Phasmophobia’s developer has stated in no uncertain terms that he is not adding a PvP mode, and that the game will remain exclusively PvE.
A previously considered PvP mode for the popular ghost hunting game Phasmophobia has been officially called off by the developer. The co-op horror game has achieved considerable success since its early access launch in September. It’s become such a massive success that the game’s single developer has been forced to reconsider what his plans are for the future of the game in early access and beyond.
It’s not hard to see why Phasmophobia has risen to such success. It’s still quite rough around the edges, especially concerning the player models. But its unique take on atmospheric horror is wildly successful. It casts teams of up to four players as professional ghost hunters, giving them unreliable tools to explore a dark, haunted building and try to locate and identify a spirit before it murders them. Its use of voice recognition and native chat helps it stand apart from other online multiplayer games, and have catapulted it to success among groups of friends looking for a way to spend time during the pandemic lockdown, as well as YouTubers and game streamers looking to amuse their fans with a few scares.
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Even while fans enjoy prowling haunted houses for ghosts, they’ve also been eagerly awaiting news of the future of the game. The developer has a DLC roadmap which he updates regularly, and one addition in particular got some fans very interested. Developer Kinetic Games briefly considered a 3v1 competitive mode where three ghost hunters were pitted against a single player-controlled ghost. In a recent interview with IGN, solo developer Dknighter explains why the mode was removed from the roadmap. “Right now I have no plans to add another game mode, as it would turn the game into something completely different, and push the game away from what I want it to be.” Dknighter wants to focus on bug fixes and refining the basic four-player co-op mode, rather than introduce new functions to change the game completely.
The lack of a PvP mode will likely disappoint some fans, but it’s far from the only thing on Phasmophobia‘s roadmap that players can look forward to. Dknighter has promised more maps and other features to expand and improve the traditional co-op gameplay, and while he’s expressed an intent to focus on bug fixes and other mechanical updates, these other new features will surely make their way into the game before too long.
Phasmophobia is one of many surprise hits that have come to the gaming industry this year. It’s good to know that players who’ve been split up by COVID-19 can still have fun together and get scared out of their minds. The PvP mode getting cancelled might be a damper on the game, but Phasmophobia is still a truly special experience, and one that will surely only get better as time goes on.
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