Single player games gone by the end of 2014

Posted on Aug 18 2011 - 12:19pm by Julius

Traditional single-player only games will cease to exist by the end of 2014, says a veteran video game consultant. Mark Cerny, who has worked with Sony on the Ratchet & Clank, Spyro, Jak and Daxter, and Crash Bandicoot games, predicted that in three years, single player games won’t last “in a world with Facebook.”

“I believe the traditional single-player game experience will be gone in three years,” he told the audience at a behind-closed-door discussion panel that focus on the future of video games. “Right now you sit in your living room and you’re playing a game by yourself – we call it the sp mission or the single-player campaign. In a world with Facebook I just don’t think that’s going to last.”

The gaming veteran pointed to the action role playing game Demon’s Souls as an example of a single-player game in the future. He said that even though Demon’s Souls is a single player game, as the player walks through the world, they can see the ghosts of characters who died via the internet. It is like a mix of single player and online play.

“We’re talking five, 10 years out. I believe three years from now, if you aren’t doing that, you are being criticised in your reviews for your lack of innovation.”

Cerny also said that a game without connectivity to the internet would be seen a few years from now as unthinkable.

Do you think Cerny is right?


via: PSXtreme

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Josh August 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    HA! Yea, I'd like to see that. The day games go multi-player only, the video game market is going to crash. It like saying books can't exist in a world with internet and TV.

  2. Craig August 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I believe games without online content is definitely dead or dying, but there are still those linear story based games for the likes of Uncharted, that I think people will still want to play. Integration and hybrids are definitely a possibility.

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