In a bold move that the team at 4A Games says could ultimately improve their upcoming shooter Metro: Last Light, a previously announced multiplayer mode has been dropped in lieu of spending more time on the single player experience.
“After E3, we decided to fold this multiplayer team back into the main group and focus 100 percent of the studio’s resources on the single player campaign. As a result, Metro: Last Light will not ship with a multiplayer component.”
At about the time of E3 2012, 4A Games announced they were working on a multiplayer portion for the Russian post-apocalyptic shooter. After receiving some feedback, however, the team said they found that most people cared about the single-player aspect of the game.
The team also said the multiplayer “could potentially return” to the game at a later date, citing their reluctance to scrap an entire project. They also said that they were the sole reason behind the removal of the mode, saying that the game’s publisher THQ has “since been supportive every step of the way.”
“In hindsignt, it was probably a mistake to announce (multiplayer) when we did, but we’re an enthusiastic team and wanted to be open about what we were making!”
According to the developers, only a “small, dedicated team” were working on a couple early builds of the multiplayer at the time the decision to cut the multiplayer was made.
“Fortunately we never dedicated too many resources to the (multiplayer) component beyond prototyping – it never entered full production. By making the decision when we did, we think the single-player campaing will benefit as a result.”
One has to wonder why Metro: Last Light was considered for a multiplayer portion to begin with. With long-established online multiplayer series like Call of Duty and Battlefield dominating the oversaturated first-person shooter marketplace, any chance at an online community congregating around 4A Games’ title could have been slim.
Metro: Last Light is still expected to hit shelves early next year for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Source: Enter the Metro