or bad news
I just don't know anymore
I've hated EA for so long now
I can't tell when they're actually
doing something right

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