There’s been a boom in popularity with multi-player games or multi-player modes, especially once consoles offered online gaming. In fact, they make up some of the best-selling titles in recent history such as Overwatch, Call of Duty, Destiny 2, Super Mario Party, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Fortnite. I go in-depth with a few more examples below:
Minecraft was initially released in 2011 and sold over 200 million copies. Approximately 24 million of those were made between May 2020 and May 2021.
Among Us surprised even its developers with its insane popularity. InnerSloth released this sleeper hit in 2018, and by November 2020, Among Us had approximately 350 million downloads and $50 million in lifetime revenue.
The last example is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This long-lasting franchise launched its latest title in 2017, and it’s still selling like hot cakes. At the turn of the new year, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold over 33.41 million copies.
With hit after hit in the multi-player space, one does have to ask if single-player games are dead. I personally think not. While there is an increased interest with multi-player games or modes, that does not take away from what single-player games uniquely give to us. Blockbuster titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and The Last of Us, Part II prove that single-player games are alive and well. I believe that single-player games can offer a narrative that multi-player games don’t have the muscle for. Even single-player indie games have made it to Game of the Year lists–think Hades back in 2020.
The way I see it is, multi-player games’ slice of the popularity pie has steadily increased. I’m also sure that during the pandemic, one way to cope with social distancing is to engage with others via online gaming. It’s another platform for people to connect. However, single-player games will always have a stronghold in the gaming community. It may not dominate the industry as much as it used to, but I think it’s far from death, and I am grateful for such diversity available to gamers.
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