You can play Bungie's MMO-shooter Destiny on your lonesome throughout, but it may be wiser to team up when it comes to certain "end-game" missions that appear once you've completed the story, the developer's Jason Jones has revealed. In fact, scratch the "may be".
The game is primarily an action experience, mixing Halo-esque handling with RPG classes and exploration, but you'll be continually nudged towards the multiplayer by sneaky background processes, such as match-making that arranges a "spontaneous" rendezvous with a fellow wanderer when you enter a certain area.
Players are free to turn down all opportunities for social play, but this may be tantamount to suicide towards the end of the game. Strength in numbers, and all that.
"You absolutely are going to be able to play Destiny by yourself and have the same kind of fun shooter-experience that you could have in a single-player campaign, which is a word that we've weeded out of our vocabulary," Jones told Game Informer in a new interview.
"But we're going to give you this great player-progression on top of that, and we're going to give you as many opportunities as we possibly can to expose you to other people, so that hopefully you're drawn into some social experiences, because those are incredibly powerful and interesting, but we're not going to force those on you.
"We describe it in a lot of ways as sloping the floor towards socialization, without putting a requirement on it," he continued. "I would say that there's some sort of - if you wanted to talk about it in MMO terms, you'd say 'end-game activities', but some of the most intense non-competitive activities in the game do require cooperation. They require a group of players to tackle at once.
"I guess at some variable, distant endpoint we are going to say, 'Yeah, if you show up at this door, and you don't have five friends, you're not going to be able to succeed,' but the core experience that solo players have enjoyed in shooters, they're going to be able to get that, and we're going to pull many of them into social experiences as well."
Destiny also requires you to play online, even if you don't intend to play co-op or participate in competitive multiplayer - as revealed this weekend, From Software's Dark Souls is a key inspiration. A public Destiny beta is forthcoming next year.
For more, read our round-up of the most promising Xbox One games of 2014.
Update: An earlier version of this story incorrectly suggested that co-op play was required to complete the game's story. Bungie has clarified that the main campaign can be finished entirely solo, and the quotes above refer to "Raids and end game content you can play after you complete the story."