THQ has revealed that Saints Row The Third has no multiplayer component, although it does feature co-op.
Speaking in an interview with Digital Spy, Associate producer James Torbit said the developer didn’t feel multiplayer was necessary, since the game includes a multiplayer co-op mode instead.
“Maybe we felt like we shoe-horned [multiplayer] in a little bit on Saint’s Row 2, because we have these two very different things going on, they’re both very complicated, and we just want to do this, which is very popular, the best.
“We wanted to focus from a multiplayer perspective on the co-op, this other co-op mode we can’t talk about, and then the sandbox open-world experience, that’s the heart of the game.
“In some ways that competitive multiplayer mode was a distraction from that, and we wanted to say we’re not going to do that and we’re going to make this part of it the best we possibly can. It was a practical decision.”
There are certainly other games about which include rather robust multiplayer modes, so we would have to support the developer in this decision, after all if you aren’t able to provide an experience worth having then it’s best not to provide it at all.