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Crytek: 'The notion of single-player has to go away'

"Online and social can reignite single-player in a new type of context," says CEO

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli says he believes that the "notion of a single-player experience" has to make way for a new wave of connected games.


Speaking in an interview with IGN, Yerli - who recently claimed the Crysis 3 studio will transition entirely to free-to-play development - suggested that not all of its future browser-based offerings will be competitive online titles such as Warface.

"I think the notion of a single-player experience has to go away," he said. "However, I'm not saying that there will be no single-player experiences ... it could be it's called Connected Single-Player or Online Single-Player instead.

"Online and social can reignite single-player in a new type of context and provide benefits that will make you want to be a part of a connected story-mode rather than a disconnected story-mode.

"Sure, if the technology forces you to play a traditional single-player game online, that doesn't make sense but if it's offering actual benefits to be online then you want to be part of it."

Though unwilling to mention specifics, Yerli's comments suggest that networked solo titles such as Dark Souls and Thatgamecompany's Journey could become the norm for Crytek.

Crysis 3 was released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC last month. Read CVG's Crysis 3 review for more.