Insomniac Doing Away With Single-Player Only Games

For those of you that have been keeping an eye on the gaming industry as of late, you may have been noticing the flurry of multiplayer-only games are becoming more and more of the norm. Not only that, but casual gamers that play games on Facebook are being considered part of the gaming culture, as I have never considered them part of it in the slightest.

Nevertheless, it seems that Insomniac Games has read the tea leaves and figured that is how everything is going, so they will follow suit. Developers of games like Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, will no longer make games that focus solely on single-player games. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, every game out there has a multiplayer option.

“I can’t imagine that any game we’d do from here on out will be single-player-only,” Price told GameSpot. “The [game industry] has changed. As gamers, we have always been social, but thanks to the way technology has evolved, it’s much easier for us to play together. And it’s much easier for developers to create experiences where you can play together. So we want to encourage that with all of our games because ultimately, in my opinion, it’s often more fun to play with a friend.”

What cracks me up is the fact that he says gamers are social but that is beside the point. Price wants everyone to be sure that doesn’t mean they won’t be doing away with single-player games completely while plugging the company’s new game, Fuse, as an example.

“We understand that a large portion of players are interested in that single-player experience. A lot of us gamers are interested in both,” he said. “I love single-player games but I also love multiplayer games, and I think that Fuse offers you the opportunity to do both without having to skimp on either side.”

Again, this doesn’t surprise me as many games (that had no connection to a multiplayer outing) were doing that same thing in their latest outings. Yes, I’m looking at you Uncharted 3 and Max Payne 3. To me, it seems that there is much to do about nothing in regards to multiplayer, with the exception of MMOs and FPS, there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for multiplayer.

To me, I look at this as a new gimmick and remind me of the attempt the film industry made by adding 3D to every major tentpole film they released in theaters. It worked for a long while, but as we have seen this past summer not everyone is remaining on that bandwagon.


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