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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.

“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?