A game that doesn't include an online offering of some sort? Who ever heard of such a thing?
The world's biggest video game publishers know just how important multiplayer is these days, and Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has made that plain as day. In speaking to Engadget during last week's Gamescom event, Moore said his company will not ship a game that is only offline. Times have changed and that's that.
"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."
He added that free-to-play options are headed to every major EA franchise in the future, and that has proven to be a very popular business model. As for the focus on online components, Moore said gamers today want to be connected for a number of reasons, including checking on the scores and accomplishments of their friends. That's in addition to playing cooperatively or competitively online, of course.
There was something relaxing about not being connected, but maybe that's just me. I'm old, after all.