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Why There's No Bulletstorm Co-op

Bulletstorm developer interview on the Telegraph talks with "Clifford" Bleszinski, asking the artist formerly known as CliffyB some questions about Bulletstorm as Epic prepares to launch the first-person shooter they co-developed with People Can Fly (thanks Computer and Video Games). One question asks why there's no campaign co-op, and Clifford explains that they found that it made the game into a "downhill skiing simulator," saying:

First off, it was in there at one point and it actually worked, but we found that the game shifted from being this kind of puzzle shooter into essentially this downhill skiing simulator, where people were seeing how fast they could get to the bottom of the mountain. Really the game just broke down, and it was a situation where people would race through the game, ignoring the vistas and they wouldn't set up as many skillshots. So when we made the decision to go straight campaign, it gave us the chance to put in one-offs that could only be controlled by one player, like the giant robotic dinosaur, where you don't have to worry about Player 2, or slow motion one-offs that could only occur in a single player game.

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46. Re: Why There's No Bulletstorm Co-op Feb 21, 2011, 15:25 Prez
 
Why? Features that aren't fun get cut all the time.

You do realize that fun is subjective right? For example, I don't think I'll find the base nature and crass, obnoxious humor that pervades throughout this game to be "fun", but maybe other people will. It's one thing if they were to say that they started implementing it but found that it was going to take more resources than they felt like dedicating towards it, but they said they got it working.

And the only reason I've ever seen a game that included coop get slagged for including it is when it's apparent the single player game was simplified to facilitate its inclusion. I've never seen a coop game that didn't make the game more fun to me. Even ones that were never intended to have coop. Half-Life, Elite Force, Half-Life 2, and Doom 3 all were made exponentially more fun by modders creating a coop mode for them.

As far as game reviews go, I have never seen a game with bad multiplayer or coop lose review points specifically because the included features were not up to the reviewers standard. At most, I've read "It's got a mulitplayer mode, but just weeks after release I can't find anyone playing it,so it's kind of pointless" and the like. Lastly, for the record, I'm not bagging on Epic at all in this thread; few people are actually.
 
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