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Rocksteady looked at Arkham City multiplay “early on”

Friday, 10th February 2012 15:45 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Rocksteady initially looked at introducing multiplayer early in development of Batman: Arkham City, studio game director Sefton Hill has said.

Hill told OPM UK (via CVG) in an interview it would have ended up providing “two watered down products” if it had included a “bolted” multiplayer, adding it had the backing of Warner to do a single-player-only game.

“We’re really thankful to Warner on that. At a time when a lot of publishers said you have to have multiplayer, they backed our ideas for single player,” he said.

“We did look at multiplayer early on and we looked at what it could actually bring to the table. We tried some ideas out but it always felt like it was just there as a requirement. If we did multiplayer then we wouldn’t have been able to deliver the quality of game that people wanted – that we wanted. We would end up delivering two watered down products.”

He continued: “You see games where you feel like they bolted the multiplayer on, but if they had taken that effort and put it into the single player, they would have had a better game instead of having a multiplayer that people don’t play.”

There’s more in the interview at the link.

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10 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Good for them. Now release the fucking PC patch already, you lazy buggers.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Edo

    This dude is very smart,pay attention Bioware.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. endgame

    Well said Edo!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. IL DUCE

    Yeah, luckily Warner didn’t force them to do multiplayer for a check the box feature…kind of like BioShock 2 and Dead Space 2 which really didn’t need it…the stand alone single player experiences were excellent enough to warrant a full priced game

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    @4 Dead Space 2 had multiplayer? WHENTHEFUCK? XD

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Samuel

    @2 Bioware? Please. They’re just now starting to add multiplayer into their traditionally single-player only games, and since the product hasn’t even been released, you can’t judge its quality yet.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    @6

    Not only that Bioware has two studios working on each part. Edmonton is working on the MP while Montreal is working on the single player. Rocksteady doesn’t have the luxury nor the resources to pull off the same thing. Its pretty obvious with how much Arkham City had used so much assets from the original game that they were pressed by Warner to jump on the next game with little development time.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    So was that why ME2 sucked? It certainly felt like they didn’t have time to put a story together.

    I think it’s obvious to add multiplayer to a game like that though. It’s basically a Ubisoft TPS in space. I think adding it to Batman would be a lot harder, and I don’t think it was on anyone’s list of priorities.

    Co-op probably would’ve been great though. Catwoman AND Batman.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    Subjective and no Edmonton didn’t work on ME2. Like my old man says Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Len

    @1 Couldn’t agree more. Still can’t play the bloody thing, it’s a joke.

    Can someone at vg247 towers pls ask them wtf is going on wit the pc version/patch.

    #10 3 years ago

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