EA: "We don't deliver offline experiences any more"

COO Peter Moore says gamers want to be connected; free-to-play options for every major EA franchise in the works.

Electronic Arts is moving away from offline games, COO Peter Moore has told Engadget in a new interview from Gamescom.

"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," Moore said.

Moore explained that gamers want to be connected for a variety of purposes, including keeping tabs on in-game statistics and achievements, as well as playing online multiplayer.

"So yeah, we don't deliver offline experiences any more."

Also in the interview, Moore said free-to-play options will be coming to every major EA franchise in the time ahead.

"The ability for you to be able to interact with those franchises on a free-to-play basis is going to be part-and-parcel with every major franchise we do now," Moore said. "And that's very important to Electronic Arts."

Some of EA's biggest franchises include Star Wars, Battlefield, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Command & Conquer, Madden, and The Sims, among others.

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simcitydrmfree
simcitydrmfree

RIP Maxis. So now that EA offers SimCity as an offline experience (ignore headline) perhaps it could use an upgrade? Maybe now that Cities: Skylines is Overwhelmingly Positive on Steam?

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Breaking news: EA is adding an offline mode to the latest Sim City! haha!

jeep3r
jeep3r

No thank you, no drm, why? because i want to be able to play even if i'am in a place where i don't have access to internet connection. On the other side i am the less interested in online experience, i don't care about the achivements and ranking and i defenetly don't care about ill educated little shits that spend their game play time insulting and look for new ways to screw other players experiences.

This bald shit saw that arm twisting for Swtor f2p, where subscribers buy itms and sell them for high amounts of creds, brought them $ and now he wants to apply the same system to all their games...

 P.s: Here's for a new year where Ea Games wins the prieze to the worst company.

P.s2: Go away Ea games...far away.

Textfield
Textfield

And you think you convince people with being asshole like in SimCity? 2 months of crashes, buggy game mechanics and you think you'll persuade people into DRM?

Hell, i like DRM, i think everything should be online, i just think EA shouldn't exist. Worst company.

thrice00
thrice00

Statistics and achievements. 2 of the most useless things in video games ??

Ishiban
Ishiban

Yeah... you can keep your garbage, EA.

wowgrandpa
wowgrandpa

this guy reminds me of Republican Senate candidate, Todd Akin.

anyone?

edinko
edinko

All there is to it that they just want to constantly monetize and rip off

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

New rule... no one over 45 should be an authority of what gamer's want.

honeycomb06
honeycomb06

Peter moore look like Shang Tsung from off Mortal Kombat 1!!!! lol

tightwad34
tightwad34

I do not like the digital future. It's taking choices away from us and that's never a good thing. It also sucks that there isn't a damn thing we can do about it.

honeycomb06
honeycomb06

Man if EA fuck  up BF4, Madden 25 or NBA Live 14 for Next Gen imma be officially done with dem

Teufelhund84
Teufelhund84

Peter Moore didn't learn a damn thing from EA's Sim City debacle earlier this year.
"We produce games that suck when your internet fails."

mikajoakkinen
mikajoakkinen

I don't care EA, because I don't buy your games anymore either, I haven't for like...10 years or smth, the last EA game I bought was NFS Hot pursuit...or 4, for the pc..or the PS2, I don't even remember it, lol.

aljaie
aljaie

godammit EA! u really suck ur own Company! 

Eraldus
Eraldus

And I don't deliver my money to you anymore EA...

evil13killer
evil13killer

just leave bioware out of it i don't give a fuck about your other games 

Nightwindutz
Nightwindutz

The man is entitled to his opinion. I'm entitled to not buy EA anymore. I was wary of the new Sim City and I think I earned a pat on the back. If the backlash against EA and Blizzard isn't enough, perhaps the man needs to see sales drop some more.

Even Steam allows offline play and luckily for me Rocksteady dumped Microsoft's dreadful Games for WIndows Live for the new Batman Arkham Origins.

picho86
picho86

@Nightwindutz The problem is that no other company owns Bioware, and makes Simcity and Dead Space.

Nightwindutz
Nightwindutz

@picho86 @Nightwindutz Sadly, you're right. So it all comes down to personal opinion: is this approach an inconvenience? And if so, how much of an inconvenience? To me, it's important enough to make me stay away (for now at least). Obviously, if Bioware will come with something really outstanding or if EA brings out something cool with a new Dead Space (unlikely) and they will feature an "always-online", I might re-evaluate my position. However, I happily own the previous Sim City and the new one poses more problems than the rewards it offers.

picho86
picho86

@Nightwindutz @picho86 As long as people keep buying their games, they'll keep thinking they can shit on us.

They've said it themselves when they were voted the worst company. 

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

EA and Microsoft must be in cahoots.

MS goes back on always online, then EA goes forward on always online.

IT'S A CONSPIRACY!

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

EA: "We don't deliver offline experiences any more" And I don't wanna have anything to do with EA anymore  :P