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All EA games to feature online, DLC

Publisher makes pledge to investors.

Electronic Arts man John Schappert, formerly of Microsoft, has said that the third-party publisher plans to step up its online efforts during the coming year.

"In fiscal 2011, every one of EA's releases will have an online component, both downloadable content and online play," he told investors during a conference call (thanks IGN).

EA has embraced DLC in recent years and notable recent examples include Dragon Age, quickly supported by the Return to Ostagar extra, and Mass Effect 2, which uses the Cerberus Network platform as an disincentive to second-hand sales.

The publisher also has form thanks to the likes of Burnout Paradise, for which ambitious developer Criterion delivered extensive support that only officially came to an end recently.

Key EA games due out in its next fiscal year (1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011) include APB, Medal of Honor, Crysis 2, a new Need for Speed, Dead Space 2 and more from the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series.

Overnight the publisher also announced plans to introduce Ferraris to Need for Speed: Shift.