Multiplayer has become an “expectation” in games, says Syndicate producer

Friday, 4th November 2011 14:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Syndicate’s executive producer, Jeff Gamon, has said that multiplayer may have become an ”expectation” in games, but single-player games aren’t going anywhere, either.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Gamon said it’s all about “scope and value for the money.”

“We have to think in terms of our customers and the product,” he said. “I don’t think online and social modes are absolutely a requirement. It depends on the game.

“But it’s rapidly becoming an expectation because it’s becoming more and more common.”

Gamon said the addition of co-op to Syndicate wasn’t implemented for business purposes, but due to it being a first-person shooter,  people who actively play the genre “want to play online with their friends.”

“When we’re thinking about what kind of online game we wanted to make, co-op seemed the only way to go based on the original games,” he said. “Co-op for us was always equal partners in this. It wasn’t about, we need to tick a box here. This is Syndicate.

“We’re Starbreeze, so we’re going to do a single-player campaign with a great narrative, really immersive, but it was a given to us this was going to be equal partner in the billing, with the co-op mode recreating that experience of the original game.”

Syndicate is out in February 2012 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Checkout Stace’s piece on the game’s move to FPS here.



  1. Ireland Michael

    Arkham City says “Hi”

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Hi with extreme prejudice.

    What I don’t get is why more companies don’t do coop campaigns. That would be just the ticket for Syndicate, if you were going to do a true sequel. You wouldn’t have to waste a lot of money on friendly AI either.

    Really, just look at Borderlands. It’s not much of a game on its own, but with friends it becomes a great experience. Far less of a risk than tack-on multiplayer, that no one really needs.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    No. Simply no. No one expected or wanted MP in Dead Space 2 and nobody really played it a couple of weeks after the game came out. Even the decent MP mode in BioShock 2 was pointless and nobody really cared about it. So, shut the hell up and make a decent singleplayer experience like Batman Arkham City and THEN if there was any time left (Which is almost never the case), work on multiplayer and other stuff.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GwynbleiddiuM

    on the contrary, putting a Red vs Blue in a random spot to beat the crap out of each other in a game became an excuse to release games with less than 5 hrs worth of gameplay to make up for short comings a game has in term of value for money, lack of creativity in the game development and people not coming back to the game once they beat the campaign. So, You are wrong Mr. Lazyass developer.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    Well theirs a first. A misleading headline and guys who can’t read past it slamming a producer who was actually talking sense. Good job!!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @5, That’s what I was thinking… surely co-op mode is a good thing?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. revolting

    @5 Seems to be happening more and more frequently, too, a very odd trend indeed.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. mojo

    Multiplayer has become a clusterfucked gayfest in games..

    #8 3 years ago
  9. fearmonkey

    I absolutely loved The Darkness, but it’s multiplayer was terrible.
    I hope Syndicate gets it right, or just drops it. The above posters who talked about Co-op have it right. Do something unique with the multiplayer. No one really played Unreal Tournament 3 on XBL, they all played the Halo games, GOW and the COD style games. What makes Starbreeze think that people are going to play their multiplayer over those games?
    It will take something unique and exciting or it will quickly die.
    Co-op would be unique……..

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DonnerKebab



    You hit the nail on the head there.

    I have no ‘expectation’ for a MP when there’s a solid singleplayer experience, and I have no ‘expectation’ for a singleplayer from BF3, sorry, I mean, from people who are just good at MP.

    #10 3 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.