EA: We Don’t Make Offline Games Anymore, Free-to-Play Model Coming to All Major Franchises
We’ve seen a lot of major changes begin to take shape during the seventh console generation (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii), and that’s going to continue in the next generation. With the rise of ‘casual gaming’ and the exponentially-growing number of studios struggling to make ends meet under their current business models, many are starting to warm up to the idea of the free-to-play model that is currently popular on mobile devices. Companies like Crytek have already pledged to go entirely free-to-play in the near future, and EA is eyeing a similar change.
In a recent interview with Engadget, EA COO Peter Moore outlined some of his company’s plans moving forward. Moore noted that EA has fully embraced online gaming, stating that EA no longer makes games with zero online functionality. This doesn’t mean EA is going “always-online” in the sense of a required internet connection for all games, but rather that the option is always there.We don’t ship a game at EA that is offline. It just doesn’t happen. And gamers either want to be connected so their stats and achievements reflect who they are, or you want the full multiplayer experience on top of that. We don’t deliver offline experiences anymore.Additionally, Moore pointed to the success of the free-to-play versions of FIFA and Battlefield as examples of where the company is heading in the future. While EA likely won’t universally ditch the $60 price model for AAA titles anytime soon, they do plan to offer free-to-play entries in all of their major franchises going forward. You can catch Moore’s complete interview below.
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