There's no question that multiplayer features are really popular in games nowadays – who doesn't want to play along with friends? – but Blizzard's Rob Pardo believes that the single player experience as we know it could very well be dying out.

In an interview with, he explains why he feels they're coming to an end.  "It's really sad," Pardo said. "There's just a lot of elements out there that conspire to make those games difficult to make now. Between pirating or the ability for people to rent games, it's hard for publishers to pour millions and millions of dollars into a game and not necessarily see the return they need to make those budgets realistic."

Pardo, of course, is the big cheese behind such games as Diablo III and World of Warcraft, so it'd be easy to see how he feels multiplayer games are leading down the path.  But what do you think?

You can read Pardo's full interview at, and see if he's really got a point.