EA's label president say offline games are "finished"

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EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau has spoken out to say that games without online components are done for, describing the "fire and forget" 25 hour single player model as "finished".

Speaking to Develop , Gibeau said “I volunteer you to speak to EA's studio heads, they'll tell you the same thing,” he said. “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," adding that “online is where the innovation, and the action, is at.”

"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." Gibeau also recently spoke out about Mirror's Edge , saying that the title fell short thanks in part to a lack of multiplayer. What do you think, are offline single player games dead?

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Tom Senior

Tom stopped being a productive human being when he realised that the beige box under his desk could play Alpha Centauri. After Deus Ex and Diablo 2 he realised he was cursed to play amazing PC games forever. He started writing about them for PC Gamer about six years ago, and is now UK web ed. Tom will be attending the PC Gamer Weekender in London in March. Click here to find out how to attend!

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