EA Turns Its Back on Single-Player Games

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Mcoffey:
You just know it's gonna be death match/horde mode or some shit. Doing the thing that makes sense for the property is expecting too much from EA.

I was kinda hoping Bioware would take a shot for competence and assume a multiplayer feature that fitted with the game. They kept prattling on about how Dragon Age was the 'spiritual successor' to Baldur's Gate (at least I think they did) and stuff, then they probably can figure out that I loved bringing in a friend so that he can take the revered task of controlling the other half of the party because I was too lazy.

My intentions were horrible but the payoff was nice.

I don't really understand what they are saying though, they say turning their back 'single player', but a fair bit of the article was about being connected to online services and shizzle.

Eh, in the end, I think my feelings are neutral, I guess whatever this guy says, it comes down to the developer to figure out how to install said multiplayer features.

Hopefully.

And nothing of value was lost.

I know they have IP's that have many fans but i honestly think they are better off dead.

oh well as i prefer single player expiriances i suppose i will not be buying anything from EA for quite a long time. oh well

not many tears shed here there are other companies I will survive

Yeah, EA can go bye bye now.

I've been losing respect for them for a long time, by this point its entirely gone.

No people this is actually GOOD news.

If this is true than that means EA won't have it's claws anymore in non-MMO, campaign based RPGs.
Well okay, it also means R.I.P. Bioware, but who really cares about them anymore.

The good thing is we now have a couple more sub-genres that still have money in them and that are completely safe from EA further ruining them.

Andy Chalk:

Thus we end up with things like Dead Space 3, which has evolved from a solo horror experience to a co-op shooter.

I remember playing a co-op mode of System Shock 2, modded in for that matter, that worked really well and didn't degrade the horror experience of that game much at all. The key, I think, is to keep focus on the horror theme. Even with two people running around in that game you could still get killed really easily.

OT: If EA wants to broaden their appeal, why are they striving to make all their games the same? People aren't going to buy the same thing over and over and the audience will be wider with more variety.

I mean, if EA ran a restaurant would they insist on serving everyone nacho cheese spaghetti burgers with ice cream sauce?

Idiot. The ridiculous mindset that all games have to be multiplayer has got to go. I like both. I will NOT like ALL games being multiplayer, because some games do NOT NEED IT. Mass Effect, for example.

/facepalm EA

EA's marketing and PR really not doing so good a job. But hey if you can still make a quality single player experience after tacking on all this online stuff you'll still get my money.... Lets just see how that goes. In the mean time back to playing King of Dragon Pass one of the best games I've played all year. A 12 year old role playing strategy game with no online components.

........................ I've got nothing, i think this idiocy speaks for itself.

Well, EA ruined Bioware already, so yea, Fuck you EA.

Jhooud:
Multiplayer experiences can be fun, but I still enjoy sitting down with a solid, single-player game. Darksiders 2 and Skyrim are currently my faves, but I'd hate to not have had God of War, Uncharted, Batman, the original Dead Space, etc etc etc.

And then there's the added advantage of the single-player not going dead after 6 months.

King of Asgaard:
And they've finally come out and said it.
I've only one thing to say:

seditary:
Oh god.

Fuck off.

Seriously.

What he said.

*tableflip*

There is nothing else to add to this. EA, please. Die. Please.

Didn't Valve say the exact same thing a ways back everyone just went "Ok cool" ? But I know by now that the rule is if Valve does something it is revolutionary and good, while if EA does something it is evil and bad.

OT: I don't have brand loyalty and I will continue to buy EA games as long as they produce games that I enjoy. I also think its worth mentioning that a multi-player mode doesn't automatically make a game bad, dead space 2, mass effect 3, and bioshock 2 all had tacked on MP and still manged to be great games.

Silly EA! You're supposed to make less people hate you, not more! Your actions always crack me up. =D

...

Go fuck yourself. >=|

Johnson McGee:
I remember playing a co-op mode of System Shock 2, modded in for that matter, that worked really well and didn't degrade the horror experience of that game much at all. The key, I think, is to keep focus on the horror theme. Even with two people running around in that game you could still get killed really easily.

Funny, I had completely the opposite experience with SS2: the marine running ahead blasting the bejeezus out of everything, rendering my efforts to stay back and take it slow completely irrelevant. It was basically a walking tour through a battleground for two of us. I don't begrudge anyone who wants to play it like that, but from my perspective it added absolutely nothing of value and actually corrupted the isolation and loneliness that was so essential to the "real" experience.

Well, that's fucktarded. I've decided that, today, I shall be angry at EA. Constantly.

Not only has this decision pissed me off, but having to accept yet another version of the terms of service to play Kingdoms of fucking amalur this morning (which is single player, and EA have should have no right to piss all over it) reminded me how unbelievably evil they are.

Gizzat- Phrrm- Iggidibah?

Wow... PopCap and Bioware have got to love this...

So, is there any way to buy negative EA games, short of illegal activity?...

There isn't a mic big enough for me to drop on EA's collective head.

As usual, EA has managed to find the absolute worst way to say something in their never ending quest to please investors.

The &^%$ that comes out of EA's mouth just keeps getting dumber and dumber. In what fantasy world does EA think it's evolved with their consumers?

What are the chances the pull a Steam sale insult and have a couple of new single player games that show up next week.

Otherwise the next Dragon Age will suck.

EA I have a word for you.

OT: Really? Did you learn nothing from ME3? A tacked on multiplayer component will just pis people off. Not every game needs multiplayer. Sure CoD has tons of... Is that what this is about? You want people to play with you? EA... stop being such an idiotic jerk and make some decent fucking games and we might come play with you again.

This smells like another excuse to "add value" to Facebook or worse: Origin. I am not interested.

This is so sad.
Some thing are not meant to be a multiplayer experience. Adding multiplayer regardless will always feel tagged on and might, if done wrong, even impair the single player experience (e.g. ME3 galactic readiness before the update).
They are actively limiting their developers creativity by enforcing mindlessly a misled company policy.
If your game concept does not involve MP then EA is not going to give you any money.
Too bad EA is dying so slowly despite themselves trying to fasten the progress...

Mortamus:
"Single Player games can't hold up in today's market"

Oh I'm sorry, how many copies of Skyrim sold? and are still selling?

What he meant was "We can't cram a $10 online pass to a single player game."
Relevant craptsha: two left feet

StriderShinryu:
Hmmm..

The name EA in the title? Check.
People basically not even reading the article and jumping to hate filled conclusions? Check.
Me not being surprised? Check.

I really have no issue with this as long as the connected content is thoughtful and well done. While I don't feel that the changes made to Dead Space are good, the always connected nature of a sports title or FPS is great, the multiplayer in ME3 was very fun (though tied into single player in a bizarre way), and having a facebook connected experience to supplement DA1/2 was kind of cool.

You and I have similar opinions on the matter. The title of the article is blatantly nerdbaiting. This is more like something I would see on Kotaku rather than The Escapist.

The market is heading in this direction, whether people like it or not, most games are going to be launching with at least SOME form of multiplayer. This isn't a bad thing. The Mass Effect 3 multiplayer was actually pretty good, and I look forward to seeing how it's implemented in Dragon Age 3 (I hope it's a co-op, like in BG).

GonzoGamer:

Mortamus:
"Single Player games can't hold up in today's market"

Oh I'm sorry, how many copies of Skyrim sold? and are still selling?

What he meant was "We can't cram a $10 online pass to a single player game."
Relevant craptsha: two left feet

Or push the values of the great concoction Origin.

*looks at thread* Heh seems im not the only dinosaur who can't get into social media and socialness sneaking into their games :P

Well guess I won't be buying an EA game any time soon then.

I really hope that every action I take in my single-player experiences can be posted to twitter. That's what I've always wanted from my vidya games!

We all saw this coming, their single player games have been getting worse whilst having unnecessary multiplayer stapled on for the past few years now. It was all just a matter of time.

I'm not surprised by this. It's all fine by me, the multiplayer aspect generally adds something to the game. And I can choose to ignore it.

ok €A, i do enjoy BF3 but now you are really stepping over board. i hope this will lead you to your doom and we can bury you and forget you that you ever existed.

Ah well. Fuck you EA. I hope you get super cancer-AIDS and die.

major_chaos:
Didn't Valve say the exact same thing a ways back

Well, I haven't bought a Valve game since Half-life 2, so what does that tell you?

Also, the problem with EA doing it is they're a lot bigger. The idea that games have to have multiplayer is "a cancerous growth" on the industry right now. Valve can only do so much to further it, EA can (and apparently plans to) do a lot more.

Btw, most people only like Valve as the people who run Steam. Valve's game record isn't really that impressive. Portal was OK, imo. But the last REALLY good game they made was HL2. And that's almost a decade old now.

I wonder who in the board at EA is sleeping to still let that unwashed monkey Gibeau make any sort of statement.
Oh well. EA has already come to terms with the hate, they still got enough people buying their games.

More money for new indy titles.

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