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As far as Bethesda is concerned, single-player games are far from dead

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Dishonored

Every year, it feels like there’s at least one mention that single-player games are dead and buried. Every year when that statement is made, single-player games wake-up and kung-fu punch their way out of the cheap coffin they’ve been placed in, going full Kill Bill Volume 2 only without having to endure at least two hours worth of waffling.

2018 has been a prime example of the genre not just being alive and well, but kicking ass at the same time. God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Octopath Traveller are just a few examples of games rising to the challenge, and we haven’t even closed off the year yet with the sequels to Hitman and Red Dead Redemption.

What does the future hold though? Will developers ever cease focusing on single-player games and pump more resources into the potentially more lucrative fields where games exist as a service for new content and streams of revenue? With Bethesda releasing Fallout 76 soon, you’d think that at least one big name developer is bidding farewell to games where story comes first and online takes preference. Bethesda apparently, is far from done when it comes to making the kind of games that made the studio famous in the first place.

“We thought it was important to say: hey, new IP, single player, sci-fi thing coming, hey we are doing The Elder Scrolls 6 after that,” Bethesda senior vice president Pete Hines said in an interview with Eurogamer, addressing the lack of details regarding Starfield after it was briefly announced at E3 2018.

Eler Scrolls 6

So that people didn’t start spinning off on, like, that’s the end of single-player games from Bethesda Game Studios. Bethesda’s next big game after this is going to be Starfield, which is decidedly singleplayer, our next game as a publisher is going to be Rage 2—decidedly singleplayer. We’re also doing DOOM Eternal which does have multiplayer, but is pretty staunchly singleplayer.

As for the actual details on Starfield and the sixth Elder Scrolls? They are coming, but they’re going to be “a while from now and a really long while from now! Respectively.” The main gist of what Hines had to say, is that while Bethesda was still devoted to single-player games, the studio couldn’t help but experiment from time to time with a bit of multiplayer dabbling. Such experiences were “usually the result of our developers wanting to branch out and try different things,” a breath of fresh air for the studio that wasn’t the result of their parent company looking to make a quick buck, said Hines.

Rage 2

I want to add co-op to our game to see what it does. I want to add online—they want to expand their skillsets and try to bring different experiences to their games as well, because they’re creative and they want to push the boundaries and try new things.

Variety is the spice of life after all. There’s nothing wrong with a touch of the ol’ multiplayer, especially if it doesn’t detract from the meat of the game. When done right, multiplayer is essentially the sauce on that bun, adding flavour and something different to the final product. When it’s done wrong, it’s the onion rings on a gaming burger.

I’ve got no idea where I’m really going with this analogy, save for the fact that I hate onions. Anyway, single-player games aren’t dead, the genre is going to be around for a while and Bethesda will still remain as a vanguard for the kinds of games that you should raise your kids on. That’s what I call a happy ending.

Last Updated: October 9, 2018

27 Comments

  1. The day game developers stop single player games is the day I stop playing games. Period.

    Let me edit this. I’ll stop buying any new games and play all my old ones.

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  2. Magoo

    October 9, 2018 at 11:50

    What would the gaming space be without gems like Borderlands, Dying Light, Portal, Witcher 3. SP games won’t die, ever, and the less there are, the more hungry people will get for them.

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    • Kromas

      October 9, 2018 at 11:52

      And to keep with Bethesda. Games like Dishonored DOOM Skyrim and Fallout 3/4.

      That being said I am looking super forward to Fallout 76.

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      • Magoo

        October 9, 2018 at 12:02

        Dishonored, now that’s a beautiful game!

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      • G8crasha

        October 9, 2018 at 12:50

        I am so on the fence with Fallout 76! I love survival games, I love the lore and the worlds of Fallout, but I have not seen enough of the game to justify pulling out my wallet and coughing up for the game at release!

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        • Kromas

          October 9, 2018 at 13:05

          You do know since yesterday there is over 100 hours of gameplay on youtube. Also tons of commentary and views.

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          • G8crasha

            October 9, 2018 at 13:10

            Well, @Kromaswow:disqus I guess I fell by the wayside in the last few days. I suppose I have a lot of footage to sift through to possibly, readjust my impression!

          • Kromas

            October 9, 2018 at 13:12

            Yeah there was an event held at the green briar in west virginia and loads of youtubers went. They got to play for 3 hours and record.

    • Original Heretic

      October 9, 2018 at 11:54

      Right, Borderlands and Dying Light are awesome as SP games, but when you jam with mates, they’re even better.

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      • Magoo

        October 9, 2018 at 12:02

        Way better. But I think co-op falls under single player more than multiplayer, at least in the context at hand.

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        • CypherGate

          October 9, 2018 at 12:19

          It will be better until everyone has family responsibilities that conflict with ur gaming time.

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        • Pariah

          October 9, 2018 at 12:09

          For me, co-op is the best form of MP. Single player games don’t really fit with co-op for the most part. I couldn’t imagine playing Skyrim co-op, for example.

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          • CypherGate

            October 9, 2018 at 20:01

            There is nothing better than co-op or even local co-op I’m up for that anyday

        • CypherGate

          October 9, 2018 at 12:19

          It will be better until everyone has family responsibilities that conflict with ur gaming time.

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          • Pariah

            October 9, 2018 at 12:34

            I would choose family over gaming every day of the week.

          • CypherGate

            October 9, 2018 at 20:02

            And u totally agree with you on that. Maybe it’s because me and my wife compromise well with who does what, when etc. Some of my friends… Shame… The wives literally do nothing. They will work, come home with the little one from school, cook and all the wifey does is maybe sweep out. He makes supper as well. She’s a stay at home mom. When he wants a little him time then she makes excuses.

      • G8crasha

        October 9, 2018 at 12:27

        That’s if you have mates that play the same games as you. What about poor souls like me, whose friends don’t play games – the only games they play are reality and responsibility!

        Who wants to be my gaming friend!!!!????

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        • Pariah

          October 9, 2018 at 12:34

          What games do you play?

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          • G8crasha

            October 9, 2018 at 12:46

            I don’t commit to any one game. I tend to steer clear of MP games now although I used to be a part of the BF competitive scene (RsD was my clan), but it sucked too much of my free time with all the meetings, practice sessions and strategy sessions. So now, I get stuck into SP games, and if they have a co-op functionality, I avoid that, and not because I don’t want to play co-op, but simply because I do not have the patience to deal with complete strangers. I do miss the comradery of playing in a clan – joining pub servers, teaming up with my clan members, talking sh!t in teamspeak, having the confidence your team mates have you back and laying to waste opponents – all RsD clan members at the top of the log: positions 1 – 5!!!

  3. Original Heretic

    October 9, 2018 at 11:54

    SP games are always going to be awesome.

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    • G8crasha

      October 9, 2018 at 12:25

      I simply hate all the idiots that spoil an amazing story-driven game that has MP functionality because of human unpredictability. SP games allow the developer to control the game, and present it to the player the way they imagined it, hence, SP games will always be around IMHO. Unfortunately, so many humans are morons, so I refuse to accommodate them, so I’d take an SP game over an MP game any day.

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      • Pariah

        October 9, 2018 at 12:37

        PvP, I agree with you. It’s why I quit DOTA. As for co-op? I’m all for it, as long as you can find a good bunch to play with. No matter if they’re real life friends or elsewhere in the world. Remove yourself from the shit people and find the ones you connect with.

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    • Pariah

      October 9, 2018 at 13:57

      Well they won’t always be awesome, but there’s always a market for awesome SP games.

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      • Original Heretic

        October 9, 2018 at 14:02

        You’re being all pedantic and shit. Stoppit.

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        • Pariah

          October 9, 2018 at 14:09

          I’d apologise but I’m all for semantics. 😛

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  4. CypherGate

    October 9, 2018 at 12:17

    The day game developers stop single player games is the day I stop playing games. Period.

    Let me edit this. I’ll stop buying any new games and play all my old ones.

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    • HvR

      October 9, 2018 at 12:29

      If there is market there will be development.

      AAA devs pretty much stopped strategy game development couple of years ago and then the independent devs just picked it up and created awesome content leading to big dev houses to create gems like Xcom relaunch.

      Same with the 90’s old school click adventure games

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