EA apparently believe that “people don’t really enjoy linear games”
Following the closure of Dead Space creators Visceral Games and their singleplayer focused Stars Wars game being totally revamped into an online title that seems to want to replicate the success of Activision’s Destiny series, EA are at it again stirring the pot, re-emphasising their beliefs that the singleplayer experience is becoming a thing of the past.
This week, when speaking during the Credit Suisse Technology Media & Telecom Conference (that’s a tongue twister if I ever saw one), EA CFO Blake Jorgensen had this to say on the singleplayer/linear games of today “As we kept reviewing the game, it continued to look like a much more linear game [which] people don’t like as much today as they did five years ago or 10 years ago,”
In my humble opinion, it’s certainly evident that more and more games are having an online focused direction, something that we’ve seen for many years with MMO’s on the PC, but now it seems more publishers want to bridge that over to the console format with Anthem leading EA’s charge. While singleplayer games are having open-world features, just this year we’ve had the likes of like Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, all of which have been hugely successful, to name but a few.
Do you think the singleplayer experience is suffering a slow pain death or do you believe that there is plenty of life in the old dog yet? Let us know in the comments section below.