When THQ announced during E3 that Metro: Last Light would be getting some sort of multiplayer content, lot of gamers were understandably wary. How exactly would such a thing work? Well, now we'll never know firsthand, because THQ and developer 4A Games are dropping the multiplayer component originally planned for Last Light.
4A will instead focus solely on the single-player. Since multiplayer never went into full production, there isn't much to scrap anyway. That said, the team suggests they might return to this project after the game is out.
"Right now we’re 100% focused on the single player campaign and not thinking beyond that. We don’t like throwing away work though, it’s a project we could potentially return to after Metro: Last Light ships."
What it really came down to, says 4A, is fan reaction. Based on community reaction to the E3 demo, the developer felt that they really ought to focus on what their fanbase truly wanted, that being single-player.
"Your response to our E3 demo made it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro’s multiplayer, the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most."
So what exactly got 4A thinking about adding multiplayer to begin with? Not THQ, apparently. The idea to introduce some sort of multiplayer to Last Light was always the developers' idea, and if the first statement were any indication, they still seem rather keen on trying, even if they have to wait for the game to be finished first.
"We are gamers at the studio and really wanted to bring the world of Metro to life in a multiplayer environment. It was a decision made by us at 4A from the outset and THQ have since been supportive every step of the way, including our decision to put multiplayer on hold. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake to announce it when we did, but we’re an enthusiastic team and wanted to be open about what we were making!"
Still no solid release date, but Metro: Last Light is on track for an early 2013 release. On a slightly less related note, those interested playing Metro 2033 can snag the game off Xbox LIVE for half-off ($10) this weekend.