Batman: Arkham City Will Not Have Multiplayer

Saw this on IGN this afternoon:

IGN: Now, give us a Valentine’s Day gift and tell us SOMETHING about multiplayer. You know that the couple that plays together stays together – and that works for friends or significant others. What’s going on with multiple players in Arkham City? Co-op? competitive? We must know!

Sefton Hill: There have been a number of rumors circulating about a multiplayer mode in Batman: Arkham City so let me start by saying, once and for all, that Batman: Arkham City is a “single-player only” experience.

Our thought process behind this was fairly simple: when we investigated adding multiplayer we asked, “If we use all of the energy that is required to create multiplayer and instead focus this on the single player, would that deliver a better overall game?”

With the game now coming to the final stages, I can honestly say it would not have been possible to deliver Arkham City the way we wanted to if we’d have added multiplayer.

So it might not be the fashionable choice, it might not get us an extra tick on the box, but we are convinced, and we hope that gamers will agree when they get to play the finished game, that we have made the right decision.

We hope that you love Arkham City. We’re working as hard as we possibly can to deliver the game you want.

Skitch Commentary: I’m actually really glad about this. I am not against multiplayer gaming, though it really isn’t for me. The recent trend of putting a lot of time and resource into making what should be single player game have multiplayer features just doesn’t appeal to me. I loved Arkham Asylum, and this is a step in the right direction…

Though I still wanna play as Robin or Catwoman!

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