Train2Game Game Designers will build games in which MMO elements form part of the single player narrative.
At least that’ll be the case if the predictions of id Software’s Creative Director Tim Willits come true. In an interview with MCV, he discussed the future of narrative in games and believes social aspects will become an integral part.
“Storytelling is key in open world games, and then just the sheer variety of things you can do.” He told the industry publication.
“We have games like Skyrim, where there’s just SO much you can do: you can develop your character the way you want, you can develop the game the way you want and play it the way you want, and that’s a great trend I hope will continue to grow”
“But it’s the social aspect of games which is hugely important” Willits stated.
“In the future, I believe we will have many more games where the choices that you make in your single player game will affect games that other people play. Yes, we have massively multiplayer games now, but they’re so connected and tied-in and you’ll have a much more social component to many bigger games.”
And when asked if single player and multiplayer MMOs could converge over time, the RAGE Creative Director said he believed they would.”
“Yes. Just think of Fallout” he said. “If you went off to do something and you’re playing through and you made one faction more powerful.”
“Maybe, when your buddy gets there that faction still is. That’d just be cool! If things that you did in your game affected the universe, where you’re not necessarily directly competing, but different people’s outcomes are affected by what you do.”
The Train2Game blog was fortunate enough to speak to Tim Willits at Gamescom last month, and in an in-depth interview he discussed how id Software developed the different aspects of RAGE.
Willits also revealed that he believes modding is an excellent way for Train2Game students to get into the games industry. Train2Game students would therefore be wise to get their hands on the RAGE SDK which as reported by the Train2Game blog will be available following the games release!
Do you agree with Willits? Will single player games include MMO elements? Is it something that you’d like to see? And how will it impact on game design?
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