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?
There have been various rumors surrounding Valve from when the hired one of the lead developers behind the popular Warcraft 3 mod DoTA. Many people think they may be developing a DoTA game with his help and this copyright lends some more truth to those rumors. Valve has recently filed for something called DOTA. For those not aware DoTA is essentially a competitive multiplayer RPG that takes place over one match.
Valve announced that Mac users can look forward to playing Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, the Half-Life series, and Counter Strike next month. Valve has announced they will be making steam available to Mac users.
“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients. The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services,” said Gabe Newell, company president of Valve.
The Mac version of steam will have all the features of the PC version in addition to a new one called Steam Play. This new feature allows consumers to download a title for free on the Mac version of Steam if they already purchased it on their PC steam account.
Valve plans on making MAC a “tier-1 platform”. Any titles released in the future by Valve, the first of which to be Portal 2, will be available on Mac the same day as the PC and Xbox 360 versions.
PC and Mac users will be running on the same servers, so PC and Mac users can play together in games like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. Because of this, Mac users will be getting the same update support that the PC version is getting, so no worries about it falling behind on updates.
Hopefully other developers will follow behind Valve and offer their games for Macs as well via Steam. The more games available the better!