Massimo Guarini, director of the recently released Shadows of The Damned says there is still a place for single-player only games in the current market, despite there being a high demand of multiplayer games.
"In my opinion, single-player-only games are nowhere close to being doomed."
Since the release of Shadows of the Damned, Guarini has left Grasshopper to form his own studio Ovosonico.
"The problem rather lies in how they're produced, through which channels are sold, and at which price points. I can't see in any way a single-player experience being less engaging or interesting because of the absence of multiplayer. Instead, I can definitely see how players who pay 60 or 70 bucks for a game can be quite sensitive to the lack of additional features that can justify their investment."
However Guarini feels that there needs to be massive changes in how the gaming industry works to keep it sustainable.
"Once again, the business model must evolve. We're still selling at incredibly high price points because we're still operating like we were five years ago, with just higher production costs. Instead of changing our perspectives, we're still struggling to pack games with features, extras, bonuses, achievements, in order to barely justify that price tag, which is given by excessively high development and licensing costs. We must learn our lesson from the huge, epic failure the music industry is still suffering nowadays for not being able to adapt to the digital Revolution,".