Consultant Predicts The Death Of Single-Player Experiences
We're always worried about it. But in some ways, we have to disagree with such dire predictions.
With the multiplayer boom stronger than ever and gamers often accusing developers of a lacking single-player focus, many are wondering if solo campaigns will eventually bite the dust. Well, according to veteran game consultant Mark Cerny, they will.
In speaking to Eurogamer, Cerny predicted that the single-player experience will be extinct in three years. This is depressing for those of us who have never been bitten by the multiplayer bug, but maybe we'll be forced to accept it. Said Cerny:
"I believe the traditional single-player game experience will be gone in three years. Right now you sit in your living room and you're playing a game by yourself – we call it the sp mission or the single-player campaign. In a world with Facebook I just don't think that's going to last.
We're already seeing the wall starting to crumble a bit. Demon's Souls, even though on one level it's a single-player game, as you're walking through the world you're seeing the ghosts of everybody who died in that world via the internet. You can leave messages for them. They can leave messages for you. There's actually a boss you fight in that game which is controlled by another player."
As an example of Cerny's theory, Nintendo recently submitted a patent application for a "massively single-player game," which the consultant calls "kind of Orwellian." He says that games without other players will be "unthinkable given how connected we're becoming," and at the end of the day, the world may never see Single Player vs. AI again. At least, not in the purest form.
And perhaps, when that does does come, I drop the controller forever.
8/17/2011 3:05:34 PM Ben Dutka