Spec Ops dev says multiplayer was not to be in the game


Cory Davis, the lead designer of Yager which developed Spec Ops: The Line for 2K earlier this year, dismisses the game’s multiplayer component as a “low-quality Call of Duty clone in third-person”, among more, while speaking to Polygon.

Specifically, the developer said the team at Yager didn’t want the game to have multiplayer, but “the publisher was determined to have it anyway. It was literally a check box that the financial predictions said we needed, and 2K was relentless in making sure that it happened – even at the detriment of the overall project and the perception of the game”.

Darkside Studios developed the multiplayer part of the game, and Davis isn’t happy about it, and is not afraid to show that. ”It sheds a negative light on all of the meaningful things we did in the single-player experience. The multiplayer game’s tone is entirely different, the game mechanics were raped to make it happen, and it was a waste of money. No one is playing it, and I don’t even feel like it’s part of the overall package — it’s another game rammed onto the disk like a cancerous growth, threatening to destroy the best things about the experience that the team at Yager put their heart and souls into creating”.

But, Davis is not against 2K. He said he’s happy the publisher approved of the game, as it was a risk “other publishers would not have had the balls to take. I’m proud of what we were able to achieve, and it was not easy”. He just sympathises with developers who are forced to create what he calls “tacked-on multiplayer”. Lastly, he called the game’s multiplayer “bulls**t, should not exist… there’s no doubt that it’s an overall failure”.

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Author: Christos Chatzisavvas View all posts by
Gaming lover, web developing graduate, founder and developer at Starblind Entertainment. Keep your eye out for news, reviews, previews and opinion articles, as well as game projects. Follow me on Twitter @CrashOkami.

5 Comments on "Spec Ops dev says multiplayer was not to be in the game"

  1. Ernice Gilbert August 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm -


  2. nick August 30, 2012 at 8:25 am -

    just goes to show how publishers are destroying the industry!

  3. os1019 August 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm -

    Finally someone had the heart to speak out against this nonsense. From a single player POV how is Spec-Ops?

  4. nick August 31, 2012 at 10:06 am -

    pretty disappointing.
    dont waste your money on it, theres many games out that deserve your money more than spec ops!

  5. Christos Chatzisavvas August 31, 2012 at 10:43 am -

    Nah, I would say it’s pretty good in single-player. In fact, I think I should post my review here, even if it’s a couple of months old ;)

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