Insomniac finished with single-player-only games

CEO Ted Price says he "can't imagine" studio will make any more single-player-only games; believes technology advancements have allowed for greater social play.

Ratchet & Clank and Resistance developer Insomniac Games is through creating single-player-only games. Speaking to GameSpot from the company's Burbank, California, office, CEO Ted Price said the industry has evolved to a point where multiplayer-only and social games are the new norm.

The game formerly known as Overstrike.

"I can't imagine that any game we'd do from here on out will be single-player-only," Price said. "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."

Price made it clear that Insomniac is not doing away with single-player in its games altogether, pointing to the company's new game Fuse being an example of its commitment to that area of development.

"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."

Insomniac launched a Facebook and mobile division called Insomniac Click last year, and released the Facebook game Outernauts in July through a partnership with Electronic Arts. The company's newest console game is Fuse, a four-player cooperative shooter due out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is Insomniac's first multiplatform game and was announced during the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo as Overstrike.

For more on Insomniac and its future, check out GameSpot's full interview with Price and just-published preview of Fuse.

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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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AhvrenStone
AhvrenStone

It would seem, given this news, that I am through with Insomniac.

LombaxHedgehog
LombaxHedgehog

Well, R&C:UYA and Deadlocked combined singleplayer and multiplayer pretty well, if they can pull that off It would probably be alright

Inferi-Fang
Inferi-Fang

I really don't think this is a good decision. Multiplayer is always fun with friends and family, but I'll choose single player over mp any day.

worlock77
worlock77

Good lord folks, if you don't like multiplayer then you don't have to play it. I rarely play MP, but I don't whine about it, since most games still have decent single player campaigns. I've been gaming for 30 years and never have I heard as much ceaseless whining, b*tching and complaining as I do from gamers these days. I don't know if it's because of the younger generation having an overbearing sense of entitlement or what, but it makes me almost embarrassed to associate with gaming.

darkspineslayer
darkspineslayer

This shit is why Call of Duty needs to die. Multiplayer is NOT the awnser!

cirugo
cirugo

one more developer that I can cross off the list of who I will buy games from.

phoenix_crow
phoenix_crow

I really hope other developers don't jump on this bandwagon. Saying that games NEED a multi player aspect forces a game designer to think multi player when they make the games.They could have the best idea out there but it won't be released because the higher ups won't clear it unless they think of some way to force MP into it.

The less flexibility you give the people making games the less innovation they can come up with. It is like telling the a painter to paint something but they can only use one type of brush.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I see this is their first PC game and since I only play singleplayer games and don't care about if there is multiplayer included, I doubt I will have any further interest in their games. There are far too many games out there for me (with a giant backlog nonetheless) to need to go with something that is only somewhat appealing.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Doesn't matter, haven't bought a single game they developed and their focus was consoles anyways, so no harm done to PC gaming.

 

Bye bye, EA doggie - of course this goes hand in hand with the news from DICE where they say that EA is innovative after EA said they want to innnovate.

Recently EA said there's no future in singleplayer, so this news post here was no surprise and simply a matter of time, coming from another studio on EA's leash of course.

 

Let's hope this helps to sink that ship (EA) faster.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Aw, man, this is not good for people like me who don't care for MP at all. The only games I ever have played with MP is Demon's and Dark Souls. This may be another step in what I fear greatly. I sometimes(actually, most of the time) hate the whole digital boom..

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

The thing is, it IS possible to have games where MP doesn't come at the expense of the singleplayer (eg. Red Dead Redemption) but it's just that most devs will not take the extra time and effort required to do it. Maybe Insomniac will be one of the good ones like Rockstar...but from listening to this guy talk, and if R&C All 4 One is anything to go by, I'm not hopeful.

cirugo
cirugo

as long as you're not forcing people online to play single-player ala Diablo 2 or the new SimCity then I really couldn't care less what your focus is.

fishnpeas1
fishnpeas1

Online gameplay would be amazing. if the bulk of people who play mp games weren't the mix of either completely mute people who don't like to speak during a game, or the complete gobsheits who talk utter nonsense. 

 

I fully jumped on board in the early xbox/ps2 days (socom was the place to be) but once this gen launched (for me anyway) people turned into retards online.

 

It is extremely rare that I touch the MP content on a game in the last couple of years, possibly because MP is no longer region locked - we all demanded that the regions be unlocked, and for me, it ruined it. 

 

I think half the problem with MP is that games get released at different times in different regions and by the time the UK is online, everyone else has already become gaming gods on whatever title it is, making your first few hours online horrendous.  EA also don't help the situation by letting you purchase your way to better kit on a lot of their titles. 

 

The last R&C game insomniac released was awful, and was ruined by the mp content. If they have truly walked away from R&C being a single player experience I'm sad to say I'll be letting the franchise go. 

 

MP should be included in a lot of games for those who want it, but if its at the expense of SP then I'll pass

 

Mabey I'm in the minority now, but I play SP to relieve stress, MP just generates it - is 35 getting to old for gaming?!? (after all I have been playing since the Amstrad days...)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

As long as there is a single player componet, and a co-op componet, On-line mulitplayer does not really have much of staying power beyond 6 months at most. Other than a few games On-line MP has a very short lifespan.

 

Seems these developers are in it for a quick cash in.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

I guess they're ready to get out of the game business, then.  Once you go online-only, you die very quickly.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Why?  Very few games with online actually get played.  Most people just play COD or BF3 online.  Well, at least on consoles.  A far wider range of games get played online on pc.  PC gamers don't stick to just one game.

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

What recent Insomniac game has been single player only anyway? The Resistance games had robust campaigns for an FPS and multiplayer and co-op.  Ratchet and Clank all 4 one had single player, couch co-op and multiplayer co-op.  Fuse seems like it is a slightly more serious sort of Ratchet and Clank game (from the one original trailer I saw).  Thus I am guessing and hoping it will have single player, and online and couch co-op.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

Those CEO's are so down to earth, they really know games!! They know so much what's good for us... Grats, I think they couldn't destroy an industry faster than they did... Gaming is already dead. Time to move on!

edinko
edinko

Well I would say that forced multiplayer is a form of DRM and what is eeven worse its a platform for constant dlc milking and money grubbing. He sees just $$$. There is no more to it.

Peltz999
Peltz999

The Witcher disagrees with this.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

EA approves of this.

 

Gamers?  Ehhhh, not so much.

oh_its_on
oh_its_on

i dont play well with others i much prefer a single player game never liked to have to rely on other people to play a game but sadly it seems like thats the way every developer is thinking these days i feel as though single player campaigns are going to suffer

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Well, so long as the focus is where it should be, I'm fine with this.

dman123_1
dman123_1

PEOPLE, stop thinking that social gaming is a phase, if that was the case, online console gaming wouldn't be as popular. This IS the future, I even think more things will be more social IE: televisions and shows integrated with social networking. That is not the say that a single player experience will die out. I doubt they will remove the single player option, but they will most likely not make single player only games.

rann89
rann89

Considering how games have been coming out in the last few years, people won't notice much difference. Single-player games selling for $60 and lasting all of two hours. All people want is a good campaign and the option to do it co-op. I don't understand why that's always been such a hard concept.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

its okay, we still have Dark Souls sequels to look forward to.  single player games aren't done yet..

Motroucet
Motroucet

At least they're not scrapping single-player campaigns all together; they're still gonna make a 'FUSE-ion' (haha pardon the pun) of both Multi and Single player. So I guess it's still all good. :)

soulless4now
soulless4now

This just makes me even sadder for the future of gaming. 

majema007
majema007

YEAH!! We would just LOVE having another boring social game that I'll probably sell after 10 minutes of play time over an amazing single player experience any day of the week! 

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

I think taking single-player only games off the drawing board completely is pretty stupid. Also all the people bitching about games becoming multiplayer only must not know a damn thing about the game industry since all MP only games (except for MMOs and F2P games) have die out years ago because publishers made devs shoehorn in unneeded single player in to games that should be multiplayer only. Example Battlefield 3

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

Wow. Making a worthy single player experience should not have to warrant extra development for multiplayer.

therebemonsters
therebemonsters

ugh..insomniac might be a great studio but i think their prespective of how the industry works and how to respond to it is very very dubious. why can't just try and do their own thing isntead of running after the ever illusive moneys? the money will come after..

 

i think they were in the right track with resistance 3, but resistance was plagued with a brand name that (sadly) no one cared anymore.. this is quite tragic..this new game that they are making looks so generic..

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Well I certainly don't like the sound of that. I mean, I enjoy playing games with my friends (Borderlands instantly comes to mind). But there are times when I prefer playing a game by my lonesome. Especially if it has a great storyline.

KingPevo
KingPevo

Hear Hear worlock77........... you all sound like games are made out of your own self entitlement, that developers are only thinking of you spotty faced teenagers bitching and whining in your dark bedrooms of what you want and dont want in games. Lets get one thing clear - they dont make games just to please you IT IS A BUSINESS !! They employ people, they contribute to the economy, they have to make money ! In order to do that they have to look to the future AND HAVE A BUSINESS STRATEGY ! ...so that means looking at market trends and being adaptable to change etc ..But you lot are far, far too stupid, naive and immature to understand that

KingPevo
KingPevo

You have just illustrated my point perfectly darkspineslayer.....

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

 @Uesugi-dono That is really where this stems from, I think a couple weeks ago or so some higher up at the evil EA said that basically EA would not be releasing any single player only games from now on.  Thus tacked on multiplayer in ME3 etc...

 

Now, I actually had some fun with ME3's multiplayer and I don't think it's addition took away from the single player campaign really so in that instance no big deal.  However, if all EA's games become CoD style games with 6 hour single player campaigns then I simply won't buy their games like I don't buy Activision's. 

 

EA and other publishers hope multiplayer will extend the amount of time the consumer keeps it before trading it in at Gamestop, however, that only works if the multiplayer is fun.  The second reason is sort of like DRM in that they also hope this means you will buy the game new or else they will sell you the multiplayer code for $10, but if you are just into the single player that shouldn't matter really.

 

So long as single player campaigns continue to be good I think it is a much less draconian way to combat used game sales than things like actual DRM, crappy DLC, etc.... With this model we consumers have more choices IMO.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

 @dman123_1

 Hell, single player only games are a rarity NOW.  I'm worried that what they REALLY mean is the days or playing a game while NOT connected to the internet are limited.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

 @dman123_1 The idea of watching TV with social networking is a pathetically far cry from sitting in the same room with friends. That' why social networking is largely bulls***. It's not actually at all social, it's just another artificial barrier in the way of real socialization.

 

Sorry, I realize you weren't really arguing *for* social networking, I just felt like ranting.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @majema007 lol do you realize that they are still going to make signal player games just not single player only gamers there is a difference one will have online and other one wont

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @SavoyPrime well you still can play those games by yourself just like borderlands all they are doing is putting MP in every game that they make for now but they will still have SP on them

camyers1310
camyers1310

funny you talk about socom. just dropped money on a slim ps2 and socom II. so i also dropped another $30 in old ps2 games because i figured i might as well..... and then i realize they shit socom servers down a few months ago. so disappointed.  

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

No single-player = multi-player only.  Multi-player only = online only (like anyone makes LAN games without internet games anymore).

majema007
majema007

 @shadowhunter0 I do. Just that chances are high that the single player experience will suffer due to tacked on multiplayer.