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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.

Good idea or bad idea? You tell us!

  • padlius
    They are trying to go over their head, but really most of their games have online, just a few.
  • hawk56013
    I think it's a decent idea, but i would rather have a game, say Mass Effect 3, have all the effort put into the story and gameplay mechanics rather than online multiplayer. Although Mass Effect multiplayer would be awesome!
  • Kami3k
    FUCK, so that's what they mean by the "far reaching" for mass effect. Online play, booo.

    And only a complete retard could say Mass Effect MP would be anything but complete garbage. Hello, how is the combat again? Sorry but hawk you are nothing but a MP retard. Not everything needs MP, and almost all the games out there with MP, shouldn't have MP because it sucks.

    MP would only take away from the actual game. Man how I hate MP retards like hawk, where ever game must have MP. Stop ruining gaming tyvm, oh and diaf.
  • Antimatter79
    MP or no MP, blanket mandates such as "online play" simply will not work in gaming. However, if they HAVE to mandate something, mandate DX10 graphics options for those who can use it.
  • jennyh
    It's just another excuse for them to release half finished games 6 months early.
  • the_krasno
    Bad idea. You can fuck up a masterful and balanced game by cramming worthless shit in it.
  • killerclick
    I don't like multiplayer and I don't like it being forced on me. If I wanted to play with the other children, I'd hit the playground.
  • Zagen30
    No. Just no. This is a terrible move on EA's part. I'm not saying a game can't have multiplayer, but there are some games that just don't warrant more than one person playing at a time. Forcing all of their development studios to do this will more than likely lessen the overall quality of their titles.
  • jezzarisky
    yay EA for screwing up stuff even more!
  • jenesuispasbavard
    WTF!!!! I don't WANT multiplayer in Mass Effect 3!