While publishers are making a huge deal of games-as-a-service these days, there are those that think that single player games are still important and they are right in thinking so. There are developers that have tilted towards multiplayer games but we have seen the success of single-player titles like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn. Both these games sold very well and pleased the fans too.
Warner Bros is a company that is also focusing on the service plan but it has also not forgotten the importance of single player games. According to David Haddad, president of Warner Bros:
The perfect thing you brought up there is world-building. You know our slate well. In the past, and in as you’d probably guess the present, we have a history of building great worlds with great mechanics. Many of them are single-player. We continue to believe that even as esports grows, even as time spent playing multiplayer grows, there’s still a very powerful space for narrative, storytelling, world-building, long-term engagement games.
More developers and publishers are moving to multiplayer games with the recent success of games like PUBG in mind but there are multiplayer games that have gone wrong as well. So there is no perfect formula right now that we know of and much depends on the execution of the game. We have seen Destiny 2 prosper in the beginning but players left the game soon after due to multiple reasons. David Haddad, further went on to mention the following:
We know that’s not everybody’s approach in the industry. How you find those gamers, how you service them, and how you publish inside this time-spent environment, you have to pay attention to that, but we still believe there’s a place for that.
The gist of things is that while there is an audience for multiplayer games, there is an audience for single player games as well. There are people that do not have the time to go through the learning curve of a relatively complex multiplayer game. Such people like to turn on the PC the get a few hours into single player games.