Metro: Last Light won't have multiplayer at launch. Developer 4A has placed the planned multiplayer mode for the game on hold after the decision was made after E3 2012 to focus "100% of the studio’s resources on the single player campaign".
A small squad of developers had been assigned to work on various multiplayer prototypes for the post-apocalyptic shooter, but after the public response to the E3 demo, 4a found "it very clear that although there was a lot of interest and intrigue around Metro’s multiplayer, the single player campaign is what the fanbase cares about the most." As such, the group was folded back into the studio's single-player team.
It was probably a mistake to announce it when we did. Right now we’re 100% focused on the single player campaign and not thinking beyond that. We don’t like throwing away work though, it’s a project we could potentially return to after Metro: Last Light ships.
Fortunately, we never dedicated too many resources to the MP component beyond prototyping – it never entered full production. By making the decision when we did, we think the single player campaign will benefit as a result. - 4A on Metro website
Metro: Last Light is still heading for an early 2013 release for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Check out MMGN's preview.
Source: Metro website
By Nathan Misa