Now I’ve a free minute to comment on this.
Surely they aim to cover all their costs in the initial pricing of their original game sales, and will have done so for years? Isn’t there some sort of incentive provided by MS if you make multiplayer games because it encourages people to buy the XBL Gold membership?
And are GameStop going to lower the prices on second hand EA games because they don’t come with MP functionality for free? I doubt it. They hardly drop the price of second hand games as it is.
I’m a big fan of the Madden series and I buy it almost every year / someone gets it for me for Xmas. But this whole thing feels like a greedy move to me.