Electronic Arts, publisher of popular series such as FIFA, Dead Space and Apex Legends, has reaffirmed its commitment to developing and publishing single-player games, despite previous financial reviews and reports showing more profit than live service games.
Live service games refer to games that have an online component of some kind, and receive regular updates through patches and content drops. Examples of live service games are Apex Legends and FIFA, both of which feature online and microtransaction game modes.
EA, in the past, has shown a disdain for single-player games. In 2017, EA shut down Visceral Games, the studio behind the popular horror shooter Dead Space, as well as canceling the single-player Star Wars title. Logic? EA thought that single-player games were not as popular as live-service games. As originally reported by gaming website Dualshockers, they have stated that linear games: “People don’t like [them] Today as they did five or ten years ago.”
In a recent call with shareholders and investors, CEO Andrew Wilson said of single-player games: “When we think about our portfolio and think about building it, we really think about it with two major vectors. First, how we can tell incredible stories, and second, how we can Building massive online communities and then how do we bring these two together.”
In a follow-up financial report, EA stated that more than 70% of the company’s revenue comes from live service games. Their net income for the fourth quarter of this financial year was around A$450 million, nearly 50% growth over last year’s earnings.
EA’s big hitters in this space are FIFA, including FIFA Ultimate Team with 40% participation growth, and FIFA Mobile. “Our franchise at FIFA and the successful launch of the Formula 1 race boosted our net bookings performance, achieving another quarter ahead of expectations,” said Chief Financial Officer Chris Suh.
EA has plenty of reasons to celebrate – in addition to signing a $45 million deal with LaLiga, Spain’s premier soccer league, the company is also gearing up to collaborate with Marvel in the upcoming FIFA 23.
Metro original reports.
Written by Junior Mayi on behalf of GLHF.