Confirmed: Mass Effect 3 WILL Have Multiplayer

Confirmed: Mass Effect 3 WILL Have Multiplayer

The speculation is over folks! On a recent press trip to check out Mass Effect 3, PC PowerPlay had it confirmed, by Casey Hudson himself, that multiplayer will be a part of Mass Effect 3. Whether we like it or not!

A brief synopsis of PC PowerPlay’s upcoming issue states the following…

That’s right – Mass Effect 3 is getting multiplayer! We travel to BioWare’s office in Edmonton for hands-on time with the series’ first foray into online gameplay, and chat with Mass Effect Series Producer and Mass Effect 3 Project Director Casey Hudson about the decision to go multiplayer in the epic battle for the galaxy.

So that’s it. Months of speculation finally ended – Mass Effect will have multiplayer.

It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise – reports from inside EA have stated that EA wants multiplayer to be part of every single AAA title it releases, so we should have seen this one coming.

What are your thoughts? The temptation to curl into a foetal ball and ask ‘why’ is strong – but I’ve personally been surprised by recent multiplayer additions I’d previously written off as lazy tacked on nonsense.

Maybe it’ll be good?

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  • Wow… If they implement it interestingly and play to the strengths of Mass Effect (like brotherhood) I am sure it can be awesome. If it is a sellout and they are doing things quick and easy it will suck.

    Their choice.

      • Since its already likely to be an isolated element anyway, package it and sell it as a seperate downloadable title?

        • Soooo… rather than getting to try it essentially for free you’d rather pay extra for it? And that’s bad marketing anyway. You want a 1:1 install-base on something like this so that people will at least try it out.

          • well, granted that the people getting it on 360 will be paying for the privilege of playing online anyway, i cant see the harm of having it as dlc. I dont play multi on 360, & i dont intend to, so im a bit annoyed that EA are gonna be charging me for a portion of a game i dont want, or will ever use.

            It really pisses me off that EA are forcing boiware to tack-on multi into what, until now, has been a franchise that has not needed and has been very successful without the inclusion of multiplayer.

            What pisses me off even more is that unless bioware have outsourced the multi component, or have increased their dev team, resources that should have gone into making the closing part of the Shepherd trilogy an absolutely epic event, have now been spent on a diversion that is simply not needed.

            Why oh why cant EA just let it be? Release a dedicated multiplayer spin-off or something. Annualize it. Make it a subscription service. I dont care. The people who want to play a multiplayer mass effect title will buy that. But I wont. & I really dont appreciate these money-hungry dopes at EA soiling a franchise by forcing something into it that will probably just feel rushed, surplus, and unneeded.

            ME3 shouldn’t have multiplayer. Save it for a dedicated multiplayer spinoff or something.

          • I prefer not to assume the worst. The extra 3 months of development time Bioware is taking to release the game will be well spent, I am sure. Let us reserve judgement, perhaps?

    • Instead of grumbling, why don’t you look at it this way:

      You’re getting a bigger game than just KOTOR 3; 8 separate and unique stories, each that are three times longer than the original KOTOR, and the ability to play with your friends.

      I don’t know about you, but i’d rather that than no KOTOR at all.

  • I don’t care if it’s any good. It just better not take anything away from the real Mass Effect experience.

  • This has huge potential. Think about the level of customisation available to players, both in terms of combat classes and character aesthetics.

    If the gameplay is polished, this could become a thing.

  • im interested but cant see how it will work with the powers. pulling someone in the air for a few seconds would just make you defenceless and dead.

  • It could be insanely awesome, depending on the role Biotics get to play. Yanking someone out from behind cover for your team to pummel would be cool.
    As long as access to abilities is smooth – you wouldn’t want to be fiddling with menus in a firefight – it sounds promising.

  • My expectations of ME3 just plunged. I think it is unavoidable that the single-player side will suffer to allow for the inclusion of multi-player.

    You need to look no further than Bioshock 2 to see how a strong single player game is diminished by the inclusion of multi-player.

    The inclusion of multi-player in Assassin’s Creed kind of worked but I just cannot see it working for Mass Effect.

    It’s a shame that EA and Bioware did not have the courage to finish the trilogy with a truly great single player game.

    • Not necessarily. If the studio outsources multiplayer creation to someone else, then it takes strain off of them to make the single-player, so long as they’ve budgeted for it. Though that presents it’s own problems; outsourcing is giving creation of a part of the game to someone not within the team that conceptualised it in the first place.

    • See, I thought the single player for BioShock 2 was diminished due to Irrational not actually working on the game.

  • If they do it right: mass rejoicing. If they do it wrong: just another reason for everyone to loathe EA with every ounce of their being.
    …So long as they don’t outsource the multiplayer, it should turn out good. So long as Bioware can build multiplayer.

      • And then if they stay true to the ME combat, it’ll be bland combat and then also weighed down by inevitable outsourcing problems.

    • As a side note, assuming that multiplayer is actually the reason for the delay, I hope this means the single player will be unaffected by this. I have no intention of playing it ME3 multiplayer.

      • Except they probably wouldn’t have gotten many more resources for the project because of multiplayer, so it’ll inevitably take resources from the single player.

  • Free voucher to enable multiplayer and final missions included with each copy! Only $20 to buy from *insert marketplace here* if you need it on additional machines!

    Yeah, makes sense.

    • Best website ever, I think there is supposed to be an iPad app for it, but I can’t find it. I would use that puppy every day.

  • -Turning a thinky/talky RPG into generic 3rd person deathmatch would suck
    -Story co-op would be impractical and too expensive (and/or unsatisfying when only shep can talk to people)
    -a Horde-alike might be worth the bother IF they did it right. A few characters against waves of mechs, husks, krogan etc… that might work especially if they set it up so you had to do something objective based rather than just purely survive.

  • Mass Effect having multiplayer?

    Why? Whats the point? What is it with publishers feeling the need to have online components on games that don’t even need it?

    I’m guessing this means ME3 will have an online pass and atrocious TOS now too?

  • I’m of the impression that many story driven games like Mass Effect should have co-op. Would be nice if there was jump in co-op play with a friend where you play as one of the squad members. Competitive multiplayer I’m a bit iffy about but it’s worked for some recent games, might work here too.

  • This could work if it was a place to use the final result of three games.

    It may be pretty cool to take your unique Shepard into battle against others after completing the final game to feature him/her.

    Balance may be tricky, and I really hope EA shelled out for the addition rather than telling Bioware to cut back the single player.

  • You know, now that I think about it, this gives Bioware and EA an excuse to cut content from the game and sell it as “Day 1 DLC”.

    Don’t think I’ll be buying ME3 anymore.

  • So many people so quick to judge. How pathetic can you all get when there are no fucking details of it yet?! You know it won’t be just tagged on, and you know it won’t play out like CoD.

    Assassin’s Creed’s multiplayer is excellent, despite the massive, stupid-as-shit outcry that it didn’t need multiplayer. AND IT WORKS.

    Give Mass Effect 3 a chance. I can see it being very successful, actually.

  • The only thing I’m worried about is that the multiplayer will force resources to be taken away from the single player game and wreck it as a result. This is the final chapter and I’m (along with everyone else) am expecting a good story with unexpected twists and turns.

    That said, if it’s true that Bioware would prefer the game to be single player and EA is forcing multiplayer on it, my concern might be misplaced. I’ve just seen so many potentially good single player experiences wrecked by the addition of multiplayer.

    Let’s hope the 100 bucks I spent on the digital deluxe edition was misspent.

  • This is the worst, they should have everyone they can get working on delivering the best SP experience possible, I couldn’t give two ****s about Multiplayer, I want a long and detailed single player! F**K YOU EA!


    Seriously guys, grow up.

    Virtually everything is more fun with multiplayer.

  • Great, more achievements I can’t get and a whole bunch of wasted disc space. How about instead of multi-player they bring back Colossus Armor?

  • I wont be touching the multiplayer anyway. Mass Effect has always been about the single-player FPS-RPG action all wrapped in a great plot filled with interesting characters. If u wanna play some 3rd-person FPS multiplayer, there’s ton of generic Gears of War offerings out there.

  • Carefactor zero, I would be annoyed, but I’ve been progressively losing interest in ME3 over the months. I’ll chuck in a screw EA anyway I guess.

  • I really don’t care about multiplayer mode. Just as long as NOTHING in the single player is sacrificed to add this in. Uncharted 2 is the only game I’ve seen that integrated a multiplayer in addition to an incredible single player. Bioshock 2 and AC:B all suffered single player wise because the teams were too busy catering to multiplayer fans who weren’t even interested.

  • I think it’s been echoed before. If they took significant resources away then I’m no really happy. It doesn’t need it, and I don’t want it, even if it was good.

    In the end for me it won’t matter, so long as Mass Effect 3s single-player is still ultimately satisfying, that they must maintain.

  • Really? It’s not needed. Why does every game have to have multiplayer thrown in with it.
    There are plenty of games with multiplayer. I just want some awesome singleplayer ones too.

  • So EA are the ones that are really making it. Hmmm no wonder the last game seemed a tad crummy and DAII was a souless hack n’ slash crap pile.

  • This could actually turn out to be pretty awesome if they do it right. Just as long as it doesn’t take away from the single player. Either playing as my own Shepard vs other peoples Shepards or having the ability to play as a Turian, Asarii etc in MP would be awesome.

    Also multiplayer doesn’t just mean versus, though it’s undoubtable there will be versus modes. They could have some sort of Horde or Firefight mode similar to Gears or Halo or they could have multiplayer “missions” you could run with friends and they utilise RPG conversations, similar to the Operations in SWTOR.

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