There's At Least One Developer Still Rooting For Singleplayer Games

As online connectivity becomes more prevalent in our games, there's a niggling fear that the singleplayer game may soon become a thing of the past. So it's good to know Half-Life developers Valve still see a future for solitary gaming.

"There is an interesting question in how many projects should be offline products, and how long that is going to be viable," Valve's Erik Johnson tells Gamasutra. "Half-Life 1 was a really offline product. I think customers want to find ways to talk about the thing that they are a big fan of with other people, and ideally experience it the same way."

"That doesn't mean every game needs to be multiplayer. With single player games that were completely in a box, and there was no way to experience anything else, I think there are things that customers want that those games don't take advantage of."

Examples he gives of this limited form of online "play" include chatting with other people playing through the same section of a singleplayer game as you are, or to continue Valve's much-appreciated tradition of including DVD-like "commentary" as part of their games.

"I still think the analysis that every product needs to be a competitor in multiplayer, or an MMO, is incorrect; there are a lot of people who want an experience without the stress, so I don't see that changing."

Good to hear. As someone who games to escape, and not to compete, a future without singleplayer gaming is a future that would involve me no longer playing video games.

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Comments

    Yes, that's all well and good, but aren't you forgetting the likes of Bethesda, who have NEVER delved into Multiplayer territory (yet, or at least, to my knowledge).

    Valve are a solid company, I just hate that praise is heaped onto them when they aren't exactly fighting against the industry.

    My 2cents.

      I was going to drop the F(allout) bomb too for relevance, but I also wanted to mention that I've been reliving Diablo 2 and Majesty alone between sucking at Starcraft 2 while waiting for Cataclysm.

      There's definitely room in my future and the industry's too for SP, story- or atmosphere- driven experiences.

      Bethesda are bringing out Brink pretty soon.

      Big ol' multiplayer affair.

    Keep the single palyer games comin' ...thank you.

    "As someone who games to escape, and not to compete, a future without singleplayer gaming is a future that would involve me no longer playing video games."

    I'm in the same boat. I'd rather play SP games and talk about the awesome exp over a beer with mates rather than listen to more and more trash talking online.

    Singleplayer games are the bestest.

    I sometimes hope for games to be split into singleplayer/multiplayer releases, so that I can only buy what's relevant to my interests (the other part could be cheaper DLC or something), with the expectation that each component will be individually better.

    Thats good eric, now when are you guys going to release ep 3?

    you know this would be more convincing if they hadn't released 3 multi player only games in 3 years with there single player offerings being a 2 hour long puzzle game and a piece of episodic content.

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