I agree, I hate multiplayer online gaming basically because I dont have enough time to dedicate to being ridiculously good - I have a full time job, three kids and countless other things to look after - I'd rather the hour or so a week i get on my xbox wasnt spent respawning every 30 seconds after being annihilated by american teenagers who spend 6 hours a day practising.
EA is crazy for even suggesting something like this! And I agree with MoUse-Wiz that this is all about the bottom line, not the real trend. Single-player campaigns are like books, they take the player into a solitary place where they forget about reality. I am sure plenty of EA staff are very nervous... won't exactly need a creative team to come up with a basic MP game.
Just the view of an EA spokesperson. Single player is still strong. This isn't even the "EA" view of things otherwise why bother putting out Dragons Age, Dead Space, The Simpsons, Orange Box(Only 1 of those games is multi). Some of the biggest games are single still, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Bioware in general, hell Beth went out of their way to get the Fallout license.
Sales of these games counter what he says anyways, people love single player games still. Not about single or multi really, it's about how good the game is.
EA continues to be a bunch of dumbasses. The only reason it worries me is because they're starting to consolidate to a serious degree and now own a large chunk of the industry. (Which is funny, because five or so years ago it looked like it was Activision that was going to go that route; they did merge with Blizzard, but they haven't been busily buying up every studio they can like EA has.)
Every single one of my favorite games is a favorite because of the single player campaign. Homeworld. Civilization IV. Pretty much any Bioware RPG. I do not play these games for multiplayer (although multiplayer in Homeworld was pretty damn fun). Games like CoD4 skimp on the single-player campaign in favor of multiplayer. That's fine with me - CoD4 has a very dedicated multiplayer community. But it means I won't be buying CoD4, or 5 or 6 or any future CoD games.