EA Labels President: SimCity Inspired Developer to Make The Sims 4 Offline
You asked and EA listened, says Labels President Frank Gibeau.
EA labels president Frank Gibeau recently spoke to VentureBeat about the decision to make The Sims 4 offline which – you guessed right – was due to the debacle that the recent SimCity became.
“In the last few months, we have started making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly don’t like. In the spring, we dropped our online pass program for consoles – both next-generation and current-generation. We listened to the feedback on SimCity and decided that The Sims 4 would be built as a single-player, offline experience. We announced some new intellectual properties at E3 and will unveil more new games in the months ahead.”
SimCity did sell two million copies though, and as Gibeau revealed, “the number of people logging in and playing is holding steady. SimCity is a success. However, underestimating demand in the first month was a major miss. We hope that the game and the service we’ve provided since then meets the fans’ high standards.”
The Sims 4 will reportedly be shown off at next month’s Gamescom, happening from August 21st to 25th.