Something that has been puzzling many a gamer is why Bethesda, a company who usually incorporate multiplayer options in their games when they can, would choose not to put it in one of their most anticipated titles of the year in Wolfenstein II. Turns out the answer is pretty simplistic, but not one fans of multiplayer will want to hear. In an interview with GameIndustry.biz, Machine Games’ narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk explained that the reason none of the Wolfenstein relaunched titles have multiplayer is that they want to focus on telling a better story and don’t want it watered down with a focus on multiplayer like many titles are.
“The only way we can create these super immersive narrative experiences is if we can solely focus on the single-player,” he said. “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. … “We just keep our heads together, and focus on making a really good single-player game… Doing our thing is what makes the game great.”
The reasoning is sound, as I myself could lose count of all the FPS titles that have terrible campaigns but amazing multiplayer levels. Whether or not that commitment to the game makes you want to buy it is another story, as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus comes out on October 27th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.