Crytek CEO: “the notion of a single-player experience has to go away”

Friday, 1st March 2013 08:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has stressed that the idea of closed, single-player only games must be culled moving forward. That’s not to say he doesn’t want single-player games to vanish, they simply must evolve. See what he means by that below the cut.

It’s no secret that Crytek views the free-to-play, multiplayer market as valuable. In fact Yerli recently stated that he expects Crytek to go full free-to-play within five years.

Now, in an interview with IGN, Yeri said, “I think the notion of a single-player experience has to go away. However, I’m not saying that there will be no single-player experiences… It could be it’s called Connected Single-Player or Online Single-Player instead.”

Immediately I’m thinking of Guild Was 2 and Bungie’s Destiny. single-player games set in MMO worlds that allow for interaction with multiple players, should a person wish to engage them.

Yerli continued, “Online and social can reignite single-player in a new type of context and provide benefits that will make you want to be a part of a connected story-mode rather than a disconnected story-mode.

“Sure, if the technology forces you to play a traditional single-player game online, that doesn’t make sense but if it’s offering actual benefits to be online then you want to be part of it.”

Yerli also said that The Walking Dead would be more profitable on Crytek’s Gface free-to-play network than any other format. What do you make of that?



  1. unacomn

    I think the notion of Cevat Yerli making statements has to go away. We’d all be better off.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Max Payne

    Oh How mighty have fallen.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    I think what he means is that single player games with no human interaction are going away. Like a game of Trials HD where you see other players’ ghosts, or Need for Speed where you see Autolog scores constantly, and have the option of diving into challenges to beat them whenever you wish.

    Still, he could have said it much better eh? :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xXNapsterManXx

    Go home Yerli you’re drunk

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OmegaSlayer

    I agree 100%
    Cevat Yerli is the most annoying person in the business with these pointless statements.
    He acts like MrIKnowItAllBecauseI’mAlmightyWithMySuperChargedEngine but…now uses CryEngine LOL (in comparison to UnrealEngine)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mithrandir

    The only Online single player experience I liked was Demon’s/Dark Souls, without the invades. I don’t like MP, I don’t want MP. And I don’t want other gamers invading my SP either.
    They can leave messages, or sport leaderboards (like in NFS:MW), but that is as far as is acceptable.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Samoan Spider

    I get what he’s saying, but its not something I want in a single player. I was a huge multiplayer, but now I’m not. I like something like borderlands which fits what he says, because if I want coop its my choice and if I don’t, I’m on my own with no impact.
    But at the same time, I couldn’t think of anything worse than having what I’m doing rated and compared to someone else, or even seeing someone else’s interactions with my world if I’m in it for myself. I like solitary confinement when I’m in a single player world.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @6 they did that so well, it really was a revelation in its own right.

    @7 agreed. Things like constant ‘BEAT YOUR RIVALS SCORE’ tickers and all of that just annoys me. It’s horribly intrusive when I just want to relax on my own. Even Far Cry 3 – which is a game about isolation on some levels – has score tickers for challenges.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. CyberMarco

    How about no…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 Basically what you said yeah :P

    #10 2 years ago
  11. mkotechno

    Better STFU!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. manamana

    What is so wrong about playing a game alone? All by myself, with headphones on? No one to distract me, neither in real life nor on-line? It’s okay if everything is connected and always on and whatnot, as long as I sometimes get to play a single player (experience) game without others around me.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Edo

    Don’t worry guys..he’ll be saying “It’s all about single-player” next time.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    @8 Yeah, Far Cry 3 is a great example, where there is intentional immersion breaking to shoehorn in some online challenges. I don’t want to compete with my friends to see how many grunts I can run over in 1 minute. I want to sneakily (and on my own) do my thing with a bow!

    Edit: My reason for single player gaming is so that I can disconnect from the world. Not be continually linked in with it. I play these games to AVOID other people. I’m not alone in this and this guy has gone from having respect to being a bit of a pariah where the gaming community is concerned.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Malmer

    I want to play a game and completely immerse myself in it with full suspension of disbelief. Not get popups or ghosts of what my friends are doing.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Hunam

    This just reminds me of the statements that were constantly made back when Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 and Tribes 2 ruled PC gaming. All big MP only games that had people left and right claiming the age of single player games are dead.

    If Skyrim had some forced MP stuff in it people would probably hate it.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gadzooks!

    If isolated single-player experiences leave gaming then so do I. Simples.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. SyNx153


    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ali

    No traditional single player = I am out.,

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Tearsir

    No traditional single player = They will never have my money.

    Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls ftw!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    He seems to be coming purely from the angle of “How do I monetise that?”. I think he also knows where he can go with that.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Robo_1

    Yup, this relentless obsession with opening up the single player experience is getting tedious. It can work for some games, sure, and I guess Dark Souls would be a good example of passive online involvement, but not every gamer wants their gaming evenings to be a social experience.

    For example, Destiny’s MMO elements hold no interest for me, and if anything, will be a reason for me not to get the game.

    When I play – unless I specifically choose an online experience – I generally want to relax, safe in the knowledge that my actions have no relevance beyond my own personal gratification. I don’t want to be permanently held accountable for not helping fellow players out, or not scoring enough points to assist my team.

    The sharing stuff I can take or leave, but if the foundations of a single player game is altered in such a way, where I can’t just play for the sake of my own personal enjoyment, then I’ll take the hundreds I spend a year on gaming and channel it elsewhere.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. The_Red

    And the notion of idiots like this guy has to go away.

    Seriously, I know he’s not saying that single player itself should go away but what he says (“Connected Single-Player or Online Single-Player”) is even worse than that.
    I have both Dark and Demons Soul on PS3 (Connected type games). Have enjoyed them both on and offline but if you want to add the “Always Connected” to the singleplayer part, then there is no deal for me. I didn’t buy Dialbo 3 and won’t get Destiny if it tries to do the same thing.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. fihar

    He’s right actually.
    Asynchronous multiplayer will be a huge thing, especially in competitive games.
    It’s not like you need to be always connected to enjoy the game itself.
    I don’t know how it is in FarCry 3, but I actually like to be reminded when some dude in a bedroom in some other continent just happened to beat my time in Most Wanted.
    If Skyrim had UGCs like inFamous 2, I’m pretty sure it’ll be amazing. Every open world game should have UGC IMO.
    I’m actually baffled why no developers have followed in Sucker Punch’s footsteps.

    #24 2 years ago

    Get with the times, dinosaurs!

    Stop being so socially reclusive, and try interacting with real people instead of staying in a world of horrifically dull, predictable, two dimensional AI.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Samoan Spider

    @25 What and stay in the world of horribly dull, predicatble and three dimensional ‘intelligence’ ? Nah you’re ok, I spend all day there.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. HauntaVirus

    This would be fine if the social connectivity was optional. I personally prefer some games as single player only. Other games can benefit from what he’s talking about.

    #27 2 years ago


    You don’t have any gaming friends?

    A shared gaming thrill is much better than a solo one, trust me!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Samoan Spider

    @28 I do, and I play with them when I’m in the mood for that kind of experience. But the only issue I have with what is said here, is that if I’m playing a Solo game, I’m generally doing that to have ‘me’ time. I am aware I can go offline, but in a constantly connected household, its difficult to take my PC off a network for purely selfish reasons. I have my shared thrills just at the moment of my choosing and in a game that suits it. The implication here is that games that don’t need it, will get a feature for the sake of it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Dragon246

    Previous statements-
    “Everyone will use our fucking engine. Beats UE to the punch.”
    CryEngine cries in the side while everyone plays with UE4.

    This guy is a total nutcase. He doesn’t know a thing about anything.

    The notion of CryingTek needs to go away.

    #30 2 years ago


    But you can have ‘me time’ in the way that Yerli has suggested, too.

    For example, a single player experience where other online players are in your ‘world’, but you never have to interact with them if you don’t want to, like any ordinary NPC. Then, when you feel the need, you seamlessly jump into an online mode, and interact with them.

    (No more countless drones who all took an arrow to the knee.)

    For example, there are open world sections, but the missions can be SP only.

    It’s basically moulding SP and MP experiences into one entity, and doing away with unnecessary menus.

    Sure, this wouldn’t really work with narrative driven games and the like (like Heavy Rain), but he did say that he wasn’t talking about all SP games.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Samoan Spider

    @31 And that is a very fair point. That would work so long as they could be ignored. And provided xXXxxxHax0r133tknobxxxXXxx doesn’t float around the middle of the screen then I’m ok with it

    #32 2 years ago
  33. lama

    annoyance at its best, i blame generation facebook!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Mus42

    Always nice to to be told what you want even though you’ve never asked for it. What an arrogant prick.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. onefivefive

    I do not want to be part of that future.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. stevenhiggster

    Sweet jesus this guy needs to be removed!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. _LarZen_

    If it’s the right type of game…sure.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. harr0w

    How did he come to this conclusion who did he ask, what research did he do where the fuck is his consensus. I’m sure if you ask the likes of Bethesda, irrational, bioware, CDproject they would all disagree. His personal opinion has only been shaped by the fact crytek now have there own social game service gface which coincidentaly is fucking shit and will fail miserably. Thats the problem with the industry as it stands dev are beginning to listen more and more to there own flacid hype than what actual gamers want. The single player wont go away but it will more than likely become tainted from the tacked on crap of gun challenges and time trials. Let’s hope the few devs out there stick to there guns and carry on producing games gamers want.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Hellhound30x

    Yeah, when I hear stupid garbage like this, I can only hope the gaming industry comes crashing like it did in 84′. I’m tired of people like thinking its okay to force “single player online.” Diablo 3 perfect example of what happens when you pay for a game you can’t play unless you have internet. bleh! More, and more I feel the need to look for a new hobby.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Erthazus

    Just finished Crysis 3.

    fuck off Yerli. The only reason you talk like that is because your latest game aka Crysis 3 is SHIT and you don’t have decent writers and gameplay designers anymore.

    Crysis 1 is still one of my favourite games ever made, but these days are gone.

    his latest creation is POS and he has no right saying this bullshit.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Max Payne

    @40 Agree I even find Crysis 2 to be better then 3 :O

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Erthazus

    @41, they are both shit, but Crysis 2 is indeed better… but it’s like trying to say that this shit is better than this.

    What’s funny is that Crysis 3 is buggy as hell which sounds ridiculous for a studio that makes high-end looking games with proprietary technology.

    + it’s not Crysis 3. It’s just a simple addon to be honest. 5+ hours campaign of boring scripts with dumbed down suit and game in general. M E H

    #42 2 years ago
  43. ps3fanboy


    #43 2 years ago
  44. MadFingerz

    Lol yeah, this totally sounds like “We can’t make a meaningful, self-contained single player experience so we’ll stop bothering about it”. Good way to go Crytek..

    Meanwhile even little gems like Limbo will always be remembered by gamers as unique single player experiences while your games will only be remembered as “they looked pretty”.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Espers

    Espers: ” Crytek CEO … shut the fuck up !! ” if you can’t make games stick to game engines then !!

    #45 2 years ago
  46. WENDiGO

    Yerli should really learn to shut his trap sometimes.He always talks as if Crytek is the best, making it seem like they make all the right decisions -_- Always trying to tell others what they should be doing.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Hussar

    Translation of Yerli’s blahblahblah: “We failed to deliver a compelling Crysis 3 SP mode. That’s why we’ve got every reason to bash SP-rich games. Let’s do it. Fools will believe.”

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Gheritt White

    I agree with #1.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Old MacDonald

    Well, at least there’s GOG.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Bomba Luigi

    This Guy has some stupid Quote once in a Week or more. And I guess thats the Point, keep Crytek in the Headlines. And he does.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Cort

    Uncharted series says hi.

    Just because you can’t achieve great SP experiences, doesn’t mean no-one else should carry on doing it.

    @25 Yeah – and stop reading books too, right?

    #51 2 years ago

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