Remember when EA tried to poke fun at single player games and the Internet kicked its ass? Well, the publisher has changed its tune. Speaking during a quarterly financial call, the company said that solo adventures are a “really, really important part” of its product mix – and, to be fair, that is reflected in its current lineup, which includes a Dead Space remake, a new Mass Effect, and a Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sequel.
Speaking to investors, boss Andrew Wilson rambled about the organisation’s motivations and objectives: “When we think about our portfolio and we think about building it out, we really think about it on two key vectors. One, how can we tell incredible stories? And two, how can we build tremendous online communities? And then how do we bring those two things together?”
He continued: “The way we plan for it over time is really just looking at our community, and looking at how they’re spending their time, and looking at where motivations may or may not be fulfilled. And we’ll look to supplement that with the addition of new online games, new multiplayer games, and new single player games.”
Despite all this, EA – like so many other publishers – is generating the vast majority of its income from live service games. But the word is that it’s also working on a single player Black Panther game, and according to Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb, it may have a second Marvel project in the works. This, as shared by fellow scribe Tom Henderson, could be an Iron Man game – although he seems uncertain.
Either way, all we’d really ask from the publisher is a better portfolio of products, and it does seem to finally be acknowledging that. We actually like FIFA, Apex Legends, and Madden NFL – but it’d be good to see some other projects coming out of the company to complement them.
[source videogameschronicle.com, via twitter.com]
ive had enough marvel
Sounds like they've seen my comments about doing a The Sims: Marvel Edition.
Great if it so. I wish there were more single-player games out there compared to insane amount of live service coop multiplayer NFT battle royale games.
I’m no fan of EA… but I liked SWJFA and I’d be interested in a single player and open-world Black Panther game for sure. I have no problem giving them my money when I feel they’ve earned it.
EA's putting their money where their mouth is with their Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Jedi games going single player, so it's good to see them realizing there's a balance.
But I hate to see the inner thinking of these modern gaming execs planning their games not based on what games they think they might be able to promote to success, or what games people want to play, but which ones fill a monetization-ready market segment at a given point of time. So many of these execs think of games less as an an entertainment media like music, books, and film, and think of them more as products to slot into market segments matching current consumer demand and spend. No wonder we just get cookie cutter sandboxes. Nobody wants to make it. Nobody thinks they can market it to sell. Nobody demands it. Execs just see a consumer spend category and come up with a product to satisfy that open space.
I feel like there's too much marvel these days then again I'm only interested in Spider-man (the old ones with Tobey Maguire), the hulk , X-Men & blade. Not a big fan of the MCU & how everything's jumbled together
AAA games are important , please no more indie and cartoony games , multiplayer or not .
Dead Space Remake & Crysis 4 (whenever it happens) have my money on day 1. Other than that, it's an "I'll buy it when I believe in it" approach with EA. Been burned buy them too much and too recently (BF 2042, I'm looking at YOU!)
Dead space remake.cant wait for that masterpiece.black panther game sounds interesting.more single player games are always welcome.word up son
Bring on more Marvel!!!! As a massive Marvel and DC fan, I loved the era we live in where I get to experience so much content around my favorite stories and characters. It's a stark difference from when I was a kid where i was only tossed a bone every once in a while.
It sad to read the corporate slant on gaming. Investor “So we are not interesting in creating truly unique and memorable experiences” Executive “No we just look over the fence and see what gamers are throwing money at and try to make something similar to try and get a slice of the action”.
@PlayStationGamer3919 I don't because the last two SW games they made are SP with the upcoming Fallen Order 2 being SP as well, they have also dropped the life service side of the new Dragon Age making it purely SP, we have Mass Effect 4 coming, a Dead Space remake, Respawn is making a SP game set in the Apex universe and we have the rumoured Black Panther and Iron Man games.
EA when removed from Fifa and Battlefield i think are in a ok spot right now and far better then they were 5 years back.
Well now since they're getting back into single player games, can we get a remaster or remake of the American McGee's Alice games, and a sequel as well on current and last gen consoles, love those games.
ea's heart is not into it so it doesn't matter either way. they proved they cannot make another good mass effect sequel or put out an original idea that anyone gives a damn about.
“When we think about our portfolio and we think about building it out, we really think about it on two key vectors. One, how can we tell incredible stories? And two, how can we build tremendous online communities? And then how do we bring those two things together?”
Well you rarely do, if ever.
Definitely stoked for the Next Mass Effect and Dead Space Remake. I know Mass Effect Andromeda wasn't the best but after it got patched up it's really wasn't that bad. It had the best combat of any of the games and I loved the different builds you could make Rider into. So yes I have some hope from EA singer player games now.
"E, E, E. E-E-E-E" 🤦♂️ does that translate? Or is it too idiosyncratic?
I'll get excited when the Black Panther game releases and performs well...
The only reason for their single player comments is because I think that's the current consecutive player count in BF2042 isn't it?
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