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Metro: Last Light Will Not Ship with Multiplayer

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Metro: Last Light's multiplayer aspect has been cancelled... for now.

Ukrainian developer 4A Games is reneging on promises of a Metro: Last Light multiplayer experience. Instead, the developer is going to focus its efforts on making a more solid single player campaign.

"Your response to our E3 demo made it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro’s multiplayer," wrote the developer on the official Metro site. "the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most."

However, fans looking forward to the possibility of a Metro multiplayer need not despair… yet. Though the game won't be shipping with multiplayer, 4A isn't completely sloughing off the single player: "Right now we’re 100% focused on the single player campaign and not thinking beyond that. We don’t like throwing away work though, it’s a project we could potentially return to after Metro: Last Light ships." So… while it sounds highly unlikely, there's still a slim, slim chance that 4A may end up working on a multiplayer component after all.

With all the talk that the developer only ever dedicated few resources to the multiplayer, one wonders if such a decision to scrap multiplayer completely may have actually been a decision based off of Last Light's publisher, THQ. For the past year, THQ has been financially bereaved (though signs of its financial dire straits have been evident for quite a while), leading to the company formulating a reverse stock split to prevent the company from being delisted from NASDAQ and the election of ex-Naughty Dog Jason Rubin to the executive spot that ex-VP of Core Games Danny Bilson held. After thinning its ranks of employees and Darksiders II's somewhat-decent sales, THQ's managed to get itself back in the black. However, a Metro: Last Light multiplayer experience is probably cutting into precious capital that THQ can't spare (though, spending the original resources for the project can't have been cheap either.)

The good news is that with the developer's focus on the single player campaign, Metro: Last Light is still on track to release early 2013 for Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3.

 

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    tomfreak , October 21, 2012 4:18 AM
    Skyrim already prove that being single player only can still sell pretty well. Too bad those scums like EA/Activision Blizzard still think bringing/converting single player game ex.Simcity/Diablo3 to always online/multiplayer can boost sales combat piracy.
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    frombehind , October 21, 2012 4:24 AM
    pff multilayer is irrelevant for this title, Co-op will be bad-ass, but full multilayer is unnecessary.
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    Onikage , October 21, 2012 7:09 AM
    Great News Indeed !! Single player is the way to go! even in our times.
    but wait a second , didnt Cevat Yerli(Crytek) said that Crysis 3 will melt our PC's ??
    Yeah well Yerli ,get in line, cause Metro LL will turn our PC's into dust first !
    Hope my7970 GE will survive Metro LL
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    tomfreak , October 21, 2012 4:18 AM
    Skyrim already prove that being single player only can still sell pretty well. Too bad those scums like EA/Activision Blizzard still think bringing/converting single player game ex.Simcity/Diablo3 to always online/multiplayer can boost sales combat piracy.
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    frombehind , October 21, 2012 4:24 AM
    pff multilayer is irrelevant for this title, Co-op will be bad-ass, but full multilayer is unnecessary.
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    assasin32 , October 21, 2012 4:46 AM
    Well at least it doesn't sound like their going to have half the game as day 1 DLC for $15 a piece so the real full game price is $100 plus. I am expecting EA to pull this crap though within the next year or two ($100 price point for game + all current DLC on games release not future DLC in the works)
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    ojas , October 21, 2012 5:24 AM
    looniamhow about a gpu that can run it 45+ fps @high settings and doesn't cost as much as the rest of my system?

    I think you'll have to ask nvidia/amd for that :p 
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    robthatguyx , October 21, 2012 5:34 AM
    i could care less as long as the single player is as good or exceeds the first game
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    kcorp2003 , October 21, 2012 5:51 AM
    I would like co-op with this game, if they can do it.
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    bryonhowley , October 21, 2012 5:56 AM
    That is the best news I have had all weekend! The last thing I want is more multiplayer/co-op crap. Single player is the only way to play a game.
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    Onikage , October 21, 2012 7:09 AM
    Great News Indeed !! Single player is the way to go! even in our times.
    but wait a second , didnt Cevat Yerli(Crytek) said that Crysis 3 will melt our PC's ??
    Yeah well Yerli ,get in line, cause Metro LL will turn our PC's into dust first !
    Hope my7970 GE will survive Metro LL
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    alidan , October 21, 2012 7:23 AM
    TomfreakSkyrim already prove that being single player only can still sell pretty well. Too bad those scums like EA/Activision Blizzard still think bringing/converting single player game ex.Simcity/Diablo3 to always online/multiplayer can boost sales combat piracy.


    EA has a guy who brags that he will never green light ANYTHING unless it has multiplayer in it.

    ojasI think you'll have to ask nvidia/amd for that


    as its coded now? yea, ea and amd, im willing to bet they could fake alot of graphical effect, come out with a game that looks almost identical, but runs just fine on at max in even a mid range card.

    OnikageGreat News Indeed !! Single player is the way to go! even in our times.but wait a second , didnt Cevat Yerli(Crytek) said that Crysis 3 will melt our PC's ??Yeah well Yerli ,get in line, cause Metro LL will turn our PC's into dust first !Hope my7970 GE will survive Metro LL


    between metro and crysis... from what i can tell, they optimized the hell out of cry engine, from the pathetic crysis 1, to each game looking better and requiring the same if not less hardware at higher settings.

    i think that crysis is going to be screwing around with water physics, and that runs like hell on every gpu/cpu right now. ill give the over all graphical nod to crysis 3 for this one, mostly because i have seen what their engine can do through tech demos and in game thech demos, where as metro... i dont see the in game tech demos for it.


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    now, more to the article... didnt most people call the end of days when diablo 3 launched without pvp?
    lets forget the game has little to offer even on a good day, but this was pre launch you had people saying its dead to them over no pvp...

    why does this get a pass?
    is the story that engaging? because from what i remember metro was, and is still known as a tech demo game, i never heard it being a good game on its own right.
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    Anonymous , October 21, 2012 9:56 AM
    It was infact a GREAT game.
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    Usersname , October 21, 2012 10:24 AM
    Great news! Single player story lines have become far too shallow in recent times. I wish more developers would put more effort into immersive plots.
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    Markon101 , October 21, 2012 3:34 PM
    I cannot stand tacked on multi player anyway. Good for them. :)  I am looking forward to playing it.
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    makaveli316 , October 21, 2012 3:36 PM
    Was about time. There's a big group of people, most grown, who don't have time to spend playing multiplayer with whining kids.
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    Antimatter79 , October 21, 2012 5:17 PM
    I don't think it's necessary to add multiplayer mode to every game just because it's technically possible. The original title was good as it was, and this one will be as well. I'm still annoyed that I was forced to play boring multiplayer in ME3 just to increase my readiness points....until I found the hack online. :) 
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    jkflipflop98 , October 21, 2012 6:09 PM
    For this franchise, it's the right move. I could see a stand-alone MP mode or maybe even an MP mode in Metro2035. Don't just shoehorn it in there just because. . . take your time and figure out what strengths in your game would translate to MP and do it well.
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    schnitter , October 21, 2012 8:06 PM
    I wonder if i7 @ 4ghz and GTX 670 Windforce will max at 1920x1200. Hope it does or else, I am going to start looking for another GTX to SLI.
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    proffet , October 21, 2012 11:57 PM
    I need to hurry up and finish Metro 2033..!
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    rantoc , October 22, 2012 10:34 AM
    makaveli316Was about time. There's a big group of people, most grown, who don't have time to spend playing multiplayer with whining kids.


    First time you play and aren't good as good as someone who played for a year = n00b. The next when you learned some from the first = Damn cheater using aimbot /wall haxxor - you suxx. What a funny bunch to play with!

    Feels familiar when playing with kids? =)
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