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EA won’t go wholly always-on, free-to-play – Moore

Tuesday, 27th August 2013 23:29 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Following a gamescom interview in which he made some potentially alarming comments about online gaming and free-to-play business models, EA COO Peter Moore has addressed concerns the publisher is embracing both models exclusively.

“Last week at gamescom I spoke about the fact that EA no longer makes ‘offline’ games. That is a fact,” Moore said in a statement published on EA’s blog.

“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.”

Moore said many, and perhaps most, of EA’s games offer single-player and offline modes that don’t require an internet connection at all.

“We know that’s something many of our players want, and we will continue to deliver it,” he promised, before going ont o address questions about EA’s plans for free-to-play gaming.

“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,” he pointed out.

“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.”

Moore was head of EA Sports before rising to COO. He is strongly tipped to become CEO following John Riccitiello’s exit. He formerly held executive roles at Sega and Microsoft. He’s known for his candidness and willingness to speak out on issues directly rather than filtering through PR, and has a pretty rad facial hair situation going on.

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7 Comments

  1. salarta

    I like the evil eyebrow raise he has going there.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. MCTJim

    I read that article and in no way did I think that they said it is going towards an always online model.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    While the explanations from EA are rumbling in, perhaps they could make some sense of this from their own Frank Gibeau, as reported by CVG today: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/426590/ea-still-has-faith-in-dead-space-says-gibeau/

    “No it’s not out of rotation,” Gibeau told CVG when questioned on the future of the Dead Space series.

    “I mean, I’m not announcing anything right now, but I will say we had a great trilogy of games and we still have faith in that franchise.

    “Dead Space is something that we’re very proud of,” he added. “We are not making any public announcements on what we’re doing with the next Dead space, but we definitely have a great set of IPs to pull out of the vault.”

    QUE? Where did that last bit come from. I mean, he’s saying at one moment that the series is effectively still on their slate, but then later, frankly, he plays Captain Obvious by drawing attention to the fact that EA could do with reintroducing some of the past IP back on to “rotation”, rather than sitting on those properties. Which, in what way relates to Dead Space?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Cobra951

    100% of the EA games I’ll ever care about will offer single-player and offline modes that don’t require an internet connection at all.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. redwood

    yes of course, there IS a difference between 99% and a full 100%.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. MFBB

    #3 Dead Space 3 was not as successfull as they expected it.

    EA said before release “if this game dosnt get x amount of sales its the end for the Dead Space Franchise.” (think it was 5 million sales)

    They didnt reach those numbers and so that should have been the last Dead Space game.

    Then he said this with the rotation and that they could bring it back.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dendroball

    @3 EA won’t talk about the next Dead Space game except claiming the franchise is not dead because Visceral Games is essentially developing now a new IP since 2011/2012. So they need to ship this new IP first and then eventually Dead Space will make a comeback.

    Really it depends on the opportunities and available ressources at the moment, let’s imagine this new IP is really successful, they will certainly try to expand it with a sequel while Dead Space will wait a bit longer for its return.

    At this point, I guess the team at Visceral Games wants to be known for something else than Dead Space, three games under their belt in the DS universe is not bad, so I guess it’s for the best.

    #7 1 year ago

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