Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Has No Multiplayer; Here's Why

Single player thrived with an action-packed campaign, but a lot of players saw its multiplayer as more of an afterthought - though some appreciated the feature.

Strong single-player games appeal to many gamers and they sell well even if they are linear and don't offer much replay value aside from varying difficulty settings.

Fans of the Wolfenstein series know well enough that the main focus of the series has always been the story.

"The only way we can create these super immersive narrative experiences is if we can exclusively focus on the single-player", said narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. This is in direct contradiction to the recent trend that EA and other publishers are following, which is "more multiplayer and more microtransactions". As a result, Wolfenstein 2 won't have a multiplayer mode, because it would "dilute" the story.

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He explained why the studio decided to make this sacrifice: "The only way we can create these super immersive narrative experiences is if we can exclusively focus on the single-player". That's the danger if you try to do two things at once.

Like it or not, Bethesda may be the only big publisher that is now supporting single-player games. After all, this is what makes the game great according to Tommy.

So, there you have it.

Do you wish the game featured both aspects with a single and multiplayer experience, or are you happy with a deep narrative? In the case of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, developers can devote all of their time to making sure that the story and gameplay are stellar in the campaign. The Nintendo Switch version will come out some time next year.



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