“Day of single-player games are numbered”, says Dave Perry

Saturday, 21st February 2009 00:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Acclaim boss Dave Perry said at DICE yesterday that single-player games will not be able to compete with online free-to-play games.

The creator of Earthworm Jim told the crowd that “the days of single-player games are numbered,” and added that his company’s focus is “entirely on multiplayer.”

More over on Gamasutra.



  1. reask

    that would be a shame really.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. revolting

    Good grief, Dave, didn’t that news break when Quake launched in 1996? Although, perhaps not coincidentally, that was also around the same time Mr. Perry released a decent game. Maybe he’s been in a ten year coma or something.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. reask

    I hope you are right revolting still I find these guys set the agenda.
    I.E. get the story out and let it build momentum.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. epic_wanderer

    I see your WoW and raise you GTAIV, Mass Effect and Fallout 3. Single player games continue to provide the bulk of people’s intellectual stimulation and multiplayer games provide social stimulation. Neither is going anywhere and both are equally as difficult\expensive\time-consuming to create.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. reask

    Hopefully you are correct epic.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. epic_wanderer

    Dave Perry hasn’t ever set the agenda so don’t worry about what he says. Humans love stories and that is the strength of single-player games.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. lelik

    he sounds like one dumb fuck

    #7 6 years ago
  8. fearmonkey

    Epic is correct, Dave perry has the wrong idea.

    Multiplayer is a spice that increases the value of a single player game. Sometimes games succeed just on the basis of multiplayer, but single game will always be around.
    Co-op seems to be the future for multiplayer imho.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Quiiick

    I think the exact opposite might happen!
    As a lot of gamers eventually grow older and reach an age above 45, they usually prefer single-player games because they are (using epic_wanderer’s words here) more interested in intellectual stimulation than social stimulation. Their appetite for competitive challenges also degrades. Multiplayer games will remain popular with young kids though.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    I agree with most of the comments said so far, single player games are going nowhere. For every WoW type success there’s a dozen Shadowruns which go nowhere.

    Both game types compliment each other well, and the idea that gamers will one day lose the value of a well crafted single player campaign is absurd.

    Whenever this subject is raised, it’s usually by notable industry figures, who are desperate to be seen as being ahead of the curve, instead of catering to what gamers actually want.

    Dave Perry has been all mouth no trousers for the last decade though, what has he done since cocking up the Matrix games?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. JesteR

    LOL what an idiot. Both SP and MP are vital for many games.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. frostquake

    Sorry but Single Player is just as important now as ever. Single Play and Online Multi Play compliment each other. The trend I would like to see more is Co-op Play like in Left 4 Dead or Resistance 2…Co-op should be the future. Capture the Flag and Death Match in any form has become incredibly boring, to me, so Co-op is my new go to guy! The crying of the death of Single Player and only having Multi Online, leaves out so many people. Sorry Dave Perry, or should I say Chicken Little…The Sky is not falling on Single Player…though you have been crying this for decades.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. DS1086

    “online free-to-play games” – That excludes all 360 titles then. ;)

    #13 6 years ago
  14. DaMan

    what a dickhead.

    when was the last time he made something? 1997? never liked Earthworm Jim btw.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. NiceFellow

    Poor sod, clearly hasn’t got a clue. Perry has always come across as someone looking for a bandwagon to jump on and is at it again.

    When he directly involves himself in something new and decent I might listen to him, but for me he resides very far from the real industry movers and shakers I’m interested in listening to.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Retroid

    /Joeys Perry

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Squa11

    I personally prefer co-op than anything but on a serious note the death of split-screen co-op is upon us.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Blerk

    He’s not stupid, he’s just got an agenda. Free online multiplayer stuff just happens to be what he’s working on, so obviously he’s going to pimp it as the best thing since since sliced head, just like all those Flash portal site owners would have you believe that in fives years time all ANYONE will be playing will be an endless stream of tower defence clones.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. DaMan

    “online multiplayer stuff just happens to be what he’s working on, so obviously he’s going to pimp it ”


    hence, dickhead.

    #19 6 years ago

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