I was looking into the Stronghold (castle-building RTS) series today, and this is yet another example of a game that lacks the capability to add AI's in multiplayer or LAN. I tend to play games with my brother, and simply want to play with humans vs. AI, and have been let down by so many games. I don't like the uber-competitiveness of online gaming. Either it's too competitive for the amount of time I'm willing to invest, or it's filled with swearing idiots, or it's just not as reliable. I also don't have many friends who game. So why can't I just add bots in multiplayer?
Let me just list a few game that lack the capability to use the singleplayer AI in multiplayer I've played off the top of my head:
Grid and the entire Dirt series (and most racing games)
Total War series.
Too many other games to count - I'm sure you guys can name many more.
In addition, it seems that the larger the developer, the more likely they are to not allow AI in multiplayer or LAN. Thus, this seems to be a feature that is not added when budgets are larger
You can even Google ai in multiplayer games
and come up with a host of results. And often these posts are unanswered or ignored (as this thread may be as well). Why do so games lack such a simple feature? Is it DRM? Is it programmer laziness? Do they simply hate co-op players? Is it actually HARD for developers to enable the singleplayer AI in a multiplayer game?