God of War is releasing soon and with it, all lovers of single player games will get another great story to add to their collection. While many think that single-player gaming is dying due to the massive amount of cool multiplayer games releasing each month, God of War Director Cory Barlog thinks otherwise.
Barlog has been giving a lot of interviews over the past weeks, detailing both God of War and his experience throughout the year, with the most recent being his rejection at Crystal Dynamic. As he revealed his pitch for a single player game was rejected by the company and that’s how he got back to Santa Monica and God of War. That gave him the opportunity to speak his mind with USgamer about single player games in general. Regarding the matter he stated:
‘Accessibility, pick up and play, fun. Deliver on the promise of the back of the box.
That’s why single-player games are awesome. I still feel like I have that experience that I had in school where would be like, ‘I can’t wait to get home. I’m going to get transported into this whole other world.’ The fantastic fantasy movies from the ’80s are still inspirations, like The Neverending Story. People look at me funny when I say it’s an inspiration and are like, ‘But that’s a kid’s movie.’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s an amazing movie!’ It’s an amazing complete world that is painting this fantastic picture of a world we don’t know. Legend, Labyrinth, Ladyhawk—any movie from the ’80s that had an ‘L’ in it. These movies were formative to me. And they still inspire me.’
That being said, everyone can say that single-player gaming is certainly not dead. Even the most hardcore multiplayer gamers will always appreciate some intriguing storytelling.