The boss man of EA recently made some announcements regarding EA’s future policies that may have been misinterpreted by some hotheaded fans. He’s just explained in a blog post that when he said “We don’t deliver offline experiences anymore.” He meant that EA was not going to make any completely offline games. Every game is going to have at least some sort of offline component attached to it.
Put down the pitchforks people, he didn’t mean that you wouldn’t be able to play your games without an internet connection. Just that every EA game will have some sort of online component.
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. We know that’s something many of our players want, and we will continue to deliver it.
Sadly enough he also had to clarify his comments on free-to-play, I knew it was just too good to be true. His earlier statements regarding FTP and EA franchises were rather vague, as you can see.
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.
Now he’s said that while not all of EA’s games will offer a free-to-play mode, they will continue to ‘explore’ free-to-play experiences. He cited games such as Battlefield, Need for Speed, FIFA, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Plants vs. Zombies, Madden NFL and the upcoming Command and Conquer as offering free-to-play experiences. He also assured players that they would continue to deliver the high quality core gaming experiences that are to be expected from all of these franchises.
Moore has some interesting views on the kind of games that are being released by EA these days. He says that the initial disk purchase/download is more akin to a client than an actual, full game, and that the studio would work around the clock to keep creating new content for customers.