Titanfall Eschews Single Player Campaign Entirely

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Gahars, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    Titanfall was one of the more noteworthy (in a good way, at least) titles at Microsoft's E3 press conference. The mixture of first person shooting and mech combat in an online arena turned a lot of heads, and Respawn Entertainment's considerable pedigree (it was formed by the former heads of Infinity Ward) certainly helped.

    However, any mention of a storyline or campaign for the game was conspicuously absent... and now we know why.

    [​IMG] The Escapist

    "Titanfall? Sounds like a Titanic-Fail to me." -Chatrooms, everywhere

    While I'm a bit iffy on their statistics (I remember the stats for singleplayer play time being much, much less dire than he claims, but I could be wrong), it's an interesting point. After all, if the campaign is just going to be tacked on anyway, why bother when those resources can be better spent on the game's core? And if you're still getting tons of hours of playtime out of the multiplayer, the value of the experience isn't necessarily cheapened.

    But really, what do you think? Do you agree that this is the best option for the futuristic shooter? Or should Respawn have checked themselves before they online-only mech'd themselves?
  2. Dork

    Dork Newbie

    "W-well it didn't need a campaign anyway, online multiplayer only is the f-future."

    Did I get this right?
  3. Nathan Drake

    Nathan Drake Obligations fulfilled, now I depart.

    Jan 2, 2011
    Although I understand that single player may not be the most appealing thing to a developer making a game primarily focused around the multiplayer aspect, it's still an important feature, especially if you want to avoid alienating the part of your player base that doesn't have high speed internet access (which, many tend to forget, is a lot of people).
  4. Rockhoundhigh

    Rockhoundhigh Man with a mission

    Apr 2, 2011
    United States
    Southern California
    If they're going to be banking on their Call of Duty pedigree anyways I really doubt most people will mind save for some initial whining, personally I don't. I just hope that when the game goes to retail they're clear about advertising that the game is online only otherwise some poor kid might be suckered into buying a game he can't even play.
  5. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    Boy, am I glad the xbone no longer has an online requirement! :D With a game like this, I can...

    Wait... :P

    But on a serious note: he's exaggerating. It's very true that I'm not representative in that I'm completing about 85-90% of the games I buy (and 100% if it's an actually GOOD game), but if it takes a huge team six months to make an eight-minute level (let alone campaign), they're not good at their job AT ALL. Perhaps they should look more to other competitive style games. The UT series and quake (3 and 4) had a single player campaign that was basically a bot roster. All the levels were pretty much fit for multiplayer, but you could play them in single player as well. Not to forget that decent AI made sure that teams could be balanced out. So every effort (or rather: over 90%) that went in the single player converted straight into multiplayer.

    In other words: they could make it, provided that they cut some corners (eg. only a couple cutscènes and a storyline that's minimal or absent).
  6. SickPuppy

    SickPuppy New Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    United States
    The game maker is right not to include a campaign, they aren't losing very much money in sales by excluding single player campaign, and it will save them tons of money to exclude it. Everybody buys cod games for the multiplayer ($60), and then the four mappacks ($15 x 4 = $60). These guys are in business to make money. I've not once completed a single player cod campaign, and don't think I missed much. As long as they include local multiplayer I'm fine with no campaign.
  7. jonesman99

    jonesman99 GBAtemp's Official ArchAndroid

    Nov 10, 2008
    United States
    A Star Called Metropolis
    But who's to say that they will actually be making a profit with this action? People could see this as a cop out and then hope that the multiplayer will be everything and then some. Granted, Call of Duty didn't have an actual storyline, but it is still a decent single player experience. I myself have never played a FPS campaign, but I know that 8 minutes is an exaggeration, more like 5 to 8 hours is more like it. I know a single player mode on most games I play take me at the least a weekend to finish.

    But I digress, their decision is made. I just hope that the XBOne gives them enough of a platform for them to shine on top of all the other FPS that will be releasing around the same time.
  8. Lanlan

    Lanlan GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 4, 2011
    United States
    Good. At least someone's getting it right. No one likes these on-rails shooting galleries. Put those development resources to good use.
  9. pwsincd

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    UT2k4, best FPS of all time imo, never had single player "story" mode and just an offline version of online with AI bots.. never harmed it at all..
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  10. SSVAV

    SSVAV Lurker in space

    Jan 29, 2011
    Outer space
    But they said they are including story elements in the multiplayer, and it can be seen in their E3 demo, players instead of waiting in a lobby get to watch a cutscene of their ship jumping near the planet while they are being briefed of their mission.

    I personally like this aspect, it adds more substance to the multiplayer games, the player feels badass when he wins cause there's also a cutscene for the end of the match, like for example the enemy mother ship crashing to the ground.

    Also it adds much needed context, in COD games your only context is a one liner by the team announcer at the beginning of the match, like for example "take no prisoners" or "secure the flags"... At least now both the maps and the battle make more sense to the player (how the hell did two entities who kill each other on sight get in a private boat?...)
  11. Celice

    Celice GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 1, 2008
    United States
    I could have sworn a staff member said there would be single-player campaign just a week ago...

  12. Clydefrosch

    Clydefrosch GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 2, 2009
    Gambia, The
    I don't care because I don't play these games anyway. However I wouldn't want to miss single player modes in any game.
  13. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Bugger I have not played a good mech game in decades at this point (not made it to Japan to try out the fancy arcade machines) and this looked like they might have almost done it right. I can see the decision and might even get to applaud it in some ways but I do like my single player games and do not go in for multiplayer.

    *hopes for the almost inevitable same engine single player respin*
  14. Bake

    Bake GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    >Microsoft removes always online
    >No game has singleplayer
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  15. Forstride

    Forstride The rudder moves when I turn the wheel

    May 6, 2008
    United States
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Good. No point wasting development time and money on a campaign that the majority of players don't even care about. Titanfall looks pretty damn awesome, and seeing as Respawn is formed from the old Infinity Ward, I'm sure it will be a very fun game.
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  16. Ethevion

    Ethevion Wannabe Artist

    Sep 23, 2010
    I guess they don't care about the few fans that like single player.
  17. chartube12

    chartube12 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Mar 3, 2010
    United States
    My gamertag is filled with friends who don't like CoD beyond the single player. Guess this means they won't be touching this game with a 9000 ft poll.

    Rewatched the E3 video above. She said they call it like campaign multiplayer. Probably not the official name for it.
  18. EnigmaXtreme

    EnigmaXtreme GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 1, 2009
    Tasmania, Australia
    Sooooooo what's gonna justify the 60$ price tag then?
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  20. Metoroid0

    Metoroid0 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Nov 2, 2012
    Who needs camping, I don't like online play anyway... hmm, that doesn't sound right o.O
  21. ForteGospel

    ForteGospel GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 29, 2008
    United States
    its funny that not a week ago nintendo said "no online multiplayers" for their game and it got to the front page...

    then someone goes and says "no single player" and then you have people defending this crap