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EA: Single-player games are 'finished'

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Games publishing giant EA apparently believes that single-player, offline games are dead. With online play becoming more prevalent and every medium going more and more 'social,' the publisher no longer wants to focus on one-person experiences.


Above: Just imagine how boring this picture would be if there was only one person, right?

EA Games chief Frank Gibeau confirmed the move in a recent interview with Develop, saying that all of the company's studio heads are on the same page. "They're very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online services – as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours – and you're out. I think that model is finished."

It's a radical move, as anyone could go to the game store and pick up a lengthy RPG or adventure game that offers the exact 25-hour experience Gibeau is talking about. Such as Mass Effect 2. Which EA published.

Nevertheless, Gibeau says online is "where the innovation, and the action is at."


Above: Do you see any action here? Huh, do ya? Didn't think so

Boo! If you ask us, multiplayer doesn't need to be stuffed into every single game. But hey, EA is a business, and if it thinks the money is all in 'connected' games, that's the direction it'll go in unless it's proven otherwise. But we won't necessarily be happy about it. Though Mirror's Edge did include an online leaderboard feature, which we assume counts as one of the "online services" Gibeau mentioned, the chances of a sequel seem to diminish every day.

This also suggests that BioWare's new game, which will be announced this Saturday during Spike's VGAs, will include an online component, unlike Mass Effect.

[Source: Develop]

Dec 9, 2010

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52 comments

  • bizkit30 - February 23, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    I grew up playing single player games and i love them (So i say WTF EA)focusing on multiplayer only type of games is a huge mistake not everyone can afford broadband internet and not every gamer likes multiplayer (i'am so sick of hearing about multiplayer games i could puke!!) bring back the good ol days of game playing like 10-20 hour single player games.(SINGLE PLAYER IS NOT DEAD.)I hope this does not become a new trend among other gaming producers if so i'll just stick with old consoles and games.
  • shyfonzie - December 20, 2010 8:05 a.m.

    Mario Bros, Portal, Bioshock.
  • GeneralFrazier - December 14, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    I play Single player games most of the time. I do like playing with other people, but I can't always know what they will do. I Think EA is wrong on this.
  • laurenhiya21 - December 12, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    do what you want, EA but i don't think single player, offline games will die anytime soon i don't really care what EA does anyway, since I'm not really interested in most of their games :l (although mirror's edge does sound good)
  • ShokuaHyuga - December 12, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    Single player aint by a long shot; what would Resident Evil be without the option to fight zombies on your own?
  • aliengmr - December 10, 2010 9:04 p.m.

    Personally I think games should either be SP or MP. I believe when you focus on one type of gameplay you have a better chance to make a better product. As for EA, well SP isn't dead, at least for people like me. I just hope this doesn't fuck up ME3.
  • Gameguy94 - December 10, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    Wow have they not heard of...Mass Effect, Fallout, Dragaon Age, Uncharted, and several others? Those games are insanely popular especially those first 3 RPGs 2 of which they are publishing!
  • kwwalker - December 10, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    I prefer single-player games. I Grew up playing on my own so multiplayer, doesn't really appeal to me. Thats a terrible idea, why can't they stay doing both like they have been, they are cutting into their audience
  • smashedzit - December 10, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    The reason they are saying this is ADVERTISING, ppl are sick of online games where 1 or 2 guys are getting all the points with cheats and killing all. So they are complaining but EA won't listen, they just make more hackable games. I've bought my last one. When I write programs I programs. When I play games I play games. I don't want to do both together. That sounds like someone who NEVER had a job.
  • majorlynch - December 10, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    I have 15 titles with multiplayer included, resistance, modern warfare, bioshock, bad company 2, etc. You can have 100's of single player compaigns that are rich and intense and wildly different. Must multiplayer aren't that different, if they got rid of single player elements COMPLETELY, most gamers would buy about 10 games and spend 2 years getting to level 50 in all of them. Hardly good for the industry. Also in the single player campaign your enemies and comrades don't swear at you, question your personal hygiene and family heritage, and suggest you love animals intimately. So whats so great about a multiplayer only world?
  • ChrisMacDee - December 10, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    Now that is 1st-class bullshit. Black ops aside, i barely play any other multiplayer atm. When im not playing Black ops, im playing World of Goo, Fallout: NV, Poker Night at the Inventory, Red Dead Redemption (which I don't play the online for) and I'm eagerly awaiting the Back to the Future games that Telltale are due to come out this month. Just when I started to think EA were better than Activision, they show that all they are after is money. While I can see that they are a business and profit should be a high priority, would it hurt to make a new innovative IP? I realise this is slightly hypocritical of me as i am playing black ops - which is indeed pretty much the same game in different packaging - but i only need one online game to keep me playing with my live chums and black ops seemed like the good choice - however was surprised with the Reznov twist in the single player campaign!
  • Crimmy - December 10, 2010 6:54 a.m.

    If there is no ME2 (Mirror's, not Mass Effect) I will boycott all EA games for the rest of my life. I have like two games from them and I'm not happy with the quality. Just give us Mirror's 2 please! Single player will never die, and that's just how it works. The only reason I care is NFS and ME. Rant over.
  • Lionzest7 - December 10, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    this is dumb, you can't just force every game to be online. Not every game has mechanics built for online play. That is unless you want games to feel forced or all be the same.
  • opusnocturn - December 10, 2010 5:54 a.m.

    The day single player gaming is gone is the day Im done gaming. That isnt gonna happen though. Games like Oblivion, Fallout, God of War, Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Demon's Souls, Dead Space ect....... proves that. I dont read books with other people. Same shit.
  • Shinn - December 10, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    Wow. That's almost as ridiculous as the "digital media revolution". There are still masses of people here in NZ that have a dialup internet connection.
  • Helios - December 10, 2010 5:27 a.m.

    @TheVoid Well said, Mr. Void. Well said.
  • KakaStaynz - December 10, 2010 4:33 a.m.

    first off EA dont know what the hell they're talking about, and secondly the single player, offline games aren't dead. in my opinion i prefer to play games single player offline. its fun, relaxing and you dont have to put up with laggy connections, annoying players online with mics, and super hard online achievements (mainly rockstar games). my favourite game series right now is assassins creed, i loved it before it had online and still love it, and i dont really go online with it. i think the only reason developers include online is so that there are diversions and things to do after the single player (if applicable) has been completed. if single player is dead (which i dont think it is) i would say its because of not enough offline co-op games. what ever happened to split-screen? (and im not talking about sports games.)
  • festerblatz82 - December 10, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard anyone say.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - December 10, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    Single-player games are not dead. Games with ONLY single player in them, well... they may be starting to. God dammit.
  • miningguyx360 - December 10, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    Really EA? Personally I couldn't give a shit about multiplayer games. I had my first emotional reaction(s) this year to Mass Effect 2 (MIRANDA!!!!!). Red Dead Redemption was Number 2. Limbo was mesmerizing with its monochrome look. Call of Duty: Black Ops was crazy as shit to play (until you realize that the story doesn't make any sense). Enslaved, i bought you on day one. Epic Mickey.... i need to put you in the disc drive. Here might be the biggest reason they are amazing. I played Uncharted 2 before I ever saw an Indiana Jones movie. I watched Raiders of The Lost Arc the other day for the first time. WTF was that? Single player games are what make the industry interesting to me and millions of other dedicated gamers. I didn't even mention Final Fantasy, BioShock, Dead Space, Braid, Okami (I played that Shit), Halo, Gears of War and many others I can't think of off the top of my head. Where was I? Oh yeah, EA STFU!

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