Whether it’s split-screen or through an online service, there’s no denying that gamers have an unending appetite for cooperative gameplay. While sometimes this can feel tacked on, there are some experiences that are almost begging for the co-op treatment. One such game is Monolith’s upcoming action RPG, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
The ability to take on an epic adventure in an open world version of Mordor will be like a dream come true for most Tolkien, but the icing on the cake would be the ability to drop into this world with a friend. Sadly, gamers can stop holding their collective breath, as a series of tweets from the official Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor Twitter feed have confirmed that the game will be a solely single player experience.
This news will likely put a damper on some gamers’ excitement for the game. As the first Lord of the Rings offering for next-gen consoles, it has a lot riding on its shoulders. For many, the idea of an open world Mordor that they could tackle with a friend seemed a logical choice after War in the North‘s inclusion of cooperative play. Despite any misgivings gamers may have for this design choice though, Respawn Entertainment’s response to gamers’ complaints about the player count in Titanfall rings true here as well.
Even though the omission of co-op play may frustrate some gamers and be perceived as a missed opportunity, a certain level of faith needs to be placed with the developers. Ever since its announcement, Shadow of Mordor has shown a great deal of promise. It would be surprising to hear that the idea of co-op never ran through the developers’ heads. If it is not included in the game at retail, there is a good chance that it is because the developers felt the implementation would not benefit the experience.
As such, there’s little reason for gamers to worry about what could have been. If the screenshots and gameplay walkthroughs that have been shown are any indication, Shadow of Mordor is well on its way to being a successful and incredibly fun next-gen experience. Until the game nears release, it will be nearly impossible to say for sure whether co-op would have been a smart inclusion or not.
Would you rather play Shadow of Mordor as a single player experience, or with a friend? After War in the North, do you feel that co-op is a necessity within Tolkien’s world?
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will release for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.