Disappointing news today as the official Game Informer issue has reached Co-optimus HQ bearing the bad news about the upcoming Transformers game. According to their exclusive preview article of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, the game is dropping the three player co-op campaign that was a staple of the previous game in the series.
The reasoning? Well it seems two-fold as explained by the game's director Matt Tieger.
In pursuit of a better story and tailored gameplay experience, Fall of Cybertron's campaign is a single-player affair from beginning to end. (Matt) Tieger is refreshingly honest about the reasoning behind the decision to drop cooperative play.
"I love co-op. It was not an easy decision to make, by any stretch, but I think it was the right one. With that many characters in the co-op experience, it tends to homogenize all the experiences that we can provide to you, so that everything can be at a consistent level," Tieger says. "And we felt like we couldn't express the characters the way that we wanted to. On top of that, it's a colossal effort to have a co-op experience work with AI buddies that run with you the whole time."
All isn't completely lost though - later on in the article Tieger mentions how much fans enjoyed the co-op Escalation mode in the first game, and while he isn't confirming it's return outright, it's strongly implied the entire multiplayer component in both versus and co-op is getting an overhaul adding in a lot of character customization.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is out next year on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We'll have more details on co-op in the game when they become available.