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No multiplayer modes for Vanquish

Shinji Mikami explains the decision.

Platinum Games has confirmed that Vanquish, the new third-person shooter being overseen by Shinji Mikami, won't feature any multiplayer modes.

The announcement was made at a recent press event in Tokyo. Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Mikami explained the decision to stick to single-player gameplay.

"Vanquish is very intense, full of action. There are just so many things going on," he said.

"When you take that into a multiplayer environment, then you have to realistically consider shaving a lot of things off and putting them into your multiplayer environment."

According to Mikami, it's a question of balance - and of delivering the best single-player experience possible.

"It kind of boils down to whether you have the multiplayer but you don't have that much impact, and end up being like everyone else. Or even below par," he said.

"So that's the main reason we're keeping Vanquish as a single-player experience - to deliver the level of impact, the level of detail and the visuals we want to offer."

Vanquish is in development for PS3 and Xbox 360 and due out this winter. For more, read our recent preview.

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