Cliff Bleszinski Explains Why Bulletstorm’s Co-Op Was Canceled

Bulletstorm is shaping up to be a great game. It’s not going to be just your typical FPS. There is a lot about the game that will be different than what’s already out there today, and quite frankly — that’s great. However, Bulletstorm did have co-op play, but it was unfortunately–for co-op fans–canceled. Recently Cliff Bleszinski explained why they removed the co-op element from the game.

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.

Makes sense when you step back and look at it. There are a lot of games that have cooperative modes, but they lose that same appeal the singleplayer offers. When you think about it, look at games like Halo, or even Gears of War. While the cooperative is great, it often takes away from the overall experience and–as Bleszinkski said–keeps players in a race, or are distracted from what’s going on around them.

Although, it’s a double edge sword. Cooperative gameplay can be great when you don’t feel like being forever alone. However, it looks like we’ll have to make due without it this time around. Personally, I think I’d rather play Bulletstorm as a singleplayer experience. Whatever the case, Bulletstorm is set to release Tuesday the 22nd.

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Bulletstorm developer interview: Cliff Bleszinski [Telegraph]

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  1. By JustAndrew on 02-18-2011 20:05

    So is there multiplayer in this game? I heard about co-op, but nothing about TDM, etc. I gotta say, if there's no co-op, and no multiplayer, this game won't be quite as appealing. I like the idea behind it, but I feel like it would get stale pretty quickly if it was singleplayer only.

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  2. By xDSJxPyro on 02-18-2011 20:09

    Originally Posted by JustAndrew:
    Quote So is there multiplayer in this game? I heard about co-op, but nothing about TDM, etc. I gotta say, if there's no co-op, and no multiplayer, this game won't be quite as appealing. I like the idea behind it, but I feel like it would get stale pretty quickly if it was singleplayer only.

    Yes there will be multi-player.

    It is cool to see companies that actually GET RID of co-op in games. Too many games these days seem to add co-op to games just because they think it will add to replay value(which it does) but is not needed. Glad they did this for the greater good of the game.

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  3. By Mugen01 on 02-18-2011 20:14

    I definitely agree. I will probably buy this game regardless, but the replay value SOARS if they keep the multiplayer. Co-op I wasn't really sad to see go. I think visually it's very appealing and if you cut the screen in half then imo you lose some of the appeal.

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  4. By JustAndrew on 02-18-2011 20:15

    Originally Posted by xDSJxPyro:
    Quote Yes there will be multi-player.

    It is cool to see companies that actually GET RID of co-op in games. Too many games these days seem to add co-op to games just because they think it will add to replay value(which it does) but is not needed. Glad they did this for the greater good of the game.

    Well that settles that for me. Multiplayer will only add to the awesomeness. It's weird that I had never heard it had a multiplayer before. But I'm glad it's there. Don't really care about co-op. I don't think I've ever played co-op before anyway.

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  5. By JesusHMacy on 02-18-2011 20:16

    ah that sucks, I play a lot of co-op games I would have liked it in this one.

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  6. By astonman247 on 02-18-2011 20:17

    No tear shed about not having Co-op. A lot of games today put Co-op which really isn't necessary most games that do i never play on Co-op Unless its Halo.

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  7. By xDSJxPyro on 02-18-2011 20:19

    Originally Posted by JustAndrew:
    Quote Well that settles that for me. Multiplayer will only add to the awesomeness. It's weird that I had never heard it had a multiplayer before. But I'm glad it's there. Don't really care about co-op. I don't think I've ever played co-op before anyway.

    This goes into a little of the multi-player of the game.

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  8. By dumpdemon on 02-18-2011 21:51

    fuck me and my friend where going to play there the hole game :(

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  9. By outroxx on 02-19-2011 15:07

    Makes sense, gonna buy the game once I get my week off

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  10. By Flaming Jesus on 02-19-2011 16:15

    wow no co-op that sucks BALLS

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  11. By SourNotHardcore on 02-19-2011 16:32

    Aw, I hope the game turns out really good SP-wise.

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  12. By Vampiricassassin41 on 02-19-2011 21:14

    I was originally disappointed when I read the title, [s]and I swore at my computer screen[s] but after reading the article, I decided that maybe it's not such a bad thing. Especially after having played the demo about 60 times.

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  13. By Uber on 02-19-2011 22:21

    I don't know whether to be exited or disappointed about this news. I love co-op, me and my brother played the digital SHIT out of the halo series since the beginning, plus any other of the past good games with co-op, it just fun to me. But then again I love it when they add all them extra little doodads that can only be done with a single player game. So generally, im going to go with an "ehh" response.

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  14. By Cynicalbrit on 02-19-2011 22:26

    Good to see that some companies still make decisions based on quality of the game.

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