Dude Thinks “Traditional Single-Player” Will Be Gone in Three Years
I seriously hate the connectedness of today’s world; I’m almost a shut-in, and I hate people. And so I love single-player games. That’s my s–t right there. But there’s somebody out there who thinks my s–t is going away.
“I believe the traditional single-player game experience will be gone in three years. Right now you sit in your living room and you’re playing a game by yourself – we call it the sp mission or the single-player campaign. In a world with Facebook I just don’t think that’s going to last,” said games consultant Mark Cerny at a secret Sony panel attended by Eurogamer.
So, yeah, the fact that Facebook exists will alters games that in no way involve Facebook. OK, good talk. Oh, wait, he’s not done.
“We’re already seeing the wall starting to crumble a bit,” he said. “Demon’s Souls, even though on one level it’s a single-player game, as you’re walking through the world you’re seeing the ghosts of everybody who died in that world via the internet. You can leave messages for them. They can leave messages for you. There’s actually a boss you fight in that game which is controlled by another player.
“We’re talking five, 10 years out. I believe three years from now, if you aren’t doing that, you are being criticised in your reviews for your lack of innovation.”
Yep, if in three years from now you don’t do what everyone else is doing, your games won’t be innovating. Because the definition of “innovative” is “doing what everyone else does.” Good thought.