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EA Mandates Online, DLC for Every Game in 2011

With all the consoles now having serviceable online components, EA appears to have mandated that all its future video game releases to have both downloadable content and online play.

IGN quotes Electronic Arts chief operating officer John Schappert during the company's fiscal third quarter investor call as saying, "In fiscal 2011, every one of EA's releases will have an online component, both downloadable content and online play."

For EA, fiscal 2011 would be calendar April 2010 through March 2011 – which means the majority of EA games this year will be hooked into the online world.

While many games make worthwhile use of multiplayer and DLC, it's a little unsettling if developers are forced into shoehorning online play (and devoting resources) into a game that wasn't set out to have it.

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