Sorry for the wall of text
Earlier today we put up our interview with Rebellion’s Rob Dale about Strange Brigade, the developer’s newest co-op adventure that’s more of a fun spiritual successor to their own Zombie Army Trilogy - which although third-person still felt inspired by Valve’s Left 4 Dead. We put the same question to Rob, and here’s his response:
“It’s clearly something that there should be more of! They’re great fun to play with your friends. I don’t know why there aren’t more. If you look at player statistics, Left 4 Dead still gets loads of players. I don’t think it’s that the players aren’t there, they’re just not being catered to. We’ve obviously got experience making four-player co-op so it’s easy for us to make the jump straight back into that , whereas other developers might be more used to straight multiplayer or single-player.”
While Rob was just as baffled as we were as the audience is clearly out there, he did agree with Martin Wahlund that the difficulty in actually making this type of co-op game might be why there’s not more on the market. And with so few on the market, there are equally few game developers around who actually know how to make them - and consequently new developers, either through inexperience or being intimidated, are not trying to enter the market.