God Of War’s Cory Barlog Says Single/Multiplayer Games Go Through Ebb And Flow
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There’s a market ebb and flow when it comes to the popularity of single-player and multiplayer games that come out for home consoles and PC. Just because a game is a multiplayer title doesn’t mean it’s going to do well. Leftist companies like Blizzard may have suckered in a lot of people to play Overwatch by pushing multicuturalism through the promotion of spandex-clad callipygous characters, but Battleborn failed miserably while attempting the same thing (minus the hot chicks, of course).

Santa Monica Studio’s creative director, Cory Barlog, believes that this is just the nature of the business, and some single-player games will sell well – like Uncharted and God of War, the latter of which sold 3.1 million copies in a matter of days – and some multiplayer games will retain millions of users – such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. However, he doesn’t think that either one genre will go extinct because one time of genre is going through a fad. Barlog told IGN

“”Single-player games are the phoenix at this point. We go through the ebb and flow. Games change by the different creatives that get involved and say, ‘I have this crazy idea.’”

He goes on to say that he’s not a fan of competitive multiplayer games, and they just aren’t his thing. A lot of other gamers out there are the same way. Just because tens of millions of Chinese love a game like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, doesn’t mean a bunch of Finnish and Dutch will flock to that game as well. In the exact same way that just because millions of Germans and Serbs love Farming Simulator doesn’t mean a bunch of South Koreans and Taiwanese are going to flock to that game either.

Different strokes for different folks.

Barlog goes on to say….

“It’s not about a competition between multiplayer and single-player. It’s not about any of them being alive or dead, right? It is Schrödinger’s cat. We are alive and we are dead at the same time, right? And we will always be that way. And it will be an ebb and flow throughout time.”

It’s a well said statement given that two or three years from now most people won’t even know what PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or Fortnite is. The only people who you would find still playing the game are East Asians. Some new fad will have emerged, and everyone will be neck-deep in the new hotness, completely forgetting about the concept of Battle Royale, just the same as most people completely forgot about throwaway mobile apps like Pokemon Go from 2016.


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