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EA To Embrace Online Multiplayer: "The Future Is Now"

Now that EA has proven themselves this generation with Dead Space, perhaps some PlayStation 3 owners are willing to forgive and forget last year's debacle. You know, Madden 08 running at 30fps and all that jazz...and if you are one of those good forgiving people, you might be more interested in EA's plans for the future.

Like most everyone, the publisher has realized they need to embrace the online multiplayer aspect of the industry as quickly as possible. According to the Videogaming247 blog, EA Games president Frank Gibeau stressed this fact:

"It is an absolute imperative for the company to go online as fast as possible, and the more projects we can do that have scale and quality the better. That’s where, frankly, the head and the heart of the company are, is trying to get online in a really powerful way."

This isn't really a surprise, especially after the super big unveiling of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the LucasArts-developed MMO, which EA is slated to publish. These days, if you don't have an online multiplayer option with your game, chances are, it won't sell as well as the single-player titles did in the past. Furthermore, the strict MMOs (that's Massively Multiplayer Online; no single-player option is available) are starting to become more and more popular as time goes on. Gibeau believes "the future is now" and that future centers squarely on the Internet for gaming. He added:

"It’s a key strategy for the company to drive our online businesses as aggressively as possible. It’s clearly the future, and the future is now. If you look at Asia, you look at where people are spending their time, where I play games: it’s just the place we want to be. What’s so powerful about the technology is connected gameplay is so cool for our creators. The games actually designing and building the games are just starting to scratch the surface in terms of how you can entertain in a massively multiplayer environment, a connected environment."

So down the road, you can bet that EA will have several big announcements for us, and many of them will revolve around online multiplayer. Some gamers may not be too fond of the idea, but despite all this, we still aren't predicting a speedy death for the single-player campaign in a video game. Not with recently released gems like MGS4 and GTAIV out there...more of those will come, too, we promise.

10/23/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (29 posts)

NEWCL0UD
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 11:16:57 AM
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after playing army of two online for ps3 EA have alot of catching up to do

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John Shoemaker
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 11:19:21 AM
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Same thing with Mercs 2. And give us the offline co-op as well in those kind of games.

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RebelExtrm02
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 11:35:43 AM
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I wish people would put some more time into split screen and less into online. I'm losing my taste for gaming when I can't even enjoy them with my friends anymore.

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snglbck26
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 11:46:42 AM
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I always check the back of the game to make sure it has on-line play. If it doesn't then that can be a big reason why I wouldn't want the game. I'm all about continuing the game after doing the single player. Look at the success of COD4. Millions of gamers play on-line.

Looking forward to Motorstorm Pacific Rift, Killzone 2 and MAG for that very reason.

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LightShow
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 8:13:47 PM

Fingers crossed MAG doesn't require a monthly subscription ^_^

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tramp
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 11:47:58 AM
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same with me,nothing better than four friends raping each other over cod4 or dare i say it mario cart....what times

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photo K
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 11:48:07 AM
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EA will not only boast more online play, they will also milk us some way for it.

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crapreviews
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 12:14:56 PM
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It's actually kinda true. Most games i buy now a days has to have online play. I just need to play online with others :D

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AbCdEfG
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 12:35:34 PM
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it's crazy but online play still does not factor in for me when i make a video game purchase. But games like Call of Duty 4 (love the online play!) are starting to change that for me.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 12:49:01 PM
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EA likes to make a lot of these comments

They're just trying to steal more of our money.
They act as if every game isn't going online nowadays....

Anyway, still proud ot not have bought a single EA game for my ps3.

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LightShow
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 8:12:41 PM

Spite is an unfortunate reason to miss out on some great games. I have 3 (Burnout Paradise, Battlefield: Bad Company, and Mercs 2) currently, although i plan on getting rid of mercs 2. Burnout and Battlefield are excellent games, and its a shame you choose to miss out simply because of the name on the box.

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aaronisbla
Friday, October 24, 2008 @ 12:18:13 AM

Lightshow is right, except for mercs 2, kinda letdown by that one.

Battlefield is awesome and so is burnout paradise.

Its a F*cking shame some will miss out on EA's Dead Space simply because EA's name is on the box, grow up

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shaydey77
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 12:50:40 PM
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Ah yes..the splitscreen is an absolute must!! and nowadays it should be split screen online..again ill ask does anyone know of any FPS splitscreen online for the PS3?Thanks.
As for EA..ill judge them on the next NFS.The last one was trash.

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LightShow
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 8:09:44 PM

FPS? no. But Warhawk has onlline/ofline 4 player splitsreen.

Warhawk got it totally right as far as multiplayer goes, in all aspects. A single player campaign would've been nice, though...

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Joe_III
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 1:32:37 PM
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I know publishers make less money when they put out split/shared screen games instead of forcing friends to buy 2 copies and 2 consoles, but cmon already. GH, RB, Halo, RFOM, and GoW should have proven the popularity of coop games by now.

And if publishers really think they can kill single-player campaign, they had better think twice. There's nothing I hate more than playing games with other people. Except my wife. Sometimes.

This is just another example of corporate irresponsibility. Its easier to make an MMO than it is a good game. So what will they do? Put out a whole bunch so no one can tell the good from the bad and rake it in.

Goddammit I need to quit posting. This bs makes me so mad I can't even put together a cogent argument anymore...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 1:50:55 PM
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Online can be fun but it still doesn't factor in much for me, I prefer a solitary experience, but then online has little place in RPGs. White Knight Chronicles is boasting some online play but it remains to be seen if that will be a draw for the game or if, like many games, the online is a gimmicky afterthought.

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LightShow
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 8:06:11 PM

i'm pulling for all the sidequests to be mmo-raid-esque. That would just be the most badass thing in the history of forever

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www
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 3:27:08 PM
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Wat's with this constant MMO'S i keep hearing?
I know they sumn bout online gaming but are they that good?

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LightShow
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 8:07:51 PM

It's an acquired taste, and they're definitely time sinks. If you've got a ton of time on your hands, try one out, but if you need a quick two hour fix for the week, look for something else.

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robinhood2010
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 4:21:01 PM
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People who only play MMOs in my opinion tend to not go out and have less 'real' friends. WoW may be a good game, but do you really have to spend ALL your time on it?
I want single player and offline multiplayer. I wanna play games with my real mates, not over the sodding interent all the time.

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AntDC
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 6:21:19 PM
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I'd pick an engaging single player campaign over online any day. What's happened to all the split-screen games? Do developers think gamers don't have friends anymore, or are they just to lazy to put the feature in?

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Nasty80
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 7:47:29 PM
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I know you cant even play 4 player split screen with your friends anymore on NASCAR.
You have to play in a laggy server with a bunch of idiots!! and i think that goes with any racing game anymore.

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LightShow
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 8:03:43 PM
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=/ there's a certain magic that goes along with Split-screen multiplayer. That said, some titles work better Online.

In general, FPS's work far better online, but racing titles work fine in split-screen. It's fun as hell to be able to yell at your bud right next to you when he nails you with a seismic wave from 2 feet away in Wipeout HD. Not so fun when your bud screen-hacks your position in Halo.

So Online is a large step forward, but I will be hesitant to buy any racing title without Split-screen. It's almost like having a FPS without a reticule on your screen. There's really no reason for it not to be there

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RebelExtrm02
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 10:38:35 PM
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I think FPS can benefit the most from split-screen. Games are about having fun. Who cares if your friend peeks to find your position. It's all in good fun. I used to love playing games like Medal of Honor and Red Faction with my friends next to me. Many many good laughs and fun smack talking.

I think some people have gotten too serious about games and competition that they forgot how to just have fun.

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aaronisbla
Friday, October 24, 2008 @ 12:20:23 AM
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I just pray that Dead Space 2 is once again a single player experience, not every game needs multiplayer to be great

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, October 24, 2008 @ 1:26:25 AM
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Am I the only one who misses the Link features in games. We used to Link up so much back in the Halo and Halo 2 days. That was fun as hell and NO LAG!!!!

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LightShow
Friday, October 24, 2008 @ 3:42:32 PM
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warhawk links.

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shaydey77
Friday, October 24, 2008 @ 5:04:22 PM
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We seriously need more games with multiplayer splitscreen offline and online.. 1 game like??looks like we will be sticking to the xbox for guys night for another while...

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shaydey77
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 1:16:57 PM
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a small thing?? i wouldnt consider lack of splitcreen a small thing..we all want to play together...not play watch watch watch play watch watch watch...a controller each battling together or against each other at the same time is alot more enjoyable in our eyes.
As for sinle player games im PS3 all the way.

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