Dishonored Dev: Singleplayer Isn’t Dying

Arkane Studios’ Harvey Smith believes that the increasing prevalence of multiplayer gaming does not signal the eventual death of singleplayer gaming.

Speaking with GamesIndustry International, the Dishonored developer expressed his skepticism at the doomsayers who have been proclaiming that singleplayer games are dying. He said:

“What people say each cycle is, ‘Fill-in-the-blank is the new thing.’ And if you’re old enough, you remember when it was live-action video games. At another point it was MMOs. At another it was social games. At another it was multiplayer shooters. And none of those things are bad; they’re all great. But what the reality seems to be is we keep adding types of games and finding new player groups for those. The market seems to be expanding.”

Smith went on to explain that the emergence of new genres doesn’t conflict with the existence of old genres. He said:

“It seems like our attention focuses on the new thing, but in reality, there are still plenty of people that like a particular kind of game. Every time someone announces the death of the single-player game, something like The Sims or BioShock Infinite comes along and does different things well. So far we haven’t capped out. It’s not like DOTA fans are buying DOTA and not playing Skyrim, or buying Dishonored and therefore not buying Madden. I think there’s a bunch of different audience types and we haven’t even hit the limit yet.”

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4 Comments on Dishonored Dev: Singleplayer Isn’t Dying


On March 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

The increase in multiplayer games is not a signal that singleplayer is dying, it is just an indicator that publishers and capitalizing on an easy money making scheme.

Why waste money making an elaborate 20 hour singleplayer expansion, when you can release three maps six guns and a cosmetic outfit for the same price.


On March 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Aedelric speaks the truth and I can scarcely improve upon it, but I will add this: single-player isn’t dying – *no matter how badly the industry wants it to*. If the EA’s and Activisions insist on turning every solo gaming experience into an always-connected, micro-transacted, socially networked crapfest, they can expect to receive their comeuppance from Kickstarter efforts.


On March 27, 2013 at 8:49 am

Obviously single player is dying, I mean look at how Skyrim completely bombed, orh ow every single review of Bioshock Infinite is nothing but eleven paragraphs of the reviewer complaining about a lack of multiplayer!

I hate doomsday predictions, because they’re always bullcrap.


On March 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Kickstarter rules!!!