Home
Twitter
RSS
Newsletter
Tristan Kalogeropoulos
04 Jul, 2007

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption misses out on online play

Wii News | No one pwns Samus
With Metroid Prime Hunters on the DS featuring Wi-Fi play many assumed we’d be seeing similar efforts on the online play front in the franchise’s next iteration. Unfortunately for those wanting to see some online Samus on Samus action, Metroid Prime 3 Corruption is not the place to go searching, its developers confirming with GamePro that there will be no online multiplayer in the upcoming title.

When questioned regarding the possibility of included online modes in the game, Retro Studios President and CEO Michael Kelbaugh stated, "No. It's something we talked about early on, but we only have so many resources. We opted to devote those resources to making a better single-player experience."

Nintendo has been criticised by many commentators for what they view as less than adequate support of the Wii's online functionality for multiplayer gaming. If there was one title that gamers were hoping could drag the company into the online era it was Metroid Prime 3. Both Retro studios and fans of Samus worldwide are undoubtadly hoping that the game's single player action will provide a good enough experience, and appeal to enough players, for them to overlook this omission.

Related Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Content

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Review
25 Oct, 2007 A prime candidate for your hard earned cash.
Metroid Prime 3 Preview Channel hits Australia
15 Oct, 2007 Gamers flashing blue for preview.
New Metroid Prime 3: Corruption shots
23 May, 2007 Metroidy.
60 Comments
6 years ago
I'm sure I read that it was strictly singleplayer about a year ago.
6 years ago
Good!

To me, Metroid has always been about solo play. I didn't play MPH online even once. Just not interested.
6 years ago
Good to see some games bucking the trend and excluding multiplayer so single can flourish.

I mean seriously, we don't need every single game with a gun to be multiplayer.
6 years ago
Was it ever meant to have online multiplayer? I certainly never heard anything.
6 years ago
This comes as a massive blow for many people. Corruption could have been an excellent move by Nintendo in showcasing online play in a First Person Shooter. Especially seeing as they are promising the title to be a revolutionary way to play FPS games. Let's hope the single player experience rings true to this massive sacrifice. One thing is for sure.. Nintendo is really lacking with online play and there's no denying its something that many gamers are demanding from them. Especially with the Wii.
6 years ago
online play on metroid 3 would beat metroid hunter multiplayer -_-
6 years ago
S.Jaworski wrote
This comes as a massive blow for many people. Corruption could have been an excellent move by Nintendo in showcasing online play in a First Person Shooter. Especially seeing as they are promising the title to be a revolutionary way to play FPS games. Let's hope the single player experience rings true to this massive sacrifice. One thing is for sure.. Nintendo is really lacking with online play and there's no denying its something that many gamers are demanding from them. Especially with the Wii.
Metroid is not a first person shooter series.
6 years ago
"We opted to devote those resources to making a better single-player experience."

I <3 Retro Studios.

It's always good to see a dev buck the trend and not waste time and manpower shoehorning a half-arsed Multiplayer mode into a game that simply doesn't need it.
6 years ago
theory wrote
Metroid is not a first person shooter series.
Metroid Prime is though. As far as it looks, it will be the first high quality FPS on the system also.
6 years ago
S.Jaworski wrote
theory wrote
Metroid is not a first person shooter series.
Metroid Prime is though.
Not really. Its still more of an adventure game that happens to be first person.

Good work Retro, now lets just hop Corruption is brilliant because of it... and that we get it quickly. C'mon... please?
6 years ago
Marlor wrote
Was it ever meant to have online multiplayer? I certainly never heard anything.
it's more of a confirmation that there won't be online multiplayer (which many were hoping for), rather than a shocking announcement.

I personally would prefer a great single player game than one with multiplayer 'tacked' on and not as much time going into the main game.
6 years ago
Oh man if it doesn't have a lengthy single player then i'll probably rent it.

Multiplayer in this game could have been great..
6 years ago
S.Jaworski wrote
theory wrote
Metroid is not a first person shooter series.
Metroid Prime is though. As far as it looks, it will be the first high quality FPS on the system also.
Reallu, it's a mix of 3D adventure, platforming and shooting.

I personally felt that (gameplay-wise) Metroid Prime had as many similarities with Zelda as it did with Quake.
6 years ago
If they wasted millions in development budget to make it online MP, most folks would play once or twice, then go back to Halo 2/Counterstrike/WoW. Good move by Retro.
6 years ago
I still would have even settled for a last minute slap on of online multiplayer, like the multiplayer on echoes. it would have added SOMETHING, surely...
6 years ago
This is fantastic news. Or rather confirmation that some rumours were false.

Marlor wrote
I personally felt that (gameplay-wise) Metroid Prime had as many similarities with Zelda as it did with Quake.
Far, far more.

Metroid games are pretty much Zelda games in terms of scenario design - that is, the way the game progresses. The only major difference is that Metroid doesn't have distinct 'dungeons', its dungeon type elements are integrated into the main world.
6 years ago
I'd rather games be single player than have crappy multi player add ons for the sake of it. So Kudos to Metroid icon_smile.gif
6 years ago
bluejay wrote
I still would have even settled for a last minute slap on of online multiplayer, like the multiplayer experienced in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. It would have added something, surely...
Don't worry, others such as myself feel the same way.
6 years ago
The inclusion of multiplayer wasn't really a rumour, because Retro mentioned they were still thinking whether or not to include it in the game at last year's E3. I'm glad they decided against it.

Metroid Prime Hunters is probably one the sh!test game, and is a fairly big disgrace to the series. Metroid Prime Pinball was kinda 'out-there' but it still felt like a Metroid game. Hunters played out too much like Quake, and the multiplayer mode is fairly terrible. Prime 2 was fairly hopeless as well; guessing they were pressured to add it in because of Halo.

Glad Retro didn't want to annoy any more fans by adding a multiplayer mode. I just hope that Prime 3 plays more like the previous GC Prime games, rather than the crappy Hunters experience.

And comparing the Metroid series, even Prime, to the Zelda series is a bit much don't you think David? The only similarities are pretty the exploration, and even then Metroid has always been continuous rather than Zelda's segmented progression.
6 years ago
Wikipedia: First-person shooter (FPS) is a genre of video games which is characterized by an on-screen view that simulates the playable characters perspective and a focus on the use of rangeweapons such as guns.

You can wax lyrical on the exploration and puzzle elements all you like. It just makes it a FPS with exploration and puzzle elements.

Do we have to call Half Life 2 an "adventure physics simulation" or Halo a "10-year-olds-calling-each-other-gay game?" just because those are their major features?
6 years ago
While this is not much of a surprise, as a consumer, more is still better.
And Wii really could use more online games, but i can wait icon_smile.gif
6 years ago
Mark wrote
And comparing the Metroid series, even Prime, to the Zelda series is a bit much don't you think David? The only similarities are pretty the exploration, and even then Metroid has always been continuous rather than Zelda's segmented progression.
Progression in both series (2D and 3D) is near identical - you can't get past something, you collect an item that's usually useful for both combat and progression, and the next area opens up. Everything else is different, but the scenario design is near identical.

And Hunters was still great. The single player was excellent except for the repeating bosses. It had the same great atmosphere, excellent music, and even a good story. And the multiplayer, while not very Metroid, was a pretty sweet handheld FPS.
6 years ago
Mark wrote
And comparing the Metroid series, even Prime, to the Zelda series is a bit much don't you think David?
Well, both (3D) Zelda and Metroid Prime feature exploration of a 3D environment, divided into a number of distinct zones or dungeons. In both, you collect combat items, which also are the key to unlocking previously inaccessible areas. The climax of each zone/dungeon is fighting a boss, who can usually only be defeated by performing a series of actions in a specific order.

Even the controls are vaguely similar. For example, they both feature a lock-on style scheme for combat.

They aren't exactly the same... but if you crossed Quake with Zelda, you would get something very similar to Metroid Prime.
6 years ago
Personally I don't care that they scrapped the online component. Afterall I get owned on all the online FPS games anyway.

Metroid should remain a single player experience. One thats very hard to beat.
Add Comment
Like this news?
Share it with this tiny url: http://palg.nu/1Qo

N4G : News for Gamers         Twitter This!

Digg!     Stumble This!

| More
  Pre-order or buy:
    PALGN recommends: www.Play-Asia.com

Australian Release Date:
  8/11/2007 (Confirmed)
Standard Retail Price:
  $99.95 AU
Publisher:
  Nintendo
Genre:
  Action Adventure
Year Made:
  2007
Players:
  1

Read more...
Currently Popular on PALGN
Australian Gaming Bargains - 08/12/11
'Tis the season to be bargaining.
R18+ Legislation
R18+ Legislation
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Preview
Hands on time with the game. Chat time with the CEO of CyberConnect 2.
PALGN's Most Anticipated Games of 2007
24 titles to keep an eye on during 2007.
PALGN's Most Anticipated Games of 2008
And you thought 2007 was populated.