We chatted to Sandbox Strategies' Bill Linn at Gamescom this year, who confirmed to us that the upcoming title from Hard Iron - Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse - will not feature online multiplayer, instead offering up two-player co-op and four-player local competitive MP only.
"No, there won't be [online multiplayer]," he told us during the Family Guy presentation at Activision's Gamescom 2012 booth. "There is local [multiplayer], and four-player local at that. But it was one of those decisions that was made early on. It's kind of a game where you end up griefing a lot, and you saw in the demo that you can do friendly fire, so if that happens, I kinda just want to reach over and punch you. I don't want to be yelling into a headset, that's no fun. It's a game that perfect for enjoying with a friend on the couch."
We asked if the seeming trend towards fewer games incorporating a local element was a bad thing in his eyes.
"It depends on the game," he said. "There are plenty of games that lend themselves well to online multiplayer, but at the end of the day, I prefer the experience of sitting down with some friends or my wife, or my kid, or whatever, and playing next to someone. Especially for a game like Family Guy, it's just easier."
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is out for PS3 and Xbox 360 later this.