God of War’s triumphant, genre defining success is nothing short of impressive, especially in the overly saturated video game market. Honestly, when is the last time you remember a game being celebrated so much? To jog your memory, it happened nearly 3 years ago with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, when a game managed to define the RPG genre. Now, it is God of War taking the helm, and this only proves that the single-player genre is not dead.
I know, in a world where multiplayer games like Fortnite, and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds are defining the gaming industry, it is rather strange to see something a single player game making the waves, but this is not something what we believe in alone. As a matter of fact, Corey Barlog, the man who helmed the direction of God of War also believes the same. In a recent interview with, Corey defended the single player games, and said that the process is like going through ebb and flow, and in order to make a successful single player game, many creative minds come together and start pitching their ideas. According to Barlog, he does not feel like there is a competition between single and multiplayer games, which certainly means that developers can focus on either of the aspects without feeling like they are leaving something behind.
Considering how large and lucrative the video gaming industry is – it is safe to say that both genres can coexist without any issues whatsoever. Then there are games who masterfully blend in the aspects of single player as well as multiplayer – case in point Grand Theft Auto V that provides you with a fun multiplayer, as well as a fun single-player experience.
However, if you still want to understand the importance of single player games in the modern day gaming industry, just take a look games like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, NieR Automata, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Far Cry 5. While the latter 2 had some sort of online experience, more than 90 percent part of these games were entirely based around single player experience, and they provided some memorable experiences.
The simplest thing that you need to understand here is that as long as there are industry greats like Corey Barlog, and developers like SIE Santa Monica Studio, and CD Projekt Red, the good news is that single player games are going to stay, and stay for a while. This completely debunks the theories or statements in the market that talk about how single player as a genre is slowly dying, because it certainly is not the case here.
The truth is that there is plenty of room for more maturing in the single player genre, and considering the situation, it is only going to go forward. We just have to wait and see how far it ends up going, and how many great games we keep on getting.