In an interview with MCV, EA Sports boss Peter Moore has talked about how he sees the FIFA franchise turning into a disc free game that would have a persistent, online presence.
"Personally I still think there'll be discs five years from now. But generally yes, of course, I think there will come a time when FIFA is less a disc that you wait for in late September/early October, and more something that we provide 365 days a year. We need to provide that persistent world, maybe sometimes powered by discs, maybe on social networks, or the cloud or whatever. That's the team's vision, that no matter where you are or what you're using, there's a FIFA experience to be had, it all links together, it lifts your level up and identifies your status."
He also said that FIFA would benefit from this change as the break in the season is a short one:
"This year there was, what, a 15 day off-season. And even then we were thinking about it and reading about it. That's the space football occupies in our lives and that's how we've got to look at it."
He also made reference to the Facebook game FIFA Superstars:
“What you are now starting to see is some linkage between FIFA Superstars and unlocking some features in FIFA 11. It’s baby steps towards persistence and presence for a full FIFA eco system.”
How do you feel about this? Will sports franchises be just the start and eventually all games will be played on discs in an online enviroment? Does the thought of cloud free gaming worry or excite you?