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UPDATE: Early details on Mass Effect 3's newly announced multiplayer mode have started to slip out via the developer's forums.
According to the forum post, the multiplayer mode will be cooperative with up to four players. Players will be able to "choose from a variety of classes and races," and success in the co-op mode will affect the "Galactic Readiness" system in the solo game. It's unclear how that will influence your game overall, but knowing BioWare and the Mass Effect series, it could be a primary factor in deciding how the universe looks when you finish Mass Effect 3.
ORIGINAL STORY: Commander Shepard has never been the go-it-alone type, but the hero will have more backup than usual in Mass Effect 3. Confirming longstanding rumors, BioWare has revealed that the third installment of the series will feature an online multiplayer component.
Details on Mass Effect 3's multiplayer functionality will be appearing in the November issue of Australian mag PC Powerplay. Details are scarce at this point, but Eurogamer is reporting that multiplayer is separate from the main campaign and will include some form of competitive element.
We'll have more information on Mass Effect 3's multiplayer soon, so stay tuned.
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All those already crying foul need to remember Bioware has been developing one of the most anticipated MMO's (Star Wars: ToR) for the past six years or so. I'm sure during that time they've learned a thing or two about how to properly implement multiplayer elements into their games.
I'm personally very excited. My brothers are also big ME fans and the idea of getting to play alongside them in the ME universe sounds like it's gonna be fun.
Looks like I'm renting Mass Effect 3. Useless Multiplayer that nobody asked for and takes away resources from the single player game = Rental.
Sounds about as ridiculous as putting MP in Bioshock.
those idiots they messed it up *** them!!!
I'm fine with the multiplayer element as long as this was an afterthought and the story and campaign came first. I'll probably play it a little but I'm hoping it's dealt with like assassins creed and is definitely an add on to an amazing game not the reason people are going to buy it.
I love Mass Effect and trust Bioware to make a multiplayer that doesn't trivialize my 4x game saves as Commander Shepherd. That's all I'm hoping for -- a multiplayer that's either fun, or something I can completely ignore if it's not. Naughty Dog pulled this off really well with Uncharted and I'm sure Bioware can too.
Co-op missions would be a great addition. Competitive multiplayer would work too. Alliance soldiers and adepts going up against Cerberus mechs in an objective-based game sounds pretty natural. Heros vs. Baddies. Again, reference Uncharted.
The thing I don't get is how people are reacting so negatively to this. Bioware hired outside their company to create the MP (that IS how we all learned about this in the first place, right?)-- no time or effort was taken away from the story we love. And if competing isn't your thing, just pretend that part of the game isn't even there. No effect on you. But there might be a really positive effect on someone else who actually enjoys competing against other people using these game mechanics, with these characters. Why wouldn't ANY company want offer something extra that extends the shelf-life of their product? The uproar doesn't even make sense. The haters all sound like people who stop listening to cool indy bands once they get signed to a record label. "Oh, I don't listen to Arcade Fire anymore. Too many people like them."
lets see how it works
Hopefully it's unique to what can fit in the universe. If it is just standard deathmatch type modes and detracts from the quality of the single player experience, I won't be too happy.
Dang, that's cool.
Why? If it was co-op I wouldn't mind, but competitive? Mass Effect does not need that. I thought this extra development time was going to be used for good.
Mass Effect doesn't need multiplayer, but if Bioware pulls it off and makes it awesome it would be a bonus to what is going to be a great game.
Meh, I doubt I'll play it and I really don't think a story driven game needs multiplayer. The game is already long enough and replayable enough that people are getting their money's worth Bioware didn't need to add a tacked on multiplayer mode.
As long as they do it well, I'm all for it.
I can dig it. Persistent character, squad-play, galactic-conquest elements, side-story development. This could be a good thing.
I would prefer that there was no multiplayer so the developers could concentrate on a better game. I am happy that Arkham City didn't do this.
Still going to buy it...still going to get the collectors edition....Am I disappointed? YES! Is this stupid? YES! If I wasn't such a huge fan of the first two games I would not buy this game.