It's almost a given that any major FPS released today will have an array of online multiplayer modes – in fact, even series that were once primarily single-player experiences are now expected to offer competitive play. However, that isn't the case when it comes to Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.
From the outset, developer MachineGames knew that it wanted to produce a memorable campaign first and foremost. As a result, The New Colossus will not feature multiplayer modes of any kind.
"The only way we can create these super immersive narrative experiences is if we can solely focus on the single-player," said narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. "Having a multiplayer component in this work process would just dilute it all. That's the danger if you try to do two things at once."
Björk goes on to note that the team doesn't actually consider its games to be shooters, instead preferring to have them categorized in the action-adventure genre. This certainly holds true with the emphasis on setting and story, as well as some of its more unusual gameplay sequences.
It's also indicative of publisher Bethesda's ethos – the company was also responsible for the release of Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider and The Evil Within 2 this year. Both of those titles were big critical hits that put the focus on single-player action rather than multiplayer, although admittedly both underperformed in terms of sales.
Still, it's always good to see strong single-player content in the current landscape. Some games really don't need a multiplayer component, and it's refreshing to see the resources that could have been used to produce a half-baked, tacked-on experience that no one really wanted instead used to improve upon the core of Wolfenstein 2.
FPS fans can get their deathmatch fix elsewhere – but when it comes to a compelling single-player campaign, The New Colossus looks like the best option available this holiday season.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus launches for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 27, 2017.