Multiplayer seems to be tacked onto every game lately, regardless of whether it fits or not, but it looks like Metro: Last Light will not be boarding the multiplayer band wagon.
In an announcement on the Metro: Last Light official website, it has been revealed that the game will not be shipping with a multiplayer mode.
There was a small development team tasked with working on multiplayer for Metro: Last Light, as the official statement explains. After the response from E3 however, the team moved back to working on the single player campaign, therefore removing the multiplayer component.
The official statement reads:
Throughout the development of Metro: Last light a small, dedicated team had been working on a number of multiplayer prototypes. After E3, we decided to fold this multiplayer team back into the main group and focus 100% of the studio's resources on the single player campaign. As a result, Metro: Last Light will not ship with a multiplayer component.
Your response to our E3 demo made it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro's multiplayer, the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most.
The site does say however, that there may be chance for the multiplayer to be resurrected as the team doesn't like "throwing away work...it's a project we could potentially return to after Metro: Last Light ships."
The announcement also assures fans that the multiplayer component never went beyond a prototype, so it never took resources away from the single player mode, and therefore the main campaign has not been jeopardized in any way.
Metro: Last Light remains on task to launch early 2013.