If you were asked if Star Wars Battlefront should have a single-player campaign what would your view be? What if “Data” suggests that games don’t play games like that in a single-player style anymore anyway?
This is what EA’s Peter Moore’s view seems to be, and I get the feeling is could prove controversial. The fact is statistics don’t always predict things correctly, especially user opinion. If you asked why there is no single-player mode and were told “you don’t want it” would that be a good enough reply?
These comments were made in a recent interview with Gamespot when discussing the game. When asked why a single-player campaign was not planned his reply was:
“very few people actually play the single-player on these kinds of games. That’s what the data points to.”
Will the people who play the Call of Duty campaign and Battlefield Hardline campaign agree with that? Maybe the statistics don’t return pleasing values, but these gamers can be vocal when they don’t get what they want.
Even if not as popular as it once might have been, a single-player mode is still something that people expect. Potential sales could be lost just through that statement. As long as single-player functionality is not promised though, I we can’t expect it to be there.
Interestingly on the decision not to have a single player campaign, the decision was made a few years ago and based on what EA believed the games industry would be like now:
“Well, you never kick yourself about these things. You make a decision, years out, and you plan for what the world looks like when a game ships in two or three years. That’s about the intuitiveness about the executive producer, and his or her vision for the game.”
This makes you wonder if the data still holds up now, when single-player games are still popular today, if not more. Was the correct decision made?
Do you agree with Peter Moore? Does Star Wars Battlefront not need a single-player campaign? Let us know your thoughts below.