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.
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?