Posted By Austin Yorski about 3 months, 1 week ago
Here’s your soundbite controversy for the week. Tech site Engadget caught up with Electronic Arts Chief Operations Officer Peter Moore at Gamescom to talk about where the company thinks the next generation of hardware is heading. Unsurprisingly, Moore repeated the common industry line that the future of gaming is social connectivity. He even went so far as to state, “We don’t ship a game at EA that is offline.”
Such an absolute statement calls to mind Ubisoft’s recent stance that they will not publish a new intellectual property unless it has the potential to spawn sequels. The best reaction to both situations can best be summed up by BT writer Johnny Maloney. To paraphrase a conversation from the BT Podcast, “That’s fine. Those kinds of games will still get made. They just won’t get made by that company anymore.”
If adding online features into each and every product is truly the way of the future then EA has nothing to worry about. If they are wrong then they will need to adjust their strategy going forward and cater to a wider variety of tastes. Either way, the free market will decide. Capitalism!