Metro: Last Light ditches multiplayer

4A Games' upcoming shooter drops competitive multiplayer component; company says it was only in prototype form and could release as DLC.

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Metro: Last Light will not ship with a competitive multiplayer component, as had been originally planned, developer 4A Games explained on its website. A representative from the company revealed that multiplayer for Metro: Last Light never much of a focus for the studio anyway.

"We never dedicated too many resources to the MP component beyond prototyping; it never entered full production," reads a line from the statement. "By making the decision when we did, we think the single player campaign will benefit as a result."

The statement goes on to say that it was "probably a mistake" to have announced the multiplayer component in the first place. However, just because multiplayer will not ship with Metro: Last Light, the possibility was left open for it to arrive later.

"Right now we’re 100 percent focused on the single-player campaign and not thinking beyond that," the statement explains. "We don’t like throwing away work though. [Metro: Last Light multiplayer is] a project we could potentially return to after Metro: Last Lightships."

Lastly, the developer confirmed that this news will not affect the release of Metro: Last Light, which is slated for sometime during early 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more on Metro: Last Light, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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aetheriusranger
aetheriusranger

Look I truly love metro 2033 its freaking amazing. Ive played it in every difyculty in every language available. But thats just the thing its a great SP game but like all SP games you play it and get all the achievements (if youre a guy like me) and learn every dang secrete and every dang easter egg and every dang way to get all the stuff and after that the game is just well a bit boring. im not saying metro sucks for me now cause trust me its not the case but its no longer the same. I didnt want a competetive multiplayer cause ive got enough of those but i wanted a cooperative one. imagine playing with ur buddies as rangers doing certain missions  that save the whole metro from some catastrophy in every mission and theyre really challenging so you need to play as a team. and a survival mode in which you play as military guards defending the station from waves of monsters or defending a trade check point or communications line ( you get  the point by now). i just think it would make the game much more longer and hells alot more fun. I know most of you will disagree but before you judge my opinion think about those coop modes.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

They scrap multiplayer and Wii U. I like them more and more.

BoSPaladin
BoSPaladin

Ah, slightly disappointing, but hey, if they want to focus on SP, more power too them.I do hope they put in multiplayer at a later point, if possible.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

Nice Im glad that some games are realizing that multiplayer isn't everything.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

you dont buy the metro games for multiplayer anyways...

santinegrete
santinegrete

Now can you imagine how much place and resources this will leave to polishing the campaign? Now I want this game more than ever!

CyberLips
CyberLips

Wow has this ever been done before? Maybe there is still hope! :D

GeorgeSyll
GeorgeSyll

That's good news. Here's a game developer that's worth my money. They sure do know what they're doing. Well done

Master_cheat001
Master_cheat001

FPS games should not have Multiplayer IMO. It is easy to get bored and repetive. The developers should invest in Co-op elements and make games that make gamers think teamwork is always a good idea (very educational, eh?). Also, a strong story line is the best. Don't do good gameplay but predictable and forgettable one.

WCK619
WCK619

Nobody likes tacked on multiplayer. Every gamer acknowledges that multiplayer is way too often a feature they shoehorn in desperately attempting to create replay value for story-driven single player campaign game. You won't hear anyone complaining about a game like this lacking a multiplayer component. There will only be praise for dropping it.

 

So that begs the question, why don't more companies do this? If you're designing a single player campaign game, tell the press you had been designing a multiplayer component that was cut from the final product. There's no downside to it. Even people who don't care about your game will like you more for it.

firehawk998
firehawk998

You know what I am happy with this news and I think that at the back of the box 4A games should write the words " No shoehorn MP mode in this game"

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Hmmm... This game just got interesting. A developer that says no to tacked on MP at the cost of SP is a rare and beautiful thing IMO.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have no idea if this game will be good or not, but I am pretty sure it won't be massively popular. So maybe when a more played game takes out multiplayer someone will notice and we won't be hit with it for every damn game. I know this is a fantasy that will not happen any time soon.

Kasun_John
Kasun_John

Nice. But not enough for predict more

 

Takeno456
Takeno456

I wise decision for a game that should be pretty impressive.

SpyderWeiss
SpyderWeiss

Fine with me, I'd only be playing single player anyway.  I will not be changing my pre-order because of this :)

buzznugget
buzznugget

Oh well.  I was hoping someone could hold a light for me while I check my clip board.

twyz
twyz

Good. Not every game needs to have tacked on multiplayer.

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

Would prob be an interesting setting and of course atmosphere for MP but I too care much more about the SP. If 4A does end up releasing a MP DLC, I would prob only be on board if it were free or a minimal charge.

Dumper1
Dumper1

Great, a rare piece of good news for people who aren't interested in multiplayer.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

It's a shame that some of the development time has already been wasted but it's good to hear that they have come to their senses.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Something im glad to hear

BuBsay
BuBsay

Good, Metro 2033 was one of the most underrated shooters last year and one of the few that truly stayed to form rather than pandering to multiplayer addicted casual gamers.

 

Story and interesting gameplay over repetitive grindy multiplayer any day of the week for me personally.

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

what a crock...they just wanna sell MP like rockstar did with max payne 3.

 

now EVERYONES gonna do that

shureshot24
shureshot24

Metro 2033 was one of the best single player FPS I have played in awhile that did not have any kind of RPG element attached. I'm glad to see that 4A decided that were gonna keep it that way with the next installment. Its refreshing to see a game that does not have an obviously tacked on multiplayer mode in order to please a market that never played the first game. I will buy this I just hope its a little longer than Metro 2033. 

SolidTy
SolidTy

It's unfortunate, but they have to do what they have to do.

 

Make the best SP game they can.

 

I wonder what is going on behind the scenes?

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

I'm gonna go ahead and blame them having to add a Wii U port to their development slate for this happening.

 

Yet another very good reason to hate the Wii U.

Gary_Stanton
Gary_Stanton

Some games just don't lend well to multiplayer (Lost Planet).

4A Games, you take out that Multiplayer  you go out and make the best single-player campaign you possibly can (Like 2K with Bioshock)

 

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

Best news I've heard in a while.  Gives me hope that there are still gamers making decisions at software studios.

jcopp72
jcopp72

this game is looking even better with no multiplayer

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Zelda has no multiplayer. Some of the best games in history are single player only. Give me a break CoD/Halo fans... Not every game needs an online MP.

ztron370
ztron370

I think it's a good thing that 2k didn't make a taked on multiplayer for Metro.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Elder scrolls and Fallout proved online stuff isn't necessary.

KillaGinjaNinja
KillaGinjaNinja

Metro 2033 had an awesome single player campaign and personally, this is what is drawing me to the sequel in the first place. I hate the notion that's being espoused by so many publishers that every game must have a multiplayer component to be successful. I'd rather they focus their resources on making a single player campaign that's awesome, than have a sp campaign that's average and a multiplayer option that would likely be outshone by the plethora of online multiplayer shooters already available anyway. In terms of replayability, if a storied campaign is well executed, multiplayer isn't even necessary. I replayed Metro 2033 at least 4-5 times and enjoyed every play-through, discovering new secrets each time. Cheers.

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

And not a single damn was given that day.

JudgeSim
JudgeSim

no multiplayer = no replay value = no 50 dollars from me

MTHoodlum423
MTHoodlum423

@Master_cheat001  Apparently you do not play FPS's at a competitive level. Nothing about FPS's multiplayer gets boring when you are playing on teams in tournaments. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @Trickymaster I'm a huge Halo fan and I don't think every game needs MP, and I wish CoD and Halo had longer and more substantial campaigns.

Falzonn
Falzonn

 @JudgeSim I'm actually gonna not trash this guy for saying that.  Metro was a good game, but I didn't play through it more than once.  Same with Bioshock 1 & 2.  Multiplayer (when done well) CAN be a boon.  It DOES add replayability for many people.  Nothing wrong with that.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

 @JudgeSim 

personally speaking, I bought the first game day one and I beat it 4 times. Plenty of replay value if you love the game.

Dumper1
Dumper1

 @JudgeSim What do you think people did with games before multiplayer came along?

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

 @JudgeSim The sign of a great game is when you actually want to go back and replay it; every so often, I bust out Ninja Gaiden I because it was THAT awesome (I think I'm at 5 or 6 playthroughs...), and it doesn't have a second of multiplayer.  As far as I'm concerned, by adding multiplayer to everything, it allows designers to cheap out on the rest of the game.

Altazen
Altazen

 @JudgeSim funniest comment ever.  no multiplayer = no replay value. lol

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

 @JudgeSim How is there no replay value? You play a game to enjoy it, not to burn through and go "THERE, FINISHED!" If you enjoyed it you play it again.

Multiplayer is just shooting people on the same maps, with the same guns over and over, but that apparently is worth more replay value.