Multiplayer comes in many shapes and guises, from simple online connectivity, asynchronous challenges, to co-op and full PvP action. Recent games like Dishonored, a brand new IP from Arkane Studios, have shown us that refraining from sidelining resources just to tick a box on the back of the pack can leave you to develop a fully fledged single player experience that still resonates with today's gamers. On the flipside games like Borderlands 2 have delivered not only a solid single player campaign, but they've built it from the ground up to be incredible amounts of fun with your friends.
Here at Square Enix we're no strangers to multiplayer, with Heroes of Ruin offering an addictive drop-in/drop-out action-adventure for up to 4 players on the 3DS. Even FINAL FANTASY, a traditionally single player driven series, has evolved to produce hugely successful MMO iterations in the form of FINAL FANTASY XI and the upcoming FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
We want to know what multiplayer means to you. Do you play online or at home with your friends, is it something that makes or breaks a game for you or do you only ever play single player? If there was one Square Enix game that didn't have a multiplayer component that you feel should, what game would it be and how would it work?
As always share your opinions with us in the comments. Feel free to discuss the topic and engage with each other’s ideas but please be nice, there are no wrong answers.