Do MMOs ruin single-player franchises?

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Last week, EA actually confirmed what everyone had been expecting, that The Sims 5 is very much in development. Kind of has to be, considering how old The Sims 4 is at this point. But what wasn’t quite expected were some not-so-oblique hints that Sims 5 will include multiplayer or some sort of online play. In fact, The Sims Online — the MMORPG that ran from 2002 to 2008 — was mentioned a couple of times during an interview with EA’s CEO.

Personally, I’m all for this. I think it’s a natural progression for the series to step online — or more online, I should say, considering that the current Sims community does a lot of online connecting and sharing of created content. It’s a very social and chatty community, and I can see multiplayer neighborhoods (if done right) being right up many people’s alley. And since I do…

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