Metro 2033 developer 4A Games has announced that the upcoming Metro: Last Light will now be a singleplayer release, and that it has dropped the game’s planned multiplayer component.
The decision is explained in a blog post on the game’s website, and while the game won’t ship with multiplayer, there is still a chance that it will be added at a later date.
“We are gamers at the studio and really wanted to bring the world of Metro to life in a multiplayer environment,” the post reads. “It was a decision made by us at 4A from the outset and THQ have since been supportive every step of the way, including our decision to put multiplayer on hold. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake to announce it when we did, but we’re an enthusiastic team and wanted to be open about what we were making!”
The post explains that throughout the development of Last Light, the studio has tasked a small, dedicated team to design and build a number of multiplayer prototypes, but that after speaking to players at E3 this year, it decided to recombine the teams and focus fully on the singleplayer campaign.
“Your response to our E3 demo made it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro’s multiplayer, the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most… Right now we’re 100 per cent focused on the single player campaign and not thinking beyond that.We don’t like throwing away work though, it’s a project we could potentially return to after Metro: Last Light ships.”
Metro: Last Light’s target release date for early 2013 hasn’t changed as a result of the shift in focus.