Was I the only one who noticed how games seem to be really focusing on multiplayer? Even games that have traditionally been single player?
I'm curious to hear how our communities feel about this. Stardock is taking a big bet on Star Control: Origins. It is a single player game (other than Fleet Battles of course). The game is about you. I personally have no interest in multiplayer RPG games these days.
So what's the deal? What do you guys think?
The only games I play are single player.
I'm with you. I like many people I meet on the internet on forums and such, but gamers you match up with in multiplayer games tend to be dicks and I really have no desire to play many multiplayer games anymore - I lament the dearth of strong story-driven single player games, which is one of the reasons I'm so jazzed for SCO.
The strong MP push these days is partly to drive social gaming, but also partly because it's a lot easier for developers to make a big sandbox and throw everyone into it and not have to put in the effort to make decent stories and AIs to interact with players and so on. It's lazy (that's another reason there are so many zombie games, you can get away with dumb AI behavior with zombies that you couldn't get away with if they were meant to be intelligent).
The more gaming moves away from decent single player games, the less interested I get :-/
I look at it as a business decision by the publishers. They want to implement a way to increase sales in a very brief window given the rate that these games see "active play life". Do I like this approach? No.
I play games as an escape, and while I do enjoy some multiplayer here and there (WoW, SFV, MKX, Smash Bros, NBA/NFL) I always rate my single-player games as better, more immersive experiences that truly allow me to have "fun".
A single-player game allows me to have the one guarantee that real life never will: The world revolves around me. My decisions and actions are what move and shake the world. I can dive into a narrative around "myself" or "my people". Competitive multiplayer games (CMPG's) don't do this. Everybody is the star. Everybody is just another cog the machine. I don't feel special, just another player in the game in every sense imaginable. This isn't to say CMPG's are all bad, they can be quite fun, but the experiences are fleeting. I get an adrenaline rush from a good game, but that's it. It's a dead feeling afterwards, made worse by the yearly parades of new paint over the same game structure with a different name. With Multiplayer RPG's (MRPG's), the feeling can be lessened, especially if the compelling mechanic is Cooperative multiplayer as we can revel as a team in our accomplishments (similar to the sense of accomplishments in MMO's). But that almost highlights a point of example from WoW: Accomplishment in the community is recognized solely on PvE progress. Almost nobody on the servers talks about how good a particular Arena team is.
With regards to traditionally single player titles transitioning to MP-centric gameplay cores, I don't see it as a necessarily bad thing; after all, everything must evolve in order to survive. My conflict comes when the core principles and themes of a title get jettisoned in favor of pushing the flavor-of-the-month. Taking FO76 as an example, the early caps look a lot like monster hunter and my thoughts as an old-school FO1 player are: But does this game make you think? Does it give you moral quandaries? Can you play the game without firing a single shot during the climax of the story? Is there even a compelling story to begin with?
But I digress.
In my opinion, by far, the best gaming experiences are single player. Not everybody will agree with me, but I hold my experiences in Metroid, Castlevania, Mega Man, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Starfox, Zelda, The AC series, MGS (Before Kojima lost true control) Uncharted, and especially The Last of Us as some of the most awesome moments in gaming.
When Single Player dies, so too will my days as a Gamer.
I've been playing games since before there was an internet; my first computer was a TRS-80 Color Computer 2.
And while I loved a good action game, the best games were the ones with a strong story. I grew up on Sierra: King's Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, even Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of Lounge Lizards. And then there were the RPGs--and boy, has that term gotten watered down in recent years!--like Ultima V and Fallout.
None of those games were multi-player. Multiplayer only existed on consoles, Atari and NES and the like. And while those were fun, there was never a story to go with 'em.
And then there was Star Control.
Okay, maybe not my absolute favorite game...but I'd probably put it in my Top Ten (and given how many games I've played, believe me, that's an honor!). There are so many memories of playing Star Control 2; just hearing the hyperspace music in the teasers gives me goosebumps... The countless hours playing that game, exploring, landing and collecting resources, meeting new aliens, allying with them or fighting them...and I still kind of chuckle when I remember being chewed out by the Earthling commander for taking a thousand troops. Heh.
It never even occurred to me to think about playing that game multiplayer...it doesn't need it. A lot of games never did.
And it's difficult to think of a very story-driven game being multi-player; it seems like the story would be destroyed in a month and there'd be nothing left to do but PvP. I mean, unless a very sophisticated AI existed to keep creating more plot (not holding my breath).
Now, I'm really looking forward to SCO, seeing how that game, that plot plays out...but I'm also really looking forward to building my own plot; it sounds like that's a big part of the game, and I'd like to see whether my stories would appeal to others. That'll be awesome.
But, again, who needs PvP when you can basically play Star Wars or Babylon 5?
Multiplayer games allow for a lot of instant purchase small transaction cash flow.... Look at the WoW pets or the loot crates that EA seems to love so much.
probably the worst thing that has happened in the past few years is EA's insistence on everything they make being multiplayer. Especially in games like Mass Effect where the game SHOULD be all about you and only you....
I generally prefer single player experiences also. If it has to be multiplayer, then I'd rather PVE than PVP.
Oh man, this topic... Forget a wall of text I'm going to tower of babel this shit.
The thing is for most genres multiplayer can be a good value add. But it all depends how it's implemented. But implemented right it's the easiest way to add the much sort over "replayability" factor. Of course, it's also easy to abuse so it's a mixed back. But it also has a lot of secondary benefits.
Take FPS for example. Singleplayer campaigns are becoming rarer and rarer because so little of player's time is spent on them. Players play through the story once and love it or hate it they then move onto multiplayer and spend 3 times as long there on average. It's further worth noting that is brought down by players who spend a short amount of time with the game. The long-term player base that makes up the persistent communities for these games spend the overwhelming majority of their time with the game in multiplayer.
Part of the attraction in normal human competitiveness. Part of it is a balance issue. There is a sweet spot for AI difficulty in shooters. You can have the AI instakill you with flawless headshots every time you pass by a knothole in the wall they can see you through if you want. This does not make for a positive player experience so most AI is intentionally nerfed so the player feels they can compete. Then there's the flip side where the AI shoots like storm troopers and the player mows through them effortlessly. This power fantasy is appealing to some but for others, it becomes quickly boring due to the lack of challenge. Multiplayer eliminates this balancing act entirely. Other humans are on the same scale as you and are bound by the same rulesets by default. From there if it's a fast-paced game or slow-paced is simply how much health you give players and you don't risk players feeling cheated on either end.
But this doesn't mean there's not a market for singleplayer experiences in shooters. Wolfenstein and Doom had major success with the singleplayer games recently. Doom is a prime example that making a good multiplayer game and a good singleplayer game have very different requirements as the much as the singleplayer was praised the multiplayer was heavily criticised. But you have the same issue, players play through the story, the majority don't even complete it. They might come back and restart it a few times over the following months. But then they leave. This is fine from an initial sales point of view but the problem is most won't come back for an expansion. You will get collectors buying the expansion but not playing it. This also sounds fine from a sales point of view but you lose word of mouth about the expansion and it's not going to bring in new players to buy the base game as a result so it generally better to release a whole new game to get there attention again... Which can lead to franchise fatigue.
As we established the majority (like 80%) of players don't complete good length singleplayer campaigns, to begin with. If you keep the campaign short enough that they do they feel like they didn't get their monies worth. Ironically the illusion of value is based on getting to the end being too much for most people. Then you bring out another game for $60, most existing players haven't completed the first one... There's a sense it's going to be more of the same. You are basically trying to monetise monotony to them.
By contrast when there is a sequel to the multiplayer you are selling a new dynamic. Human players stay the same but now there are new maps, new weapons, new strategies. Multiplayer players are perpetually excited for new content. This also includes the controversial trickle feed microtransaction content. Something that if you include in a singleplayer game you can expect to be review bombed into oblivion. Who wants to buy vanity items for singleplayer games? No one else is going to see you wearing them. Buying things for the stats? Most people are old enough to remember cheat codes and difficulty settings, the notion of selling power to a player in a singleplayer game is an insult. If your game is so grindy you need to buy advantages to speed it up, it's not well balanced singleplayer experience to begin with.
Strategy/tactics games have the most difficult niche. You have the extreme end of the AI never been competitive enough for experienced players without feeling like the AI is cheating. Playing with human leads to more compelling diplomatic interactions, more balanced competition and is pretty much universally a more positive experience, particularly if players can create their own races and role-play them. Short form this is a win-win, so quick turn around RTS games, much like FPS, thrive on the quality of their multiplayer game. Long form however you run into massive issues in turn based games waiting for your opponents and having other players stick around long enough to complete the game. People have lives. Getting a group together to play a game that can take multiple days to play is very hard. Then you have the issue of players being removed from play early on. Plus once you fall behind you can rarely catch up. You get painfully awkward situations were either wipe a player out or drag them along forcing them to play knowing they can never win.
There is always the option to play with random strangers. There are a lot of problems here too. While you can happily wipe a stranger out of the game because there's no accountability, that's a double-edged sword because they can just up and leave on a whim. You can invest hours getting a game started just to have other players abandon the game. Co-ordinating strangers to keep a game going for several days is very hard. Play by post is a solution in turn based games for some of this but it takes waiting for other players to the extreme and really takes you out of the game. In this day and age you can get your gaming fix immediately from AI so waiting a week for a player to take a turn is madness.
But what about other genres? RPG's and Adventures? There is a huge gulf between an MMO and a traditional singleplayer RPG/action adventure. MMO's have the appeal of community interaction, stranger danger and shared growth. But the trade-off for all this is almost universally any depth in storytelling and singleplayer significance. That's not to say you can't reach a balance here, but developers inevitably won't because once you start an MMO your community drives income and your community demands community content, leaving lone wolf players in the cold.
Singleplayer games in these genres are facing a lot of the same issues as FPS SP campaigns. The only difference is RPG's take a lot longer to develop so franchise fatigue is traditionally slower. Or it was... The golden era of gaming means consumers are inundated with more games in their chosen genre than they can realistically give time to. So they aren't just competing with themselves when it comes to wearing players out. One of the big loopholes that have been found is to have a short singleplayer story the player can knock over in a couple of hours if they want, but also have a huge sandbox world full other content they explore for ages creating replayability separate from the story. This also lets you scratch the grind itch more naturally. Trouble is everyone is making that those now too.
But there's still a huge market for those games so why the move to multiplayer? Because MMO's and competitive frag-fests aren't the only alternatives and when you look at the statistics you find that pretty much all consumers will play it. As much as the media pushes the opposing narrative, gaming is inherently a social activity. Even sticking to singleplayer games there is a drive for player to want to share their single player experience with other gamers in their social circle. Appart from meeting and talking about it, we encourage others to watch us play (some even making a living out of that) and people will even compete still comparing high scores, or in their absence, who has the highest level/stats, who can complete the game fastest etc. Yet there is still a drive to bring other players into your singleplayer gameworld to interact with. Even if just for a little while. In a given household/family there is also the matter of sharing time. Got one TV in the loungeroom, who gets to play on it? Why are you spending time playing singleplayer instead of spending time with your spouse/kids? I mean ideally, you could do both...
To that end, optional co-op is almost always a universal win-win. If you can be playing your single player game happily for the most the day and then when your spouse gets home if they can just seamlessly join you and share the experience that's great. If they can wander off and do their own thing and then meet back up with you that's extremely optimal. You tick almost every box (you just need optional arena they can visit and compete in and you've got the full package). A lot of developers are realising this. The only reason every game doesn't ship with co-op is it's harder to develop. Multiplayer network programming is its own separate skills package. Then there's extra design work making sure the game mechanics work in multiplayer and all around more money and time spent on delivering the same length game. But it will be received better because there is no downside to it and for the players it matters to, it matters a lot to. So generally if a developer is capable, and it makes sense to do so, they will try to include at least co-op multiplayer if they can.
At the same time, you have a lot of publishers looking at the statistics and drawing tangental conclusions. The strong move towards multiplayer from a publisher perspective is about money. Multiplayer means more players if one person is a group buys the game they are going to encourage others to buy it to play with them. Multiplayer games are self-marketing in addition to being easier to monetise, review better, suffer less franchise fatigue and more importantly clearly target the larger market demographic. So the publisher doesn't see as much value in singleplayer game campaigns... But they are wrong.
Even if you look at MMO's the statistics also show that most players don't want to be dealing with hostile randoms on the internet. Not at all, this is why the market only seems large enough to maintain a handful of successful MMO's at a time. Also why MMO's that restrict PVP are a lot more successful than open PVP clusterfucks. Fans for those exist but they are in the minority. There is a slightly larger group that like a sense of danger but the thing is they want downtime too and more importantly they want things to be fair. Getting ganked by 5 players twice your level might be okay as a one-off. No one is going to enjoy it happening everytime they try to do anything. The other problem MMO's have is players can go to other genres for that fair danger fix. There are hundreds of small-scale server-based multiplayer PVP games in multiple genres they can go to and even find one with more or less the right balance for their personal taste. More reason for publishers to make non-MMO games multiplayer yes?
Yes but it's not a good reason to dump the single player. As I said that group wants two things, a fair playing field and downtime. Jumping into a death match with a bunch of experienced players that keep sniping you while you are trying to learn the controls is no fun. This is why a lot of people won't play the FPS franchise titles that don't come with a singleplayer campaign. They want to learn how to play the game and feel accomplished in to before moving to multiplayer. The singleplayer campaign also lets them take a break from the multiplayer and play at their own pace every once in a while. Even though most players will spend very little time in the single player, it is very important to maximising your player base to have both. Most developers understand this, convincing the committees running the publisher is another matter.
But take for example the big sandbox games which are such a huge market at the moment. You add large-scale multiplayer capability and you get GTA5 online. Stupidly successful. So much so the publisher can't even comprehend why it's so successful and keeps making a bunch of stupid decisions leading to torrents of hate from fans and onlookers. In fact, it is perfectly reasonable to say that on the whole, GTA5 online is generally quite strongly hated, even by people who play it. So why the success? Branding obviously but also the lack of alternatives at the time. It scratches several itches. A giant sandbox is fun to fuck around in, it's even more fun with someone else to fuck around with. You've got the sense the danger. But the bigs one?
Mutliplayer gives your grind more value. All the time you spent exploring, gathering better equipment, fighting and honing your real life skills in addition to raising up your stats. It's good for single player progression... But it's even better when you can show it off to other people in the game. Being able to work together with friends to speed up this progression for both of you is just as appealing. Take a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild. As satisfying as it is as a single player game, who is going to say no to letting a friend visiting with their Nintendo Switch loading into your game as a Shadow Link and engaging in activities like racing between points across the land, or working together co-operatively in the trial of the sword or even having an arena match with one another? It's added gameplay that makes all those little tools and advancements you've accumulated to make your character more capable even more valuable thanks to the shared experience. Your accomplishments are worth more when another player gives them context. Co-op based shrine puzzles would just be four swords worth of gravy. Speaking Nintendo look at the pokemon games. Even right at the start you have an amazingly singleplayer focused series of games that was given so much more depth by the ability to link up with friends and trade monsters you've trained and pointlessly battle them. In 60 hours of playtime maybe an hour was spent actually doing those things but it made the other 59 hours matter so much more than they did on their own.
So what the problem with GTA5 online? Well, basically not understanding the middle ground the game actively encourages the worst possible behaviour from players you randomly encounter. As established the people who are into that are in the minority. Then there are the publisher dumbs. Seeing what a money spinner it was they got greedy. The grind in the game is beyond reasonable. What is the point in spending 10,000 hours grinding (and that's not an exaggeration) to accomplish certain things when another player can dump $$$ down and get it instantly and rub it in your face? Then there's the issue of content focus. Further development into the game was directed towards making even more grind and monitisable assets. There has been no more singleplayer gameplay added to the game since launch. The first DLC's that added interesting new missions to the multiplayer have been abandoned in favour of making stuff players pretty much have to buy to stay competitive instead. So the game is now a cesspool and is largely despised even by initial fans (That's ignoring other publisher stupidity like banning modding too).
By contrast, take similar games like just cause or far cry adding optional co-op on top of their singleplayer experience (an important distinction because making a co-op centric game impairs the development of the singleplayer aspects which are so important) and you get a universally positive response. Then contrast the open servers vs the private servers of open sandbox survival games. The open servers are cesspools like GTA online and are largely despised except for the minority. Private server lets you not only play co-operate with your friends and compete with them on your own terms, but you can also setup competing teams/tribes/clans across the server creating that sense of danger without the accompanying douchebaggery you get with it from randoms in open servers. So there is a very positive response there.
Now let's discuss the elephant in the room. Fallout 76. They have clearly added all tools necessary of open survival server cesspool madness. As much as I seem to be speaking down on that element, this is smart. See players who like that are in the minority, but they still exist and more importantly, they are very vocal and loud. Encouraging that element is amazing free advertising and why should they have things they enjoy? That said it was loosely implied that Fallout 76 also has friend filtering. If you can play online on an empty server by yourself, then occasionally have your friends and only your friends jump in an join you, cooperatively and competitively that's an amazing proposal. Even the option to build something in private then invite the masses in to do battle with you on your home turf sounds pretty great doesn't it? Basically, the success of Fallout 76 will come down to 2 things. The strength of the singleplayer content and the flexibility of server filtering for the multiplayer content. Well, I say that... It will be successful no matter what because of branding. I mean it's the next Fallout title. Ongoing success, however, will depend on those 2 things.
So yeah it's no surprise we are seeing more multiplayer capable games at E3. Publishers see the $$$ signs and developers see the potential for enhanced player interaction. It doesn't inherently devalue the singleplayer experiences. When done right it just adds to them... Both ways. Greater than the sum of their parts and all that.
So what about Stardock? Well, they kind of exist in this weird bubble. On the one hand, they have third parties making games that flop like demigod. But we know that was largely a timing issue with the rise of free to play games in that genre... Not to mention the launch travesty caused by rampant piracy... Sin of Solar empire was an amazing game that had it's multiplayer community wounded at launch. You had a long-form game that a couple of hours in it would end to the dreaded Out of Sync error (That was the same issue that kept The Guild 2 from being anything more than a niche title). Who wants to invest the time in organising long-term multiplayer match for it just end like that? I'm sure it got better but I've been afraid to start a Sins game in recent times because I just don't know if it was every truly comprehensibly fixed.
Galactic Civ 3 is missing all kinds of love when to comes to the multiplayer game. The genre has infrequent multiplayer activity as it is. You are going to see substantially less multiplayer activity if you don't work on the quality of life improvements to address that. Offworld Trading Company is incredibly cutthroat and exponential growth nature of the power creep means you get what is known as runaway leaders. From the other players, perspective things spiral out of control so fast once certain thresholds have been crossed that if you blink you'll miss the events that unfolded that lead to you losing. The game is also really bad at telegraphing information about such things to new players so even in my own group of competently intelligent new players, after a couple of multiplayer matches in which one player hits on a winning strategy, it's back to singleplayer for several hours for the entire group to play with the mechanics more to figure out whats going on and how to deal with it. Rince and repeat several times and then queue more singleplayer playtime once you all have the gameplay down to practice your reaction times between multiplayer play sessions.
I don't have access to your metrics, but given your niche and how things have unfolded with Stardock's games, I would be amazed if those metrics didn't show an utterly negligible amount of multiplayer activity in your multiplayer capable titles. Even the ones built for multiplayer weren't primed to encourage it. Even if they were things like Galactic Civ would only see a modest bump due to the difficulty of multiplayer communities co-ordinating for the necessary timeframes. Pretty much the optimal multiplayer scenario for a 4X games means they are on a scale where pacing and inconsistent presence doesn't matter as much. It almost looked like you were heading that way when you were experimenting with the mega/multiverse leaderboard thing for GC2?
There is nothing to say there aren't clever ways to incorporate multiplayer into something like GC3 that would see constant use by the community. Those things just have to be limited to short encounters that complements the single-player game. Something like allowing empires that finished the game based on the turn limit end condition (victorious or not) to compete with one another in a short vicious conflict to see which ascended empire is greater when galaxies collide. You spend the whole single player game fine turning your civilisation for the ultimate battle after the single player game is over and building/expansion no longer matters. The turn limit restriction being the balancing factor. Being able to take that empire you built to war with your friend's empire adds value the time investment of building it after the singleplayer game is over. This does, of course, require players to play their singleplayer game while connected to an online server to prevent cheating (bonus is this acts as a discouragement to piracy as you'd need a licenced account to play the game that way)
Another example is asynchronous multiplayer encounters during a singleplayer game. Again you'd need to play the singleplayer game while connected to an online server. Between turns, the game could then search the games of other online players and find appropriate matchups for crossover events. Three examples based on one concept: An anomaly opens a spacial rift between dimensions, time seems to move at a different pace between dimension but more interesting com signals reveal alien empires from other worlds exist beyond the rift.
Varaition 1: Enter interdimensional space piracy. A player is given an option to send a fleet through the rift, pausing their singleplayer game for a moment to enter the other player's dimension where they can raid on their map for a fixed number of turns before the rift closing pulls them back to their own dimension.
Variation 2: The player can select a fleet to offer as a bounty hunter to the other player's dimension. Other players and AI can select a target and bid on who the fleet will attack when it comes through the rift. The player's game is paused while they take control of their fleet in the other players match and get paid based on how much damage they do to their selected target in the fixed number of turns before the rift closes snaping their fleet back to their own dimension with the payment.
Variations 3: Like variant 2 the player can offer a fleet for players/ai in the other game to bid on but this time as a mercenary. The player receives immediate payment and their fleet will leave the game. The winner of the bid in the other game will gain control of the fleet for X number of turns before the rift closes and the fleet snaps back to the other dimension of origin. On the next turn in their game, the original player will receive whatever remains of their fleet. This variant doesn't require players to play with each other in each other's games, but it does allow players to show off their custom ship designs in a fulfilling interactive way.
Bonus Variant: Instead of conflict lets talk trade. Certain strategic resources not being on a map in any abundance is a common problem. When the player finds an anomaly the matchmaker could look for other players with an abundance of a resource the player doesn't have access to. You could then send trade ships through the rift and require them to be defended on both sides to maintain the trade route. Or imagine a variant where the time the rift is open is based on real-time rather than turns. The number of trade vessels each player manages to send through the rift before it closes will determine how many turns the resource will be available for after it closes. Encourage quick frantic play for some minutes before returning to careful planning.
Now provided you give players to opt out of the types of encounters they don't like in their games you'll I think you'd be surprised how many players opt into this kind of multiplayer interaction interrupting their single player game. Especially if you also enable friend only filtering for specific types of encounters.
There is a lot more to 'multiplayer' than the simplified media representation of what it generally entails. If you are a PC gamer and you don't play some form of online multiplayer you literally are in the 1%. But that doesn't mean you are geared towards the massive online clusterfuck style action games publishers seem to the think is the promised land and even if you are that doesn't mean a comprehensive single player experience doesn't have value to you. Furthermore it is often true those singleplayer experiences have more value if paired with a multiplayer experience and vice versa. There is absolutely a market for a competitive version of star control, but more importantly, I can tell you right now a lot of people would be seriously pissed if you did that instead of making sure it had a comprehensive well fleshed out singleplayer experience. I can also tell you no one would be upset if you added an optional co-op mode to that comprehensive singleplayer game after it was completed. Also, your multiplayer support for Galactic Civ is shit.
I tend to avoid multiplayer myself. Personally, I think Multiplayer is a bigger gamble since only a handful of these take off at a time since those who play multiplayer things tend to find one and stick to it for a long period of time, while single player gamers tend to play more serially and buy many games in the same timeframe. That means even if there's more people who play multiplayer, there's fewer winners in the multiplayer space.
As for if I'll get Star Control Origins or not, that depends on a couple of things. If it comes out for Linux, or if I manage to get a GPU Passthrough system going in time, or if I just say screw it and build myself a Windows gaming console box to hang on my wall. Of course, that windows gaming console is probably going to be less powerful than a PS4, so star control might not work well. (Either a A10-7850k APU or R3-2200G APU)
My comment on the single v multiplayer topic would be longer than Astrobia's, which is why I didn't make one;-)
Ok, the (very) short version...
I like single player and multiplayer games equally, really. Part of the reason I don't want to respond too this question in a lot of detail is that it is one of those subjects that comes off as “insulting” to people who work in the computer game industry and I am trying to just talk about Star Control.
Right from the beginning omputer game makers made online games, with very few exceptions like FPS games, single player games that you play online. I have long called “MMO” games “MSO” games, “Massively Single Player” online games. Because that is what they are. What modern gamers call a “grind” is actually a result of the fact that they are actually single-player gamers where others play their single player game in the same world that you do. They do this because they don't know how to make an actual multiplayer game.
My own Pirate Dawn is a good example of what I am talking about. At least a few of you have probably read it. If you actually took it in well enough to put it all together you'd realize that it is an actually Massively MULTIPLAYER game. All of the “primary enemies” are being controlled by an enemy player, not the AI. Players form organizations that allowed them to collaborate and grow into a larger and more powerful entity within the universe. The “factions” are comprised entirely of human players. It's entirely PvP other than “resource collection AI stuff”.
Nobody makes multi player games that play the same as single player games. They make multi player games that ARE single player games, or “Massively Single Player” games. Any game based on a “grind” is just a sign of “game designers” who don't know what they are doing and can't make an actual multi player game that is balanced and works.
NOTE: I tried the ctrl-shift-v thing... still got the super-secret ink.
Aw, there are MMOs that have PvP modes.
I don't really prefer those, however; I'd rather have games with a good reason for co-op play...an AI enemy that'll stomp us all into dirt if we don't defeat it. (I think there was such a game, where the universe would reset itself every few weeks if the players or the enemy won. Can't remember what that was, tho...)
You insult my honour with your outrageous assertion. You claim the impossible. You would starve to death while constructing such a pillar.
...you have honor?
"Among thieves?" Klingon?Dwarven?French Foreign legion?Knights Templar?Word of a Scorpion needing to cross the river?His image is of a Killer Whale, so I'm guessing as long as we are not swimming in his water, a seal, dolphin, or shark, we should be ok right?
"PvP mode" is a good example of what I am talking about. Those are essentially single player games with an arena you can go to fight other people, it's still not actually the true definition of a "multi player game". It's a single player game with a multiplayer arena.
I'll use a more familiar game as an example, an RPG. If World of Warcraft were like Pirate Dawn, or a "true multiplayer game", your character would be a part of some type of organization. When you played the game you'd probably form a "D&D party" of other people in your organization. There would be some type of overall conflict, with at least 2 sides, and you'd be on one of those sides. In a blending of "PvE" and "PvP" you would go out into the world encountering AI opponents (probably monsters in an RPG) that are essentially just the resources. Your main enemy would be the other players out there who are doing the same thing you are but are not on your side of the conflict.
You are the "NPCs" too the other players, and they are the "NPCs" too you. And you are at war with each other. This is just one example of what I mean. Single player games are made as games, multiplayer games are generally made as "massively single player grinds". Because they can't figure out how to balance multiplayer games, to the point that they never even try. I don't think they think it is possible. Of course, table top games were only multiplayer... so it was done for decades before they ever even came along.
Everyone does... the important question is which type?
Reading your descriptions, I'm not sure PvP--as you've defined it--is even possible.
E3 sucks massively this year. The "AAA" gaming industry has been pretty much reduced into Battlefield and few other FPS games, now with Battle Royale flavour of the year, few car games and then shit ton of action adventure RPG games in the open world.... its boring as shit.
Smaller companies like StarDock and indie devs is where its at these days.
(This could not have come across my Facebook feed at a better time.)
If games stop having story-driven (or strategy) single player games.. I will never play a video game again.
I wouldn't do that, mainly because if I looked at the games in my backlog alone, I'd probably have a couple of decades worth of games to play still. If I went looking for old single player games that I haven't played yet, that would probably get me another 50 years.
Well this is actually soon to be the case... Game studios are going to very rapidly start turning into Hollywood.People have been begging for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake for years.
How about a remastered System Shock, or Dues Ex, or Mechwarrior 2, or.... heck just updated graphics editions of Diablo 1 and 2 (either of which are still better then DIII) the list of good games that people would buy up for $15-50 is rather crazy long.Star Control Origins is a completely new game but it was also purpose built to borrow super heavy from the nostalgia of the earlier games. (Totally helps that they have the original sound composer working on their game).
But they spent millions to do this.A lot of the currently out there games already have graphics engines that could be tweaked to have a higher rez version. or simply redesigned without having to employ new writers, just new programmers.
Call them remastered, or anniversary edition or something, but people will buy them and I expect this will become a much larger part of the industry in the next few years...
Golly, I hope not.
Sick to death of remakes, reboots, reimaginings, and sequels that come decades too late; excepting the exceptions-that-prove-the-rule of eadpool" and "ready Player One", I can't remember the last time Hollywood made something new and good. Heck, apparently there i a live-action version of "Dumbo" coming out, and I'm like, "Are you @#$%ing kidding me...?"
If video games are going to start being the same...ugh.
I'm sure that if I really think about it I could come up with a movie or game that could use an update, but I'm drawing a blank right now. I just want new content, please.
Reading your descriptions, I'm not sure PvP--as you've defined it--is even possible.
Like I said... "I don't think they think it is possible."
Of course, before computer games existed almost all games were made this way. My Pirate Dawn already does this, and I can make a game on any subject matter that is an actual multiplayer game rather than simply "leveling in the same world that other people are leveling in". It's possible, just beyond the understanding of modern gamers. Modern gamers have a 50-year knowledge gap that makes our way of doing things "indistinguishable from magic" too them.
This has always been the thing I don't like about most multiplayer games, in my own terminology "they have no strategic layer". They are simply "grinds" to "level a character" whether that means actually leveling a character like in WoW or unlocking new vehicles/items like in WoT or MWO.
Oh, I don't mean that I think it's technologically impossible; I think such a game could be made easily.
...I just think you'll have a bitch of a time selling it the players. I'm not sure they'll want it.
Granted...but I swear such games exist; like I said, I remember one where there was a conquest part to it, where players fought for dominance over a galaxy and, once achieved--or failed--the game would reset itself. Mind, that might have been back in the text-only BBS days--I don't remember--but I swear it's been done.
Thing is, a game like that will still need "the grind"; if players can't level up somehow, get more powerful somehow, they're probably going to get frustrated. And unless killing other players gets them XP--or possibly fortifying their side's position--there isn't much that'll do it; having AI enemies would almost certainly be necessary to keep their interest.
I think you've got a concept that could be interesting...but I don't think it'll work exactly as you've described.
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