Disney’s Senior Vice President of Games and Interactive Experiences, Sean Shoptaw recently shared his views on the trends regarding the video-game industry. This conversation took place at a presentation on the 2020 DICE Summit. He wanted single-player games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to flourish and have high demand.
Shoptaw wanted to encourage developers to come and create great games with their library of characters. This is what he had to say:
I’m here for one specific reason: to empower you to do really unique things with our [catalog]. We want to tap into the power of creatives across the industry.
He gave examples of games like Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The Disney executive was also vocal about pushing the boundaries of games in order to reach new heights.
This seems ironic considering that Fallen Order is a narrative-driven, single-player game published by Electronic Arts. EA’s Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen claimed that single-players are not as interesting as they were five or ten years ago.
The success of recent single-players games proved that statement to be inaccurate. In 2018, Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) sales topped any game in the history of PlayStation.
In the same year, Sony saw its profits increased by 65% thanks to the latest God of War and Spider-Man games. It looks like Players are still hungry for a story-driven game.
Single-player games have proven themselves to be gigantic hits time and time again. Granted that these games need to be done right and mix a compelling narrative with addictive gameplay.
Developers seem to have this notion that multiplayer games are the future but the success of Star War Jedi: Fallen Order challenges that notion. The game became Respawn Entertainment’s best-selling title despite the domination of multiplayer games.
Disney has an abundance of interesting characters especially after acquiring the rights to 21st Century Fox in 2019. They could make games based on popular franchises such as the X-Men and the Alien series. Let’s hope that this trend of single-players games continues to grow.