The lights are on
Undead Labs has achieved great success with it's open world zombie sim, State of Decay. One thing that players have been waiting for was a cooperative mode that was planned for inclusion, but later delayed to speed up release. We've learned that the update isn't coming.
The decision is based on a re-evaluation of the time it would take to fully implement an enjoyable co-op experience. The team had originally estimated a six month development cycle, but has since realized that it would take closer to nine.
Additionally, Undead Labs isn't sure that it would meet the expectations that the community has set for it, but will be working on including multiplayer in the sequel. Based on comments in the official forums in response to the announcement, players seem to be taking the news well.
Other top requests from the community include a sandbox mode and a spear, which upon reflection seems like a pretty darn good zombie-fighting weapon. Also, we had reported on problems with the title's first patch. Those issues have since been fixed with another update.
[Source: Undead Labs via Joystiq]
Our TakeEvery time I hear about a developer choosing not to include "check the box" multiplayer, I get a little bit more excited about our future. This is a sentiment I've heard a number of times echoed recently by publishers, including Bethesda and 2K Games. Bioshock Infinite did just fine as a single-player title, and 2K Marin's The Bureau: XCOM Declassified won't have a tacked-on multiplayer mode.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that online play is one bullet point that publishers are starting to realize isn't always viewed as a positive.
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I a bit sad, but think they are making the correct choice if they think it won't be up to par. I do also agree with your take, Mike.
i agree that multiplayer shouldn't just be tacked on just to be tacked on, but this game looks like it would benefit from it.
I agree. The more I get to play threw a game that doesn't suggest going online and grouping with others to complete missions/quests, The more time I spend enjoying the game. :) I'm hoping to get this next check.
Got to admit, I am disappointed to hear this news to say the least. I do respect their decision though. I'd rather have focus on the next game being all around better, then having them exhaust their time and resources on something that sounds like it wouldn't be what we have in our heads anyway.
Good thing the single player is still so fun.
A little sayin of mine is: if you can't do something well then why did you do it at all? I really dislike half butt jobs and when I put my mind to something, I do it proficiently and good. For me there decision is fine. Never tack on something like multi-player if you don't have the time/money/skill to do it great. Multi-player could of been really fun but I will be happy with just single player. Already, I have spent 46 hours on the game and will spend many more. Fun game.
Normally I'd agree about the "Our Take" statement, but this isn't like throwing in some "me too" deathmatch into some random game just because. Co-op in something like this would be pretty cool. Still, I like that they'd rather get an improved sequel out rather than nitpicking at this.
what the hell? me and buddy have been waiting for the multiplayer patch to come in so we could purchase.
I agree. I prefer to solo game, I mean I kinda like multiplayer and some games do it well but I dont like how multiplayer is completely engulfing the game industry. I prefer multiplayer to be a benefit and not a choice where I can just have as much experience/fun playing with strangers that I do by myself.