Standalone single player experiences are all but dying out, with established solo franchises such as Dead Space, BioShock, and Assassin's Creed all receiving lackluster multiplayer additions. Until recently, Metro: Last Night, the upcoming sequel to 2010's Metro 2033, was set to join the online multiplayer fray, but it appears that developer 4A Games has dropped the feature.
A statement on 4A Games' website revealed the reasons behind the decision, explaining that "the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most."
"We never dedicated too many resources to the MP component beyond prototyping; it never entered full production," continued 4A Games. "By making the decision when we did, we think the single player campaign will benefit as a result."
4A Games went on to assure that the single player had not suffered due to time spent on multiplayer prototypes, and that a multiplayer mode could find its way to the game post-release.
Earlier this year, Spec Ops: The Line -- another bold, story-based shooter -- was criticized for including shoe-horned multiplayer that detracted from the core experience. Perhaps 4A Games noticed this criticism and took it to heart, and Metro: Last Light is a sign of things to come.