Phil Harrison: Single-player games are doomed

"Former Sony Computer Entertainment America front man and current Infogrames president Phil Harrison made the bold claim Wednesday that the games industry will soon move away from single-player titles, like Alone in the Dark, and into strictly multiplayer experiences."

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turbogeekx4868d ago (Edited 4868d ago )

I never thought I'd say this about you Phil, but you're wrong.

theKiller4868d ago (Edited 4868d ago )

but the wrong part is some games and genres r not meant to be played with others, like JRPG's or action games!

but yes i see that all games that doesnt contains multiplayer sell less than whose who has, because it natural that when u finish the game u wanna still play something challenging and if it is a single player then the second time wont be challenging!

i can never expect playing FF with someone else unless it was FF11 style which sucked

but a co op in FF13 can be amazing if it was well executed!

Fruit Loops4868d ago

I think you should play SoTC :]

Panthers4868d ago

Did SoTC sell really well?

People dont seem to find it worth their money if a game is only Single Player and not 30+ hours, no matter how good it is.

People complained about Uncharted, which I still feel is the best PS3 game to come out.

chaosatom3334868d ago (Edited 4868d ago )

"I just don't think consumers want to be playing games that don't have some kind of network connectivity to them, or some kind of community embedded in them, or some kind of extension available through downloadable content."

This is what he said, nothing about FPS games. Stop making him as some kind of a bad man or something.

ALMOST everyone is making FPS games, maybe that's why they are doomed. IMO.

iamtehpwn4868d ago

The quality and length of Single player games have decreased significantly. Remember N64, PS1, and Ps2 games? They all were lengthy, great, experience. Due to next gen costing so much, it's harder to develop a longer game though, and still hold the quality.

Admiratio4868d ago

Although there are many people who will continue to play games with only multiplayer, there are many who will no longer play. I do enjoy a multiplayer experience from time to time, but I thrill on my single player games. As a future game developer myself, I will always be an outcast if the games industry goes all multiplayer. I will continue to support the single player experience, and I also have to say Phil this is a bad move.

Now with that being sad, I do hear a lot of people complain about no multiplayer in games. And the industry will, unfortunately, cater to the masses first. $$ before satisfaction I'm afraid.

zapass4868d ago

phil is sucking balls

thePatriot4868d ago

I dont want multiplayer in my final fantasy or metal gear (co op that is) to think that with every game I have to play with somebody? no.

Presentist4868d ago

Yeah, I hope Phil realizes that Atari is on Gamers s**t list, he talks crap about games or styles that we love and adds awful, useless design choices to games like Alone In The Dark that otherwise might have been great.


coolfool4868d ago (Edited 4868d ago )

I think he would say that we don't have the vision or the perspective to see the games industry like he does.

But with that in mind, I think that he has missed something. I think the single player is more than just an aspect of a game. It provides a way for every gamer to have their own unique experience of a game. The game then becomes more personal.

It is these personal experiences that gamers will have the fondest memories of in years to come. FFVII being a prime example of that.

Presentist4868d ago

Coolfool - Everyone needs to give you bubbles. However, you need to realize that some of his decisions since moving to Atari are very, very stupid. For instance, his implementation of the "quick ending" in 'Alone in the Dark' which basically encourages gamers to rent as opposed to buying, or his bad mouthing of single player experiences...I mean Atari is already in trouble, does he really want to hurt their image further?

Iamthepwned- Bioshock, MGS4, Half Life 2, Call Of Duty 4, Mass Effect...just to name a few.

NO_PUDding4868d ago

Everythign has been said here.

Fruit Loops made the best point.

Single Player won't be amde redundant. I don't find multiplayer anywhere near as fun as single player. I need to ahve some goodness, some depth.

I do not want to be shooting, and egttign nowhere, so Phil, I wanted to go into more intellgent depths but you are wrong.

gaminoz4867d ago

Phil hasn't got a clue. Poor Atari.

Time_Is_On_My_Side4867d ago (Edited 4867d ago )

You can have that same experience online. I think Phil is talking about a connected community with every game. So it doesn't necessarily mean capture the flag in Final Fantasy XIII but having online communities connected to games. Like for example it would've been great to have online score boards with Time Crisis 4 or Devil May Cry 4.

So even though it's a single player game there is still some competitiveness to it. So think of it like having different reputations for each game. Kind of like achievements but it goes beyond a simple score and is more specific. So doesn't just track what I've done but how I've done it, kind of thing. An example could be like achieving 10 head shots and getting a grade on performance C-.

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PS360WII4868d ago

"Phil Harrison, who was dead on with his predictions that the DS and Wii were gimmicks doomed to quick deaths, has predicted an end to the single-player video game."

ha ha

Condoleezza Rice4868d ago

A fantastic Single Player experience won't be overlooked,and that's just the way it is.

Co-Op is increasing in popularity,but single-player games will still sell well without it.

Vojkan4868d ago

Yes i agree, i never really liked this baboon he seems so fake and cold, like robot.
anyway tell that to MGS4 Dr.Phil Crapson

Relcom4868d ago (Edited 4868d ago )

Almost all my favorite games Single player?

I love a good single player game

THE_JUDGE4868d ago

Single-player won't die for a long long time. I think that it will evolve to allow more players in the story via co-op. I won't ever stop playing single player games, I like story driven games. Period.

Silogon4868d ago

I don't even need online gaming really. I mean a few are good and take some of my time but nothing that a good single player experience wouldn't end and stop dead cold. Uncharted and Ratchet & clank are prime examples of how I don't need online in my games.