Gamers can be a patient bunch. You wouldn’t know it by looking through what’s said in community forums or the comments section of YouTube or really any gaming blog, but those places also fail to mention the numerous difficult waits we’ve endured or continue to endure today. As much as I’d like to get my hands on another Half-Life game, I can wait for it.
The horror-loving community has had their patience tested, too. When developers first started shoehorning multiplayer components into their horror games, usually at the request of a greedy publisher, the results were almost entirely abysmal. It took a few years and a handful of failures — Resident Evil 5, Dead Space 2, Condemned 2, etc. — before we got to where we are today.
Now, we have innovative twists on multiplayer in games like Bloodborne, or the co-op mode in Dead Space 3 that doesn’t strand players with an incompetent AI.
We’ve gotten over the hump, and now we get to start reaping our rewards. If you’re interested, here are a few upcoming games that I believe could continue this trend of multiplayer modes in horror games that don’t suck.