Thank You, Metro: Last Light, For Not Shipping With Multiplayer

It's kind of faded into the background now that most people like to focus their anger on downloadable content, but for me, multiplayer has always been the biggest problem with modern, big-budget video games.

It just doesn't, for many games, need to be there. At all.

Sure, your big sports games and shooters need it, and many could ship featuring only multiplayer, but the need to cram online co-op or deathmatch modes into many story-driven titles, or genres that don't even work with more than one player, is a waste of a developer's time and resources.

From Spec Ops to Dead Space, it's pointless, so it's great to see the team behind the upcoming Metro: Last Light make the decision to drop multiplayer game modes and focus all their efforts on the game's singleplayer campaign.

A message posted on the game's official site reads:

Throughout the development of Metro: Last light a small, dedicated team had been working on a number of multiplayer prototypes. After E3, we decided to fold this multiplayer team back into the main group and focus 100% of the studio's resources on the single player campaign. As a result, Metro: Last Light will not ship with a multiplayer component.

Your response to our E3 demo made it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro's multiplayer, the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most.

The developers say the game's planned multiplayer modes (which were prototyped) could make it back in the form of post-release DLC, but again, I'd find it hard to understand why they'd bother when they could release singleplayer DLC instead.



    Great decision, but still can't wait for all the review sites to mark the game down due to "lack of options/longevity".

      So true. I can just see IGN's review now, "lack of multiplayer and not being a COD title. 7.5.

    First Dishonored, now Last Light. This needs to happen more often.

    I'm more interested in seeing co-op than "multiplayer" for most games.

      Split-screen Co-op.

        Sorry I only play on PC. Split screen is so 1998 :p

      Me too, oh my gosh. I get really stressed during competitive multiplayer, no matter how casual the actual game is. But I LOVE co-op! And split screen co-op too, for when I have mates at my house.

    Even though I know this is just THQ trying to save money, I applaud their decision, and I hope many more publishers allow developers to follow suit.

    Down with multiplayer BWWWHAHAHAAAAAA

    Games now a days (geez i feel so old sayin that) are too bent on being generic. Nothing says generic like tacked on, crap multiplayer.
    Kudos (and possibly cooties) out to the devs who don't add crap multiplayer

    Now to get tacked on singleplayer out of myultiplayer games too and the world will be awesome (im looking at you Battlefield! )

    I think Mass Effect 3 is probably going to end up as the high water mark for single-player games which got WTF multiplayer add-ons (yes ME3 multiplayer was kind of fun and yes I played it for a bit past the point where I needed to for 100% readiness, and no it didn't affect my decision to buy the game one iota... and I might have enjoyed the game more if they'd spent that much time on more single-player content and making more of my past decisions matter worth a damn).

    I'm also constantly amazed that the Uncharted series has multiplayer, although I always end up playing that for about two days after I finish the single player game.

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