In an Engadget interview that took place last week during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore said that the company no longer ships games that are "offline."
Speaking at length with Engadget following his company's Gamescom 2013 press event, Moore said that EA's current dedication to online functionality in its games is unmatched:
"We don't ship a game at EA that is offline."
Moore goes on to talk about the importance of Gamescom and FIFA, its presence at Gamescom last week (by all accounts it was massive), how games are evolving into becoming more like services, and how – depending on where you live in the world – many of EA's top franchises have free-to-play offerings…
Electronic Arts has engaged in some practices involving "always-online" that have not sat well with gamers including the SimCity launch fiasco earlier this year. The company was also one of the first to institute an "online pass" system for console games, which charged used games buyers with a small fee in order to play a particular game's multiplayer modes.
Fan reaction to these practices have made EA rethink the way it handles both methods; EA said that the next SimCity game will offer an offline mode and it has ditched online passes altogether, with some within the company saying it was a "dumb idea."
You can check out the video to your left. Peter Moore is always entertaining to listen to even when he says things that our audience is vehemently against.
Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.