Before I made this post I wanted to make sure others were thinking the same thing I was, and sure enough they are. A recent post on PSXExtreme made the notion that single player games are seemingly making a resurgence this year, and well, I tend to agree.
Already this year we’ve had quite a few great single player experiences in both the triple-A and indie markets. The Order: 1886 on PS4, Ori and the Blind Forest on Xbox One and a number of top-notch PC exclusives like Sunless Sea, The Talos Principle and Pillars of Eternity.
And there’s still more to come.
In just a few weeks we’ll be returning to the wonderfully crafted world that Machine Games made for Wolfenstein with Old Blood and shortly after that we’ll be indulging in the wide world that is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It seems that developers have finally come to realize that tacked-on multiplayer experiences just won’t cut it and that their resources are much better used on either one portion of the game or the other.
The list goes on for single player only titles though in 2015: Mad Max, Just Cause 3, Batman: Arkham Knight, ADR1FT, Until Dawn… just to name a few.
Better yet, the narratives that single player games are offering are starting to shine, with more work put into the story, characters and settings allowing for much more immersive and connective experiences. This trend of better storytelling was seen near the end of the PS3 and Xbox 360 era with games like The Last of Us and Bioshock: Infinite, but tapered off a bit at the start of this generation with lackluster exclusives like Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadowfall and Ryse (although I actually really liked Ryse’s story, the rest of the industry didn’t apparently).
There’s still a lot left to be announced this year so it’ll be quite interesting to see how many more developers return to the single player only route. Just this week another major single player only title was announced for that matter: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. As far as I can tell, the only multiplayer games that seem to make it anymore are the ones with established fanbases behind them or those looking to offer something entirely new. Unfortunately for games like Evolve, that just wasn’t enough.
What do you think? Is 2015 the year of single player games? Let us know in the comments section!