Bioware confirms co-op multiplayer in Mass Effect 3
Posted: 11.10.2011 08:14 by Comments: 8
BioWare's Casey Hudson has confirmed that the multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 will be online co-op, and is bragging that it will be "spectacular".

In the latest issue of Power Play, the cover promised insight to the game's multiplayer. However, there was some speculation as to what sort of multiplayer would be in the game.

Hudson tweeted from his Twitter account, "Yes, co-op MP missions for #ME3: they're real, and they're spectacular. Rest assured it's nothing of what you've feared. More soon..."

Co-op multiplayer missions sounds like self-contained scenarios for players to engage in, much like the extra missions in the Metal Gear series.

Stay tuned, as we'll have more info as it comes regarding the multiplayer content of Mass Effect 3, which will be released in March 2012.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed by Joystiq that the online co-op will indeed be self-contained missions for up to four players. According to Bioware: "Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control."

The more intriguing aspect of this is that the multiplayer ties into the single-player game in unspecified ways, offering "an alternative method" of achieving success in the main storyline. This is apparently a part of the unspecified "Galaxy at War" portion of the game, in which Mass Effect 3 takes multiple factors, including multiplayer, to "augment Shepard's "Galactic Readiness" level." BioWare won't go into further specifics, only that "other platforms and interfaces will be announced in the coming months."

Those of you who fear they'll be required to do the multiplayer to get the best Mass Effect 3 ending, don't worry. BioWare is promising that the player can get the "optimal ending" of the game without having to go outside the single player campaign.
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By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Oct 11, 2011
Yay, more co-op games, but not yet convinced that I will be buying this game.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Oct 11, 2011
" BioWare is promising that the player can get the "optimal ending" of the game without having to go outside the single player campaign." I hope the multiplayer will only offer some perks, rather than make it easier to reach the best ending. (Am I the only one who thinks that having a "best" ending is a flaw? Witcher 2 handled things nicely by making all endings equally morally ambiguous).
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Oct 12, 2011
I enjoy games that have choices and multiple endings, for an example like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. It has got so many different endings, but the difference is, your gameplay will effect the ending, and which one you will receive will be unknown until you get there.

Last time I played, my player wanted to be rich... now that was very unexpected. This time I am making sure that I will have enough money not to wish something like that.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 12, 2011
Are u sure that is because you were poor in the game? What if it's because you were too obsessed with it already? :)

Stalker was an incredibly fantastic game.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 12, 2011
Nocutius raises a good point there. Ddoing lots of stuff to make money would have the game label you as wanting to make money.

Reasonable enough.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 14, 2011
Not really true MP then is it?! Co-op is not what I would call "multiple". If a woman has twins, are they called "multiples"? Of course not.
Anyway, never played co-op prabably never will.
As for "STALKER" - I played through and got one ending, then watched the others on YouTube. Couldn't be botherred going through it all again.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Oct 14, 2011
Wouldn't say that I was obsessed with the game, though I do like it very much.

There is actually an ending where your character wishes to be rich. The only reason why this happens, is because you haven't got as much RU at the end game.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 14, 2011
Sorry, i didn't mean that you were too obsessed with the game itself, i meant that you could have already been too much into getting the money and that's why you got that ending. Not because you were too poor, but because you were already doing too many things in-game to get the money, so the characters was perceived as someone that only went in the zone to be rich, just a guess.
By the way i got the same ending and i don't remember the details anymore.