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PETER MOORE

PETER MOORE

Chief Operating Officer

POSTED BY Peter Moore ON Aug 27, 2013

A Quick Clarification on "Online" Games...

I wanted to take a moment to clear up something for gamers that seems to be causing a bit of confusion.  Last week at Gamescom in Germany (what a phenomenal event that was, by the way – 340,000 gamers!  I’d need another post…), I spoke about the fact that EA no longer makes “offline” games

That is a fact.  But in industry headlines, on Twitter and in forums, I see some misinterpretations as to what that means exactly.  So allow me to clarify.

Today, most games are “online” in some way, shape or form.  Many games connect in online multiplayer modes; others include online services which allow for periodic content updates, sharing stats or achievements or connecting with friends; and others are games downloaded through digital delivery methods like Origin or the App Store.  The reality is, the Internet and social connectivity touches every one of our titles today – and has for several years. 

What that does NOT mean is that every game we ship will require an online connection.  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.

I also see confusion about our plans for free-to-play games.  Many of our most popular franchises for PCs and mobile – including Battlefield, Need for Speed, FIFA, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Plants vs. Zombies and now Madden NFL, to name a few – already offer free-to-play experiences.  Command & Conquer is another exciting new free-to-play game coming online later this year.  However, NOT ALL of EA’s games will offer a free-to-play mode.  We will continue to explore new free-to-play experiences for our franchises when we believe there is gamer interest and a cool new game we can build.  But of course we will continue to deliver award-winning core gaming experiences on ALL of these franchises.

I hope this helps to clear up a few things, and I look forward to your feedback in the comments below.

Comments (19)

  1. +4 0
    Definitely clears up the confusion. Online options are always nice to see in games.
    Aug 27, 2013
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  2. +4 0
    Thank you for this article! As Mike6908 said, online OPTIONS are always nice to see in games. Gaming is no longer just plain case of having fun in front of a computer, it's become a social experience, with either friends, family or complete stranger. That's why I always welcome additional gameplay options in terms of online multiplayer aspect. However, I believe that single player side of the game should always remain offline. Keep online optional!
    Aug 27, 2013
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  3. +2 0
    thank you for the clarification. I thought you pulled a Microsoft (circa E3 2013) with an "always-on" Glad to now there won't be a MP tacked on on every game. Still, Simcity requiring internet connection was wrong
    Aug 27, 2013
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  4. +4 -2
    So how come madden 25 is freezing ever time I try to pay it? Just paid 60 $ for this game and I'm feeling pretty ripped off
    Aug 27, 2013
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      its freezing because maybe the servers for the game were shut down just like mercenaries 2 world in flames join me and together we can make sure ea turns on the servers for both of these games if you have a facebook send me a message my account is dennis ryan i live in brandon vermont or if you have a psn account my name is zMoNsTeR-MoDz power to the players oorah
      Nov 8, 2013
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      send me a friend request and nothing can ignore this no one
      Nov 8, 2013
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  5. +3 -3
    Peter, I don't care what you say, how you say it or who says it for you. Make great games and I'll play them. (Got linked here from Games Industry International, at least I can comment here.) if you make a good game, it doesn't matter what you charge, when you charge it or if it requires a first born as a down payment. Make good games, they will be played. Let the vocal be vocal and let the gamers game in their absence. Eventually, someone's got to shut up and start playing.
    Aug 27, 2013
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  6. 0 -5
    Now that's out of the way.... You hiring crazy gamers?
    Aug 27, 2013
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  7. 0 -3
    Down rating? How rude. Hopefully the game players will read my message and (unlike the vocal and VERY self righteous) understand where this is meant to be. My message goes to those who scan the comments. You are not alone, these people we associate with complain. Comes with having an awesome love with few shortcomings. Don't let the whiny few distort with jaded opinions. Play and enjoy. If not, move on. Good day, sir or madam and not necessarily in that order...
    Aug 28, 2013
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  8. +6 -4
    Origin still sucks.
    Aug 28, 2013
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  9. +2 0
    Does EA understand why players value offline? My worry is that as games become more integrated with online services, many titles will eventually cease to function when EA decides that it's no longer commercially feasible to maintain online service across aging products. My concern lies with predominantly single-player experiences where it may seem fresh and exciting to 'blur the lines with online' at the cost of players being able to return to cherished games years from now.
    Aug 28, 2013
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  10. +3 -1
    EA doesn't care about the customers. You have a whole community of gamers that are telling you the games are bad and why. But instead of listening to us and fixing the games. You state that we are just a small few and just nitpicking. Winning awards voted by industry insiders doesn't make your games good. The industry has so many writers in their pockets that no gamer reporters report anything that is critical of games. There is a reason why EA is winning worst company in the world awards.
    Aug 30, 2013
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  11. +1 0
    On the subject of Online, I feel I need to say my piece on Origin. I believe competition improves products. There is room for another online platform besides Steam. But the reality is we have no choice but to use Origin it if we want to play your games. And Origin is incredibly buggy particularly when it comes to MP. I wish you would send out a clear message that Origin is getting additional support so that we gamers are not locked in a subpar product compared to Steam.
    Oct 16, 2013
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  12. +1 0
    Ea is a bunch of croocks , y'all still won't fix my problem and won't give me a refund
    Nov 7, 2013
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  13. +1 0
    Ea is a bunch of croocks , ya won't fix my problem with madden25 and won't give me a refund .. Can't play online now for 2 months and ya don't even care.
    Nov 7, 2013
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    hello all you gamers of ea i want to let you know something about ea a few years ago there was this game called mercenaries 2 world in flames and ea shut down there servers why because the game was unpopular and yes they never fix our problem they just make an excuse not to but you know what i think i think they dont care about any of there fans one bit i for one am sick of being lied to about something so you know what for those who are reading this message tell yourself this every game that
    Nov 8, 2013
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    1. +1 0
      ignore the flagged thing i did that by accident i didnt know if the flag meant to say that this message is important
      Nov 8, 2013
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  15. +1 0
    you have that was developed by ea electronic arts company i bet there is one game from that company that you love to play all the time online now say they turned off the servers for that particular game i bet you would be so pissed that you would probably want to sue the company just because they turned off the servers because the game was unpopular now you know how i feel about this company and i say that we tell them who they should listen to their fans they want to keep the company alive
    Nov 8, 2013
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    then they should start listening to their viewers for all of you who think ea is being unfair to us send me a message on facebook my account is dennis ryan brandon vermont or send me a friend request on psn my account for psn is: zMoNsTeR-MoDz send me a friend request and a message regaurding this statement and together we can make sure ea listens to its veiwers and never ignore us EVER AGAIN WHOS WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!
    Nov 8, 2013
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  17. +1 0
    plz dont ignore my recent statements we need a lot of people to support this so they dont do anything like this ever again and ruin all our favorite games
    Nov 8, 2013
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  18. +1 0
    why didnt i get any feed back are you guys afraid that the company will do something to you they already did they took away your freedom to play certain games online thats why im doing this to make sure the company does what we want them to do
    Nov 13, 2013
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    Oh good, now that we have that mess cleaned up, how about you try listening to your consumer's opinions on what they want in the games and maybe (just maybe) you won't win "Worst Company In America" again... while you're at it, stop forcing people to make Origin accounts, leave Titanfall to Respawn Entertainment, stop being known as "That company who shuts off servers", cut out the online passes, and do NOT use the LGBT community as a shield (gutless cowards) Thanks, pumpkin ^_^
    Feb 20, 2014
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