Bethesda didn't want to "force" multiplayer into new Wolfenstein

Publisher says it never pushed Machine Games to include a multiplayer component in upcoming shooter.

Some fans may have been miffed to learn the upcoming first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order would not include a multiplayer component, but according to Bethesda, such a mode didn't fit in with Machine Games' creative vision for the game.

"We talked to Machine Games about the game they wanted to make, and multiplayer wasn't in their thought process," Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines told Eurogamer.

He explained that just because past games in the Wolfenstein series did include multiplayer, that doesn't mean all entries must.

"We're not going to force it down their throats and say, 'Well, the last games did, so you have to do it.' These guys do cool stuff," Hines said. "If you look at The Chronicles of Riddick or you look at The Darkness, those games have a creative element to them that is similar to the things they're doing in Wolfenstein, and that's what attracted us to them, and that's what attracted us to their vision of Wolfenstein."

"And we said, 'OK, run with that.' We're not going to say, 'Oh, we'll find somebody else to do the multiplayer.'"

Bethesda is no stranger to publishing high-profile single-player-only games. The studio is also behind franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Dishonored.

Wolfenstein: The New Order launches for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC later this year.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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JimmyJumpy
JimmyJumpy

Finally a company that uses common sense...

stevo367
stevo367

Now if we can just get certain companies to stop forcing always online crap then we are making great progress.  Kudos to Bethesda for actually making something their target audience wants.and not just adding unnecessary elements because everybody else does it too.

xfiles2099
xfiles2099

This is going to be a great game but where is Fallout 4

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

thank you thank you thank you


DarthLod
DarthLod

Good, leave MP where it belongs....out of my games. Tired of it.

snaketus
snaketus

Good, very good! Multiplayer suffered inflation in this generation.

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

Maybe better this way, after the last Wolfenstein MP was horrid. The original Xbox Wolfe MP was on point. I cannot say the same for the 360 version.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

And this is why Bethesda is a good publisher, while the likes of EA, Ubisoft, and Activision are garbage.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

How can you "force" MP on a First Person Shooter?!  Its as natural as a bee on a flower...I can see Naughty Dog saying that about Last of US...but they managed to get out a decent MP game.  For shame Bethesda...

PesmergaYuber
PesmergaYuber

Personally I can understand why they did this. There are a ton of games that offer very good multiplayer experiences, if you want it go play one of those. I think Bethesda made the right choice multiplayer is not what they are known for.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

Nice. Pure single player like Fallout and Skyrim. Very nice. *throws money at screen for PS4 version*

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

I kinda always viewed wolfenstein games as multiplayer focused games.  Strange decision, but I guess this is what fans want so...?

drgribb
drgribb

lol how do you not have deathmatch in a wolfenstein game... didn't the original wolfenstein invent deathmatch?

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

yay, you're saints boo multiplayer yada yada.

Im kind of getting tired of this. I mean yeah its good that they realise they didnt have anything to offer in making a multiplayer so they didn't bother to make one, but Im really getting tired of people coming out and saying pah multiplayer, we told the man to stick it! and looking for a cookie

tightwad34
tightwad34

Um, yeah, seeing how Bethesda doesn't put multiplayer in with Fallout and Elder Scrolls, I wouldn't expect them to want to force anyone else to do so. Another pointless article by......

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Really glad to see this.  Personally, I play multiplayer for about 30 minutes and realize I'm just doing the same thing over and over again. Leveling up and perks aside, there's no sense of progression.  Plus, activity tapers off in most games' multiplayer aspects after a couple of months, making the feature useless for those who buy the game late.  Good on Machine Games. 

randomcage
randomcage

disappointing as ET was the shit but there's no sense in crowbarrring it in if you're going to do it half arsed like with the first darkness and even the last wolfenstien's multiplayer wasn't anything special. that said i hope they can get another dev in to do some ET as a free add on or something

lazzdamian666
lazzdamian666

come on this game should be multiplayer all of way ,what kind of shit is this?

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

I'm not a big fan of bad multiplayer either but...um....you do realize this is WOLFENSTEIN we're talking about here?

Martyr77
Martyr77

Good they can use the resources on the single player campaign. You know the real game.

onixevil
onixevil

You everybody shouldn't care about the game to be fall . Andreas himself talk about the other big bluster malty player franchises that he didn't care about their success and their prevalence .He just want to build the best single player experience on his way " as the original darkness developer" and success based on the way he want to play it as a rich single player game .

CptMorgan21
CptMorgan21

Don't want a crappy multiplayer anyway.  Better to spend their time on a great single player experience, that's longer than 5 hours

onixevil
onixevil

I don't care if Kevin give it 7.5 .It's still the game that we love since the smoothness of my nails .

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Yeah, but it's a first person shooter.  Bragging about not having multiplayer in a shooter makes as much sense as bragging about not having multiplayer in a fighting game.

kbaily
kbaily

You know what? Good for them.  I'm sick of seeing games with perfectly good single player experiences get gimped because someone saw CoD or Halo and said "well we HAVE to have multiplayer."  I remember hearing the same thing about Metroid Prime 3 despite MP2's multiplayer being crap.  Don't even get me started on those idiots complaining how the original Bioshock needed multiplayer.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Some fans may have been miffed to learn the upcoming first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order would not include a multiplayer component" And some fans, like me, were like "Whatever, I don't care about the multiplayer anyway, good riddance". I could of course be more enthusiastic about the lack of multiplayer, but I don't think the singleplayer portion always suffers from the need (almost OCD in some cases) to have multiplayer. The game's not gonna get twice as good without a multiplayer mode, it just means that I'll play 100 % of what it offers.

nirzor07
nirzor07

Don't care if it has MP or not..since I don't have the luxury of a stable net connection I play SP games only

mattcake
mattcake

Good, MP is overrated and it's always the same old games which get the fanbase anyway. You need to design your game around MP for it to be any good, just bolting it onto an SP game is a waste of everyone's time and money. Just don't do it.

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

this looks ok but i`m going to say this for those of you supporting the no mp. you are not aloud to say later after it comes out that the game sucks.for any reason.

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@Gravity_Slave  

you force multiplayer by tacking it onto a single player game and taking away resources.

btw, my console is segregated.  it won't have any of that multi filth corrupting and infecting it.

multiplayer games should be banished to their own weaker console.

quakke
quakke

@Gravity_Slave 

You can easily force mp in a game. Just look these few recent years with many games adding mp even though no one asked for it. I know these ain't all FPS but that's just because few years i've stayed away from FPS because all of them have been made for callodoody brats who do not survive without hp regen, ADS and lame covershoot pattern.

Games that have forced in mp. Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 5/6, Dead Space 3, Wolfenstein 2009.. Bottomline is, mp is forced in when you have a game that has sub-par campaign/sp and a pointless feeling mp tacked in.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Deadly_Nemesis 

So true.  I actually find it amazing that soo many people despise MP.  You'd think they want to extend the length and use of their game.  Replayability and what not.  But no, these socially inept hermits cry and cry because they can't handle online competition...Thats the truth of it..

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@tightwad34 seriously they don't force in multiplayer, and apparently don't bug fix their games....skyrim is full of bugs like a mofo, 3dlc's in and still none of it is fixed.  But ask them if they'll dumb down a game for mass appeal and they'll have no problems

X-Robert
X-Robert

@lazzdamian666  A. The developer is not good at multiplayer. B. Betheda the publisher seems to be cursed when multiplayer is involved. And C. when paying homeage to Wolfenstein, multiplayer is not the key part. Come on, it is not like Id is making a Doom without deathmatch.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

@2bitSmOkEy Gets that some people prefer that they focus on the single player features. :)

Campaigns are always more fun than death-matches, IMO.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

@X-Robert @Goyoshi12 I'm not, you idiot. This is Wolfenstein we're talking about here; you know, Return to Castle Wolfenstein? One of the best multiplayer games out there? I suppose the new Wolfenstein or any new ones that come will probably not be as good as RtCW but I'm surprised people are writing off multiplayer so quickly here when it could have been something really special.

In the hands of the right developer, games can have great single player AND great multiplayer. The two don't have to be mutually exclusive; you can have both of them. Of course since multiplayer is the thing to hate on nowadays it doesn't surprise me that the comments are like what they are. I wouldn't be surprised if a multiplayer centric game (Quake/Unreal) was coming out with a remake and the remake scraps multiplayer and people cheer for that.

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

@offspring94 it like when people don`t vote and a person get in that screws everything up. well the way see it you didn`t vote so it`s your fault the idiot got in. :)

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

@Hurvl  I`m say this it`s about being respectful and have a code of ethic. which a lot of gamers are seriously lack. I never complain about games nor do I put them down cause I have respect enough to know that some people may like it. i`m not a fan of cod. but I don`t go around bashing it for those that do like it.

as for mp in games a game is still game with or with out it.i see mp as just an extra mode you can play in game. it never effects the sp mode or for that matter sp never effects mp.cause there so seperates games within the game. tomb raider is an example of this so is the last of us.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@resident_jisen @offspring94 But when we vote with our wallets, we can and do say if it sucks. If I bought something that I didn't like (even if I was one the MP haters you refer to) I am allowed to say that it sucks, because I thought my money was wasted. If I don't buy it, then I won't know for sure if it sucks, but I show my dislike/indifference toward that game and "vote" not to elect that game. 

Besides, this is the internet, you can't keep people from complaining, even if they have no reason to complain. Tell them what you just wrote and see how efficient it is in preventing them to say if anything sucks.