EA clarifies recent offline games comment

Peter Moore confirms that not every EA game will require an online connection, says free-to-play not coming to every EA franchise.

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In a blog post today, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore clarified comments he made at Gamescom recently about moving away from offline games.

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Moore said it is a fact that EA no longer makes "offline" games, but clarified that not every game EA ships will require an Internet 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," Moore said. "We know that’s something many of our players want, and we will continue to deliver it."

Maxis' upcoming The Sims 4 will not require an Internet connection.

Moore also addressed "confusion" regarding EA's plans for free-to-play games going forward. At Gamescom, he suggested that every major EA franchise will have a free-to-play option. Today, he said this is not the case, though the company is evaluating options for the future.

"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," Moore said. "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," he added. "But of course, we will continue to deliver award-winning core gaming experiences on all of these franchises."

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Like all director and VP's and everything at this time of big sales. They will tell you what you want to hear just so they get more presales and bigger hype. After release you will be what lies were really told on both sides.

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OMFG biggest Backpedal in history!!!!

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Did he have a stroke or sth?

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Yeah there will be confusion when you make a statement, then backpedal and say something totally different in a matter of days.

You keep being afraid EA, we dog-piled Microsoft and we're coming after you next! xD

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Looks like EA is pulling a Microsoft...releasing a statement that is undesirable to the consumer, then "clarifying" with a more ambiguous statement.

Yeah, I can see why these two companies partnered together for the xbone.

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You can tell that Peter used to work for Microsoft... :p

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EA happened...

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Thought we were about to have another Sims City disaster on our hands.

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Wow an EA exec who said one thing then completely backpedaled and said the exact opposite. I'm sure that will never happen again and we can actually trust what this guys says....<giggle>

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Offline "experiences" mean that nothing can be experienced offline. They need to choose their words more carefully.

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I can play madden for free?


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Nothing to clarify here Mr. Moore. Your company, more then likely saw all the negative backlash, so to ensure you keep getting money from your mindless fanbase, you are doing damage control.

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Yeah sleep with one eye open around EA.

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So Peter Moore is saying that he lied to our fucking faces before?

What a piece of human garbage, babbling whatever he thinks people want to hear.

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No EA, whats confusing is why you think that and continue to implement the practice in the first play. That's what is confusing.

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I love how single player games are now an optional 'mode'

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EA, committed to doing as many 180s as Microsoft!

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@Sublime408 Or more

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... aside from BF3, I haven't bought a EA game in years, nor have Origin on my machines. I can live without you, Peter Moore. (I bought BF3 for the SP part, played it once and that was that; was curious about the Frostbite2 engine & DX11 implementation by @repi & DICE).

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Edited By ignautius

I actually believe that he misspoke. I really do. But here's the thing I don't get:

How. Can. You. Be. That. Stupid. ?

Suggesting only-online or always-online or required internet or anything of the sort is TOXIC in the video game industry right now. Look at Diablo III. Look at EA's OWN GAME, SimCity, and how awfully that went and how much crap they had to eat over the online requirements. Look at the Xbone and the public backlash over Xbone-phone-home until Microsoft pulled the "feature".

So not only did he misspeak, but he literally took the most hated thing about trends in video gaming AND SUGGESTED IT WAS THEIR NEW BUSINESS MODEL. It's a topic you should be staying as far away from as possible, so he wrote it in the sky in neon lights, and he didn't even NEED TO.

How can you be so stupid?

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EA seriously thinks they are the most important company in gaming

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@WICGuardian They're the trend makers that's for sure...

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Peter Moore killed the dreamcast.

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@somatzu So true.

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my god the man acts like a free to play command and conquer is a good thing!!

next you know we will be getting a major presser announcing the the release of KKOTOR (Kinect Knights of the Old Republic) and how great it is that its brought to millions free to play

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EA isn't much into giving gamers what they want.

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@Katz They're more into telling gamers what they want.

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What'd I tell you? People say things that are just for marketing purposes then have to backtrack on said statements. No surprises here.

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@ddg4005 How is shooting yourself in the foot good for marketing?

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Edited By ddg4005

@picho86 @ddg4005

Because, unfortunately, these companies never see outlandish statements as self-destructive. They're surrounded by a reality distortion field that tells them what they believe gamers want instead of actually listening to them.

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In Plants vs Zombies 2, you don't get any stars for finishing level the first time. (Which is needed to unlock the next world). There's an option of either unlocking the world via real money ($5) or grind through the levels again for stars. You only get a few stars per level and you usually need 15 or more stars to unlock.

So yea, I can reallyyyyyyyyyyy see the appeal of free-to-play games. FROM EA NO LESS............-_-

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EA: "No offline modes. Ok, offline modes. But we're making everything free-to-play. Ok, no we're not. Whatever we said a few days ago, that's exactly what we're not going to do anymore. What were we talking about again?"


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@Heshertonfist Seems like EA may have some internal struggles for what their new policy should be. Flip flopping around issues just proves it.

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@Heshertonfist EA PR in a nutshell.

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