The plot thickens as the days go by with Alien: Isolation, first we hear that there will be no Wii U release and now we understand that there will be no online multiplayer or co-op modes either. We already know that the game will focus on a story driven horror survival experience, but abandoning online content is quite surprising.
Sega confirmed that there are no plans to introduce any multiplayer aspects to Alien: Isolation, highlighting that the game is very much about the single player experience. Developers at Creative Assembly admitted that they had considered multiplayer and co-op and had some neat ideas, but it felt better to leave the game as a single player experience.
This could impact the sales of Alien: Isolation when it launches towards the end of this year, multiplayer is normally a bigger playing point than the campaign on a lot of titles. Once gamers have completed the single player mode there is seemingly nothing more to do than start again but with a harder difficulty setting.
However the creative lead of the game Al Hope has explained that due to the dynamic nature of the Alien in the story, you can play the game again with different outcomes. The Alien’s behavior is based on the player’s choices, creating a possibility for alternative gameplay, story lines and endings. You can read the full interview from the developers here.
Has the decision to leave online multiplayer and co-op out of Alien: Isolation disappointed you? Or is it in fact a good sign that the developers are dedicating themselves to a really gripping single play experience?