For years now the most celebrated (and financially successful) titles have included at least some form of multiplayer functionality. The tendency has become so pervasive that Frank Gibeau, President of EA Games, believes that the traditional single-player only games are destined for extinction. The studio head clarified his statements in an interview with Develop.
“…it’s not only about multiplayer, it’s about being connected. I firmly believe that the way the products we have are going they, need to be connected online. Multiplayer is one form of that…I volunteer you to speak to EA’s studio heads; they’ll tell you the same thing. 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,” Gibeau conlcuded. “Online is where the innovation, and the action, is at.”
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