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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:41am 17/06/11 | 6 Comments
Eurogamer has added some strength to the rumour the next Mass Effect would ship with some form of multiplayer, speaking with BioWare co-founder, Dr Ray Muzyka.

"We haven't talked at all about multiplayer in the Mass Effect franchise," he told the site. "But we're exploring multiplayer in all of our games and all of our franchises. It's always an idea we're interested in."

Another report from CVG, who claim to have information from an undisclosed source close to EA, suggests any such MP addition would be in the vein of a horde mode, not at all dissimilar to that found in EA's other space-faring franchise, Dead Space.

"Mainstream penetration is a major goal for Mass Effect 3 and those high up feel online co-op is the answer they're looking for," the site's source said. "EA's keen to push the multiplayer side of the game to help spread word of mouth - so it's not just going to rehash stuff from the campaign. It's going all out."

Both CVG and Eurogamer claim the purported multiplayer will feature "competitive elements" and would "not compromise" the single-player portion of the game. While CVG says the multiplayer itself would be built around "original missions made for online". Much of this makes sense given that EA officially said the Mass Effect 3 delay from November 2011 to March 2012 was to "address a far larger market opportunity".

How do you feel about the potential inclusion of multiplayer in Mass Effect 3?

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Posted 10:57am 17/6/11
Really hoping they don't TBH, there's just no need for it and if it's not great, it will only detract from the quality of the solo game like what happened with BioShock 2's shoe-horned multiplayer. Finish off the trilogy first, then look into adding cooperative from the beginning of a new title, not just a tack-on please.
Posted 11:03am 17/6/11
the rumour i thought was going around was an mmo based on the mass effect universe, not multiplayer for me3.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:06am 17/6/11
actually rav, there were three - one was the MMO one, another was a stand-alone multiplayer offering, and the more recent, a mp addition to the core game
Posted 12:25pm 17/6/11
A standalone multiplayer offering would be something I could get behind, especially if its something co-op like was mentioned in the OP. But otherwise, yeah, I agree with Dan, keep it out of the main game. It'll just eat up time and resources that could be spent making the single player portion better, and really, the single player is what makes Mass Effect so awesome, not some tacked on multiplayer.
Posted 01:21pm 17/6/11
What Khel said. Keep ME3 solo player only then do a new game with MP as part of it.
Posted 01:30pm 17/6/11
The call of Call of Duty proves too strong for most publishers. ME3 seems to be following the same trajectory that ME2 set, in moving more and more in the direction of a straight up shooter. It's looking very much like the same thing is happening with BF3, from what I've seen of the multiplayer its looking like bad company 3 rather than a sequel to battlefield 2.

It's a real piss off that EA and Activision feel the need to turn their back on the customers that helped to make them great. When they get a sniff of mainstream dollars they start turning all of their franchises into clones of whatever is popular. Thank god rhythm games aren't still making money otherwise Shepard would probably be shredding out on the space guitar.
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