4A Games has announced that Metro: Last Light will ship without a planned multiplayer component. Speaking directly to fans on the game’s website, 4A revealed that its dedicated multiplayer team was pulled off prototyping and folded back into the core development crew following E3 2012.
“Your response to our E3 demo made 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,” the post stated.
The developer noted that it was “probably a mistake” to have announced the multiplayer when it did, but noted that because the multiplayer team had always been very small, the single-player campaign hasn’t suffered for the dual focus.
Metro: Last Light is still on track for a 2013 release; 4A Games hasn’t ruled out adding a multiplayer component post-launch but declined to give details.
Source: Enter the Metro