Horizon Zero Dawn, the insanely good looking PlayStation 4 exclusive from Guerrilla Games, will not have a multiplayer mode. That, my friends, is rather surprising in a day and age where seemingly all shooters are required to feature an online, multiplayer element.
The game just doesn’t need it, according to the developer. Executive Producer Mark Norris spoke with IGN Latin America about the decision to skip multiplayer for Horizon Zero Dawn. As translated by GamingBolt, Guerrilla wants to focus purely on story building and their new IP.
“There are questions as to why a multiplayer will not do. The reality is that we are putting together a new IP. We are making a new franchise for the first time in 10 years and what we really want to do is improve the experience for the player. When you get to face these machines as Aloy, with this great character, who is the real star of the story and everything that happens, have this connection with her, what happens when you add the elements of multiplayer? You play as a supporting character? How does that work?…
Norris then compares the game to The Witcher 3.
…It is an action RPG with a single player experience. I think we’re similar in that way, we want this to be the story of Aloy. Although a multiplayer mode is great and maybe we can think of something for the future, we want Horizon Zero Dawn’s story to be about Aloy and it’s going to be fantastic when you play it.”
Yes, yes, yes, thank you.
Look, I enjoy multiplayer games. They’re good fun. However, not everything released today needs a multiplayer component to succeed, and that goes double for a game developers are trying to make stand as a storytelling effort. Save the resources for making a more compelling and engaging single player mode.
What do you think? Are you happy that Horizon Zero Dawn won’t feature a multiplayer mode.