Multiplayer has been slowly triumphing over the single-player experience in recent years. Titles like Call of Duty are purchased, in many cases, completely for the multi-player experience, despite a polished single-player campaign. More and more companies are focused on adding in multi-player. But one company who may or may not come as as surprise is Valve. Journalist Geoff Keighly recently worked close with Valve on a Portal 2 iPad application that delved into the development of the title. According to Keighly, “Portal 2 will probably be Valve’s last game with an isolated single-player experience. Keighly says what this means “is something Newell is still trying to figure out.”
It’s been awhile since Valve has released a title that was completely single played focused. Portal and Half Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007 were the last titles they developed that were completely focused on single player. Since then, multiplayer titles like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead have dominated their line-up. What does this mean for franchises like Half-Life? They’re probably still coming… Eventually. But it sounds like no matter what the title is, you’ll have a way to play with a buddy.
As long as there is an option to play alone or offline in a more story driven experience, I don’t think there’s much of a problem with it. I would raise concerns over the ability to tell a story, but I think Valve has proven themselves able to do that well even in an online environment. Any concerns on your part?