Shunal DokeAug 29, 2013 16:19:40 IST
EA's Peter Moore recently caused quite a bit of controversy when he declared at Gamsecom that "EA no longer makes 'offline' games." Well, Moore has now clarified the statement in a post on the official EA blog. According to the statement, not all of EA's games 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," the post reads.
Moore also tries to justify his earlier statement by saying that most gamers are "online" in some way, shape or form. This includes multiplayer modes, online services for periodic content updates, sharing stats or achievements or connecting with friends.
SimCity probably didn't help Moore's statement
EA has also caught flak for its plans for free-to-play games. Despite having a ton of games that are free-to-play across PC and mobile (the list includes Battlefield, Need for Speed, FIFA, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Plants vs Zombies, Madden NFL, and the upcoming Command & Conquer), not all of the company's future games will follow the same business model. The company will continue developing core gaming experiences on all of these franchises.
The post was made in response to the outrage EA has been facing in recent times. It started with SimCity earlier this year, which was inaccessible for many, because EA severely underestimated the number of players that would be playing it. As a result, the game had to go offline for quite a bit, and when it came back online, developer Maxis had to disable many gameplay mechanics to make it work.
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