The social element of gaming has been readily apparent for years, but EA operations chief Peter Moore says it’s paramount to the gaming experience from now into the future.
"The ability for you to be able to interact with those franchises on a free-to-play basis is going to be part-and-parcel with every major franchise we do now," Moore said. "And that's very important to Electronic Arts."
The COO said EA would no longer be offering offline-only experience in titles, saying gamers wanted to be connected for a variety of purposes –– in-game statistics, achievements, and multiplayer.
"We're seeing more and more of the online experience being part-and-parcel of every game. We don't ship a game at EA that is offline; just doesn't happen," Moore said.
DICE producer Alexksander Grondal championed a similar sentiment, saying the PlayStation 4 share button adds an exciting social element to gaming.
“That’s a super cool thing for us. The ability to share has been on PCs for a few years and people have done a lot with it,” said Grondal, the multiplayer boss for Battlefield 4.
The “share” button affords gamers the ability to broadcast real-time footage while interacting with other gamers.