If you’ve ever been banned from EA’s Origin service for one reason or another, you’re already painfully aware that, as it was, the ban meant that you were locked out of playing everything associated with your account, be it online or otherwise.
Apparently EA realized that this was far too harsh a punishment to inflict over multiplayer violations, and the company has decided to let it be known that its policy regarding bans and locking out content has changed for the better.
Whereas it used to be that being banned prevented you from playing singleplayer, even in offline mode, EA’s policy update says that you’ll still be able to access singleplayer content, including DLC (provided that said DLC is for singleplay) through Origin’s “offline” mode.
“If you find yourself with a disabled account, please note that you can still play EA games in single-player mode,” EA wrote in a post on their website. “For PC games you will need to enable Origin’s offline mode to play games with a disabled account. Go to the settings tab in Origin (the gear icon) and select Go Offline.”
As a reminder, EA pointed out that players can attempt to get back online by appealing their ban. The publisher also notes that most suspensions are temporary, so this should, according to them, only impact a relatively small number of players.
So, if you were scared out of saying a single word in EA’s multiplayer games for fear of having your account banned and being locked out of everything in the process, you’re now free to talk again.