I was told Brink had a single-player campaign, too. Based on my definition of "campaign," I was lied to.
And now it seems the multiplayer-focused Call of Duty franchise plans to do something similar with Modern Warfare 3. Am I the only one who happened to notice that one tidbit when the game debuted yesterday ? "Single player has a very multiplayer feel to it." …and what does that mean, exactly? Am I jumping the gun by saying it sounds like a possibly advanced version of Brink , where it's essentially pointless to play solo? Am I too rash in thinking that the "campaign" as we know it simply won't exist?
Possibly. But you know what? It's probably not a bad idea. Look, the vast majority of all flak CoD takes centers on the lacking single-player campaigns; why not just cut it out? I mean, who even cares ? What percentage of gamers who buy these games buy them for the campaigns? 1%? Less? Why not just focus on what's most popular and what's best about the series? Just eliminate the single-player entirely – those who love great campaigns like me won't really agonize over the loss – and dedicate that giant budget to making the best damn multiplayer experience ever seen.
Better yet: make a subscription-based "Call of Duty Online" (which would inevitably be another massive cash cow like World of Warcraft ) and maybe, just maybe, dedicate resources to separate CoD games with unbelievable single-player campaigns only . Maybe you'll triple the profits and finally appeal to both gamers who love single-player and those who indulge in multiplayer. …so maybe that's their plan. "Single player has a multiplayer feel to it?" Great, you've just lost my interest. But maybe I need a clarification. It can't be what it sounds like, despite the positive business angle I noted above. Can it?
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3