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EA's Gibeau brags he has not green-lit any single player games
Posted: 06.09.2012 00:16 by Comments: 11
Some gamers may recall that Electronic Arts mandated that all of their games would have an online component one way or another as a protection against piracy - and a way to monetize titles post-release as well as establish the Origin digital distribution service.

EA Games president Frank Gibeau has bragged in a promotional pamphlet for Cloud Gaming USA that he has not green lit any single player titles, and nor will he.

In the pamphlet, he states, "I have not green lit one game to be developed as a single-player experience. Today, all of our games include online applications and digital services that make them live 24/7/365."

He was also quoted in the pamphlet as making sure no "Gen4" (read as: PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox Infinity consoles) would have a purely single player experience. “For all the investments we’ve made in mobile and social, we never abandoned consoles. We are working closely with the console manufacturers and we are VERY excited about the Gen4 consoles that will be launched in the months and years ahead,” he wrote.

Gibeau stated that games such as FIFA 13, Mass Effect 3, SimCity, Madden NFL, Battlefield 3, and Dead Space 3 all reflect the "must have online component" policy.

It certainly speaks volumes to why SimCity is an online-only experience.

[UPDATE: Gibeau defended his statements saying that EA wasn't "killing" single player - that gamers could play games in single player in the context of a multiplayer-option environment.

That, of course, doesn't explain why SimCity requires an online. By that definition, playing World of Warcraft solo is a "single player experience" as well.]
Source: GameSpot
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Comments

By jak12000 (SI Newbie) on Sep 06, 2012
jak12000
does this mean dragon age 3 will have multiplayer ?
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
JonahFalcon
Yep. It was leaked.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
FoolWolf
Well, it comes in handy now that Ubisoft has admitted to removing their always online DRM crap - someone has to step up and rub it in our eyes - no we're are the most evil company! Bwahahahaha.

Well, I guess there aren't that many reasons to actually install Origin on my new computer then...
MP is fine - but force-fed MP - no thank you.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
SirRoderick
What FW said...

Honestly, it's like a contest for most hated publisher going on.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
FoolWolf
Bring out the beer and pop-corn :)
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
nocutius
ME3 is a clear example of why this policy is wrong. Being *forced* to play a *very* boring MP mode just to get a "good" ending in the SP part of the game is royally fu**ed up. This IS killing an SP game.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
SiyaenSokol
I am not up for Origin... I would be great if EA decides to go back to Steam... but then again, why would they?
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
HenoKutus
The multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 is awesome and addictive to get the weapons and charachters like COD only in a different way,too bad there was no Coop mode in single player.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 06, 2012
JonahFalcon
However, it also caused the single player to be unfinished.
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Sep 06, 2012
The_Tingler
To be honest, if there's a straight CAMPAIGN CO-OP in Dragon Age or Mass Effect I'd be all for that - multi-party RPGs are awesome in co-op. Anything else = pointless. I DID like the multiplayer in ME3, but I hated feeling forced to play it.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Sep 07, 2012
HenoKutus
Looking forward to Far cry 3,Assassins Creed 3,Lost Planet 3,Dead Space 3,Black Ops 2 because these are all Co-op !