Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has expressed he thinks the single-player experience in video games “has to go away”.
Speaking with IGN, Yerli said that the experience of playing a game solo must “go away”, but that doesn’t mean that they should completely be removed from the equation:
“I think the notion of a single-player experience has to go away. However, I’m not saying that there will be no single-player experiences … it could be it’s called Connected Single-Player or Online Single-Player instead.”
Yerli then added he believes online, and the social sphere in gaming, could “reignite” the single-player system:
“Online and social can reignite single-player in a new type of context and provide benefits that will make you want to be a part of a connected story-mode rather than a disconnected story-mode. Sure, if the technology forces you to play a traditional single-player game online, that doesn’t make sense but if it’s offering actual benefits to be online then you want to be part of it.”
Moving forward, Crytek are aiming for their F2P title Warface to grab your attention. But what do you make of his comments above: does the single-player experience need to evolve?