Valve ‘Probably’ Finished with Isolated Single-Player Experiences

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?


(Via: Kotaku)

5 thoughts on “Valve ‘Probably’ Finished with Isolated Single-Player Experiences”

  1. I am no multi-player gamer. Valve has made just about every multi-player game I’ve ever found fun.

    Unfortunately, this still makes me really concerned. I love Valve’s single-player games/the isolated single player experiences they bring. I don’t want them to be taken out of the game or implemented in other ways. The only way that I would accept this is if it was co-op, and even then that might not be a good idea. Co-op often brings with it lag, and a lot of it in some cases. I don’t want to have to deal with lag every time I want to play Half Life 3 or something. Anyways, half of the time you play a co-op game you play with idiots or get in stupid fights with the other person and end up just shooting at/annoying each other and not actually playing the game. Sure, you can play with friends, but even then the same problems come up.

    I just hope that whatever they choose to do will still make it just as fun for a gamer like me as it has always been with Valve games.

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