Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Will NOT Have Multiplayer


I don’t usually like to rehash other sites’ posts, but I know many here are looking forward to Skyrim, and figured I’d mention this here. An article over at CVG talks about a recent interview with Bethesda marketing chief, Pete Hines, in Edge magazine. In Edge, he basically states that they are “technically capable” of bringing multiplayer to the Elder Scrolls series, but that they believe “it’d make for a lesser version of the game”.

‘It’s not wrong or unreasonable for people to want to experience a game with their friends, or want to do things with folks online. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. What we’ve tried to do is help people understand that in game development, it’s all about trade-offs. One of our mantras here is that you can do anything – you just can’t do everything.
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“So certainly we could do multiplayer. Unquestionably. It’s not a thing we’re technically incapable of figuring out. But when we draw up the list of things we’d like to have cut or change in order to support that feature, what we end up with is unpalatable. It’d make a lesser version of the game. And there is no doubt on the dev side that that is the case.”

So what are your takes on it? Does it need multiplayer? Would multiplayer be a good option for the game, or would it make it a “lesser” game?

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  1. #1 by Pedro on April 13th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Praise the Gods of Tamriel!

    Multiplayer would definitely make this a “lesser” game. RPGs in general are a much better single player experience. Hack and Slash is a completely different story however.

  2. #2 by dkpunk on April 13th, 2011 [ 0 Points ]

    No keep it simple. The draw of this game is the single player experience.

  3. #3 by Zoom on April 13th, 2011

    Yes it should have multiplayer!

  4. #4 by ZFM12 on April 13th, 2011 [ 1415 Points ]

    Multiplayer would ruin the game. Elder Scrolls has always been single player and i really hope it stays that way. Saying Elder Scrolls needs multiplayer is liking playing a FPS without a Gun… Elder Scrolls is the last of the True RPG Name. Please Don’t Kill It

  5. #5 by Eddie on April 14th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Zoom: Yes it should have multiplayer!  

    This! I’ll never understand people saying how multiplayer ruins the single player version of the game. Sure if they were a dev to cut corners but is Bethesda that sort of dev? Did multiplayer ruin Uncharted 2? Hell no! It made it better!

    I’ll even take it a step further….I’d LOVE an Oblivion MMO.

  6. #6 by Pedro on April 14th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    ZFM12Elder Scrolls is the last of the True RPG Name. Please Don’t Kill It  

    I agree with the multiplayer part, but saying Elder Scrolls is the last true rpg is complete BS. YES, it is a great game, but NO, it’s not the last true RPG and I might even not be the best one at that.

    Eddie:
    This!I’ll never understand people saying how multiplayer ruins the single player version of the game.Sure if they were a dev to cut corners but is Bethesda that sort of dev?Did multiplayer ruin Uncharted 2?Hell no!It made it better!I’ll even take it a step further….I’d LOVE an Oblivion MMO.  

    Eddie, I agree with you to some extent. Sure there are single player games that really benefit from MP, specially when it’s not related to your sp experience.

    I’ll even give you a RPG which succeeds at that: Two Worlds II. I truly loved MP in that game, actually that was the first time I “finished” anything multiplayer IN MY LIFE.

    However, Uncharted 2 is not Skyrim. U2 is a 10-15 hours long SP game tops, where Skyrim will be a 40+ hours minimum. That’s a whole lot of work that will be spent polishing those hours of gameplay, with scripting issues all over, since choices are little nasty creatures that take a lot of time to iron.

    I would not like to see a sloppy MP experience just for the hell of it (like we see in many games). I agree Skyrim COULD have a decent MP game, but that would have to be just as good as the SP experience and I can’t imagine how much time and how many people it would take to make that AND leave the sp experience untouched.

    So basically, YES it could have mp, but NO that would affect the sp game way too much, so I prefer to have my 40+ hours of solo fun glitch free and as good as it could be.

    Wow, sorry about that! It’s just been a stressful week, but more importantly I reaaaally don’t like multiplayer ;p

    ps: don’t get me started on MMOs hahahaha

  7. #7 by Markus on April 15th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    I wish all RPGs were multiplayer. Secret of Mana is one of my all time favourite games.

    SNES + Multitap + 3 controllers + 2 younger brothers = great child hood memories.

    I’d kill for something similar… I

  8. #8 by BOB on April 18th, 2011

    I would like to see Multiplayer, but not at the cost of the single player experience. Make it a 2 disk game with online play that has different missions and features. Also, i would like to be able to load my single player character into online play.

  9. #9 by BOB on April 18th, 2011

    I would like to see Multiplayer, but not at the cost of the single player experience. Make it a 2 disk game with online play that has different missions and features. Also, i would like to be able to load my single player character into online play.

  10. #10 by BOB on April 18th, 2011

    The computer has always been to weak in Elder scrolls

  11. #11 by BOB on April 18th, 2011

    BOB: The computer has always been to weak in Elder scrolls, thats why i would like online comp  

  12. #12 by Derek on April 20th, 2011

    everyone saw that red dead the new one had a great story line and had a great online play to so i think Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks would be able to pull it off because it would be the first time they have done it and what a cool way to bring rpg and onile and putting it together then you got something better then everquest

  13. #13 by Jacob on April 24th, 2011

    I think this game should have multiplayer. Oblivion WAS my favorite offline rpg, but my favorite rpg that tops the last elder scrolls was Demon’s souls. That was the best rpg ever invented EVER. It will always be superior to the elder scrolls series if skyrim does not have a multiplayer like Demon’s souls does.

  14. #14 by Serenity on May 3rd, 2011

    I believe that this game should be multiplayer. Oblivion was one of the best games I had ever played, but each time I played it, it got boring because it felt like there was no point of playing it. Me and a lot of my friends agree that it should be. We went out and hunted down another game that is rpg and allows multiplayer because of our wanting to play with each other. If you can’t share the experience with others, then there is no point to playing it.

    Yea sure, its fun going through the missions and getting more power and more items, but how does it stay fun if you don’t have others to compare your power to? How is it fun if you are sitting in a room, alone, playing the game? After a while you get to the point where you have reached your limit.

    And anyway…. It will NOT wreck the game. I have seen big games like this go from single to multiplayer and make even more sales then the original.

    There have been many times I have seen a situation where someone refuses to by a game because it isn’t multiplayer. I being one of those people. The only reason I played Oblivion is because I moved out, so yeah…. Elder Scrolls will benefit much more if it was multiplayer.

  15. #15 by BritneyXD on June 8th, 2011 [ 120 Points ]

    I would literally pay out double what i pay for a new xbox 360 game for Skyrim if it had multiplayer. I played all the other oblivion games and i loved them, but the longer I played it the more i wanted to go out with a group of my friends and raid a village or town or something interesting. I mean really how fun would it be to fight other players in the gladiator ring or duel in the middle of the streets and then have to run from the guards or risk being thrown in jail, or claiming your own cave and killing any other players who enter, or even goin out with some friends to hunt animals to sell their horns and hide. I mean seriously!!! how great would that be and for people that dont want to play multiplayer have a single player just like gta4. Or even at the least make a DLC package for multiplayer just to see how it does on oblivion im sure enough people would buy it to make it well worth a try. PLEASE MAKE THIS GAME MULTIPLAYER


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