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There was a big ruckus earlier this week when it was revealed that EA had shut down Visceral Games -- the developer behind the once fantastic Dead Space series. The studio was working on a single player Star Wars title -- that one that's been in development for what seems like an eternity -- and EA said in a statement that it had decided the experience isn't one "that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come". The statement doesn't explicitly say that the project will become a service-based release like Destiny 2, but, let's be honest, it's heavily implied.

Unsurprisingly, this statement sent shock waves through the gaming community, and once again unearthed the all-important question: are traditional, single player games dying out in favour of always online, service-based experiences?

It's no secret that with the right formula, titles like Overwatch, Destiny 2, and a whole load of other online-based games stand to generate a huge amount of money. Microtransactions, as always, factor into the conversation, but at this point, that's almost an entirely different can of worms that we won't be opening here.

Anyway, we want to know what you think. Are single player games in danger? Are you a fan of service-based titles? Vote in our polls, and then feed us your opinions in the comments section below.

Are single player games in danger of dying out? (320 votes)

  1. Yes, there's a real danger as publishers pursue service-based games7%
  2. Yeah, I think there is some danger17%
  3. I'm honestly not sure6%
  4. Nah, but service-based games could become the norm41%
  5. No, single player games will always be the core of the industry30%

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Do you play more single player games, or more service-based games? (317 votes)

  1. I only play single player games25%
  2. Mostly single player games59%
  3. I play both equally, more or less14%
  4. Mostly service-based games2%
  5. I only play service-based games  0%

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