PlayStation just announced that God of War‘s sales hit the mark of 3.1 million only in the first three days and consequently become the console’s fastest-selling exclusive, which is a landmark victory for both PS4 and the God of War series.
This success is more proof for the belief of fans that single player games are here to stay for a long long time, if not forever, if good single player games like God of War or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild keep coming out one after another.
Almost a year ago, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – an exclusive title for Nintendo Switch Wii U impressed both gamers and critics alike, earned a lot of awards and set a world record for “the most perfect scores in Metacritic history“.
And there are even more names that count: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Evil Within 2, … of the past years and the coming titles like The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Death Stranding, …..
Bethesda even launched a campaign at The Games Awards 2017 called #SavePlayer1 to help keep good single player titles coming.
So yes, single player games are alive and better than ever with God of War being the latest proof that single player story driven games are not favored by fans over multiplayer games, not dying like articles on Forbes and Gamasutra would claim or not anywhere near “Linear single-player games are dead” like in an EA’s statement.
For God of War, let’s expect to hear its name being called in a lot of big awards ceremonies this year like The Game Awards, Golden Joystick Awards, Game Critics Awards … and I am sure that this topic is gonna be revisited a lot more times in the future.