According to Peter Moore offline only games are off the table at EA from now on.
EA COO Peter Moore has stated at Gamescom 2013 last week, "We don't ship a game at EA that is offline." Speaking to Engadget , he said, "It just doesn't happen," and emphasized "we don't deliver offline experiences."
Here is the source article: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/08/26/ea-we-dont-ship-a-game-at-ea-that-is-offline
From the wording at the end
Speaking about FIFA and Battlefield, Moore expressed that both franchises "have free-to-play options depending on where you are in the world.... The ability for you to be able to interact with those franchises on a free-to-play basis has got to be part and parcel to every major franchise we do now." He continued to say this is "very important to Electronic Arts" regardless of "how much money you've got in your wallet and where you are in the world."
I was left the impression that EA is thinking of going the direction of Activision Blizzard, and charge for a membership to some elite online service for some of their games, for example Madden and FIFA, similar to Call of Duty Elite. Although it is true that there is the microtransactions model system implemented in the last FIFA and Mass Effect 3 in effect.
What do you think of this? Is it confirmed that next gen will be all played online?