Friday Flame War: EA’s Multiplayer Focus — Yay or Nay?
This week, Electronic Arts’ Labels President Frank Gibeau said that he wouldn’t be greenlighting any titles that don’t have some kind of multiplayer or online social component — as he put it, an extended content plan through which EA can keep players engaged.
As one can imagine, that sparked some vitriol, especially since EA isn’t the most-liked company ever. At Game Front, we’ve got dissenting opinions: some see this as EA’s slow destruction of the games they love. I kind of see it as EA setting a tone that will hopefully specialize it and attract games and players interested in their specific brand of game. Hopefully that will mean that EA will stop taking single-player experiences and multiplayer-izing them. Eventually.
But we put it to you. Do you like having a multiplayer option in your games? Do you play games primarily to play with others? Or do you see EA’s stance as “forcing” multiplayer on games that don’t need it, or want it? And here’s a big question — does your opinion on EA’s multiplayer stance change if that multiplayer is good (as early reports of Dead Space 3′s co-op seem to be)?
Make yourself heard in the comments!