Metro: Last Light drops multiplayer to focus on campaign

Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager recently raged against being forced to include multiplayer in its single-player-focused game, received with whoops and cheers by the peanut gallery. If only more games could go undiluted! Huzzah, then, that Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has dropped plans for adding multiplayer to Metro 2033's sequel, choosing instead to focus its resources on the single-player campaign.

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Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager recently raged against being forced to include multiplayer in its single-player-focused game, received with whoops and cheers by the peanut gallery. If only more games could go undiluted! Huzzah, then, that Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has dropped plans for adding multiplayer to Metro 2033's sequel, choosing instead to focus its resources on the single-player campaign.

"Your response to our E3 demo made it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro's multiplayer, the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most," 4A explained on its blog (via Joystiq).

4A said that multiplayer never went beyond prototyping, so it had never diverted too much attention from the campaign for it. 4A hinted it "could potentially return" to multiplayer after launch, but "Right now we're 100% focused on the single player campaign and not thinking beyond that."

As for why it planned to make multiplayer in the first place, 4A said, "We are gamers at the studio and really wanted to bring the world of Metro to life in a multiplayer environment. It was a decision made by us at 4A from the outset and THQ have since been supportive every step of the way, including our decision to put multiplayer on hold."

Metro: Last Light is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 between January and March of 2013.

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    October 15, 2012 7:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Metro: Last Light drops multiplayer to focus on campaign.

    Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager recently raged against being forced to include multiplayer in its single-player-focused game, received with whoops and cheers by the peanut gallery. If only more games could go undiluted! Huzzah, then, that Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has dropped plans for adding multiplayer to Metro 2033's sequel, choosing instead to focus its resources on the single-player campaign.

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      October 15, 2012 7:40 AM

      Good, get the hint EA? I DON'T NEED MULITPLAYER IN DEAD SPACE YOU TOOLS

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        October 15, 2012 3:49 PM

        we do need mullet player, though.

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      October 15, 2012 7:55 AM

      Awesome, this is a smart move [claps]

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        October 15, 2012 8:07 AM

        valcan i am also torqued about this!!!

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          October 15, 2012 8:15 AM

          Same, the game should be crazy quality I hope so, it takes balls for a shop to make a call like this considering that most believe MP is where its at and has to be included.

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      October 15, 2012 7:57 AM

      Ive had Metro pre ordered since June after E3. I couldnt care about MP, I loved the SP from 2033.I cannot wait. I wouldnt expect the MP to show up after the release. If it is released it better be free.

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      October 15, 2012 8:04 AM

      COD and Halo developlers must be relieved

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      October 15, 2012 8:11 AM

      Ah good. Some games just don't need MP. I would much rather have a fully focused heavily atmosphered SP game any day of the year.

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      October 15, 2012 8:26 AM

      Fuck multiplayer.

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      October 15, 2012 8:49 AM

      Good, focus on the claustrophobic and atmospheric single player campaign.

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      October 15, 2012 9:51 AM

      THANK YOU!

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      October 15, 2012 10:17 AM

      I wonder if Last Light will bring current PCs to their knees like the first game did when it came out.

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        October 15, 2012 12:10 PM

        I hope so. When Metro 2033 first came out I had an ATi HD 4870 and an Nvidia 9800GT for PhysX and my machine absolutely did not like it. I finally upgraded to an AMD HD 7970 this month and hoping to get a 650Ti or GTX 480 for PhysX. I just replayed Metro 2033 without PhysX and man DX11 sure makes a difference, Metro is an amazing game.

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      October 15, 2012 3:32 PM

      Best news all day.

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      October 15, 2012 3:50 PM

      Good.

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      October 15, 2012 4:24 PM

      Didn't even know Last Light had MP in the works. It didn't belong in stalker and it doesn't belong in metro.

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      October 15, 2012 5:41 PM

      Now I want to buy this game just to support the developer/publisher. Throwing MP into every game that doesn't really need it is a pet peeve of mine. Drives me crazy.

      Of course the game looks cool too...

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      October 15, 2012 5:54 PM

      Fantastic. I have no interest in MP from Metro. Loved 2033's SP though. My personal all-time favourite SP experience.

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      October 15, 2012 6:45 PM

      Smart move! Leave MP to those who do it best (BF series, COD series, TF, CS and the like). I want an awesome single player experience. The single player is much more important to me. Cannot wait for this title to be released. One of the few games I'll pay full price for based on my previous experience with the title.

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      October 15, 2012 6:47 PM

      YAY!!!!