Rocksteady confirms that Batman: Arkham City is a “single-player only” experience

Batman: Arkham City

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In an interview recently conducted by the IGN team Sefton Hill, Rocksteady Studios Game Director, had this to say when asked about the question on whether fans can expect a multilayer aspect to Arkham City the follow up to the brilliant Batman: Arkham Asylum?

There have been a number of rumors circulating about a multiplayer mode in Batman: Arkham City so let me start by saying, once and for all, that Batman: Arkham City is a “single-player only” experience.

Our thought process behind this was fairly simple: when we investigated adding multiplayer we asked, “If we use all of the energy that is required to create multiplayer and instead focus this on the single player, would that deliver a better overall game?”

With the game now coming to the final stages, I can honestly say it would not have been possible to deliver Arkham City the way we wanted to if we’d have added multiplayer.

So it might not be the fashionable choice, it might not get us an extra tick on the box, but we are convinced, and we hope that gamers will agree when they get to play the finished game, that we have made the right decision.

Personally I think this a great move from Rocksteady as the first game made for such an engaging experience. It wasn’t like at the end of the first game I thought ‘That was great but it really needs a multi-player mode to make it truly awesome’. I think a multi-player element was added to the Uncharted 2 game worked a lot better than I thought it would and if they could have done something similar without taking away from the development of the single player experience then I would have been all for it. However by the looks of it doing that would have harmed the single player mode so again good move Rocksteady. I’m now looking forward to the game even more (if that’s possible).

To read the full interview (which has some other interesting tidbits) head over to the IGN site.

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Source: IGN

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