Mass Effect Could Get New Multiplayer Mode

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Mass Effect Could Get New Multiplayer Mode

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Signs point toward BioWare adding multiplayer to its popular sci-fi action-RPG Mass Effect.

Videogame industry job listings rarely imply something as clearly as one of BioWare's latest. Caught by Games Blend, the supreme RPG developer is looking for a multiplayer programmer for the Mass Effect franchise.

What makes us know this? A LinkedIn post by EA Senior Recruiter Jeff Goldstein is titled: "BioWare Montreal - Multiplayer Programmer (Mass Effect Franchise)." BioWare could plan to bring a new multiplayer mode to Mass Effect 3, though it could also be for an off-shoot in the franchise or something else too.

BioWare Montreal is listed as the "newest member of the BioWare family" that is working on Mass Effect to "build [its] way toward becoming a fully self-sufficient BioWare studio." Multiplayer programmers there will "take existing single player user experiences and make them multiplayer safe."

BioWare isn't really known for multiplayer, though its upcoming expensive MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic will probably bring a player or two together online. When it comes to Mass Effect, a traditionally single-player game, the wording would seem to indicate something like a co-op mode. Mass Effect deathmatch is always a possibility, considering how Mass Effect 2 had combat that was very Gears of War-like, but it makes much more sense to allow multiple players to join up on the same squad to take down baddies and gunships.

The only issue I can see is: How will pause-and-play work when you can't pause? We should definitely keep an eye out to see what type of multiplayer gameplay Mass Effect could bring us in the future, whether it be in Mass Effect 3 or something unannounced.

Via: Blue's News

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Ugh, I love Mass Effect, but it's shooting mechanics are nowhere near good enough to work as a multiplayer game, just... just, no.

That just seems like a stupid add-on. One of the reasons I love Mass Effect is because of the level of detail put in to the SP due to lack of MP.

Hmm...I think coop in the sense of MW2's Spec Ops could work. Preset the difficutly, what map and what challange you'd want.

Then again, I don't really see four "Shepards" storming a ship.

Questionable. I'll remain scepiticle until I hear anything else.

I wouldn't mind this as a spin-off, but for Mass Effect 3?

For Mass Effect 3 I think it would be an awful idea.

NOT EVERY DAMN GAME NEEDS MULTIPLAYER!

Keep Mass Effect 3 single-player, and make a spin-off for multiplayer.

Plus, the current games are, according to Bioware, "Shepard's story." Having a co-op partner would just break that. Plus, its hard to experience a story-heavy game when your friend is going "dude, skip this, this is lame. Who cares about this?"

Im not sure should i cry or cheer. On one hand i like ME for what it is, a single player quality game without the bother of pointless multiplayer addition that only brings out the worst in people. On the other hand, i enjoy playing with friends and surely a multiplayer ME universe could be interesting depending on the type of game. There is also the fat that TOR dialog system is tailored for multiplayer expierience so maybe a co-op is possible in ME3 or further games set in the universe.

Daystar Clarion:
Ugh, I love Mass Effect, but it's shooting mechanics are nowhere near good enough to work as a multiplayer game, just... just, no.

I doubt it means online PvP matches. Online co-op, however, would be plausable.


Just kidding, I'll try to remain optimistic.

Actually, I'm all for studios trying new things, let's see how this goes.

Uh-oh, I sense a disturbance in the Force.

Mass Effect would definitely work as a multiplayer game, but it would have to be cooperative multiplayer similar to how L4D is, and NOT deathmatch, that would never work.

Who here would have rather seen a Mass Effect MMORPG that takes place after the third Mass Effect, instead of a Star Wars MMORPG?

Mass Effect has a huge universe, detailed races and background stories and it's already established itself as a great RPG. It's so damn obvious, and the fact that they're adding some casual multiplayer hurts me because now i know they'll never do an MMO out of Mass Effect, or not for a while.

:(

Look at GTA 4, Bioshock 2 and the Rainbow 6 series.

All examples of unbalanced and dead multiplayer.

Bioware should concentrate the resources on the single player game.

Irridium:
I wouldn't mind this as a spin-off, but for Mass Effect 3?

Otherwise, I think it would be an awful idea.

NOT EVERY DAMN GAME NEEDS MULTIPLAYER!

Keep Mass Effect 3 single-player, and make a spin-off for multiplayer.

Exactly what I was gonna say.

I really hope multiplayer Mass Effect will be a spin-off title, and not something we'll see in the main trilogy. Mass Effect's gameplay just doesn't support multiplayer action, and turning ME into even more of a generic shooter won't make anyone happy, especially since the best parts of Mass Effect (story, characters, dialogue) wouldn't translate well to multiplayer, and the parts that would translate well (the combat) are far worse than those of existing multiplayer games.

As long as they keep the single player experience on the same level of awesomeness and duration, I could care less. It might actually work.

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Not sure how to feel bout' this...

Maybe the serie is best as it is.... But then again, no one will force me to play the MP...

AkJay:
That just seems like a stupid add-on. One of the reasons I love Mass Effect is because of the level of detail put in to the SP due to lack of MP.

This pretty much sums my thoughts on the subject up accurately. Multiplayer in Mass Effect would feel like a "Me Too multiplayer" than anything else.

We'll see how it works out.

Great; now I have this image in my head of a dozen Krogans saying, "Shepard." Thanks, Giant Bombcast, for making a running joke out of one Krogan saying it.

Seriously, the gameplay isn't THAT fluid. I would dread to see the immersive story getting a pwned by some half-assed multiplayer add-on.

Eh... The only way it would work is Co-op. And in that regard I still don't think it would be as good as other games' offerings of multiplayer. Multiplayer isn't the reason you played the other Mass Effects so I would think it would just be an insignificant add-on to the game.

Usually I'm all for a game branching out but... I'd rather get as much exploration and missions as possible out of Mass Effect...

Oh Mass Effect... I only criticize because I love you so!

Hmmm. All I can say about this is ill keep an open mind. They really improved the combat in ME2 compared to the first, I suppose it may be possible for them to make an enjoyable co-op/multiplayer experiance. Anyway, you've peaked my intrest Bioware. Ill give it a go.

Great. Because this type of thing was fantastic in Bioshock.
There's no way an online multiplayer would work, unless it was co-op.

They need to make an MMO. Why did Bioware have to make a new Star Wars MMO instead of a Mass Effect one. I'd have appreciated it several times more.

Holy crap I am getting a tinfoil hat right now, I swear I am going to my drawer and lining a baseball cap with tinfoil, this is the third time this has happened this year!!!

What sorcery is this?
One of my favorite games being ruined by its own developer?

Keep in mind that Neverwinter Nights was made by Bioware and that game has the best online experience of any RPG to date. If we are lucky, we'll get something like that, where Game Masters can set players up for co-op "missions" or the ability to play Co-Op missions with other players. Somehow, the idea to launch a standard DM, TDM, CTF & Domination competitive PvP style multiplayer just seems stupid in Mass Effect.

I don't see the point in all the moaning here. If you don't like multi-player in a game, don't play it. As long as it doesn't make the developer put less effort in single-player (which shouldn't be anyone's concern here seeing as we're talking about Bioware) then the only thing coming out of it is - people who DO want multi-player will get more for their money.

So stop overreacting .

It continues, Assassin's Creed to Mass Effect.

Games that perform sensationally well as single player entities, but the eyes of greed grow wide and "mainstream" additions are lapelled on to amuse the horde.

I thought Mass Effect 2 was a step down, but the franchise seems set to burn in flames if this has the weight it is thought to have.

The existing "non consequence consequential" choice system will have absolutely no bearing if there's a co-operative mode, and if there's competitive...

Unless it's MMO - which is unlikely judging by the description.

I've actualy wanted this.
Me and my mates who have completed ME 2 talk about how awsome it would be to be able to play the story in Co-op mode. Maybe the host of the game would play as there Shepard but the others would play faceless blanks but with their Shepards lvls items and abilitys/class.

Big chance they will ruin it.

I have no problem with letting friends play as my squad members, or playing as a squaddie on a friend's team. It shouldn't be a big deal to just remove the pause while you select and aim a power, with hotkeys you can already get through the game and never use the powerwheel in combat if you don't want to. Time dilation effects would probably be a lot like playing FEAR multiplayer, which was fine. No reason why this can't work as a coop game.

Bigsmith:
I've actualy wanted this.
Me and my mates who have completed ME 2 talk about how awsome it would be to be able to play the story in Co-op mode. Maybe the host of the game would play as there Shepard but the others would play faceless blanks but with their Shepards lvls items and abilitys/class.

Much like Fable II?

Yeah, that went really well.

Sparrow:

Daystar Clarion:
Ugh, I love Mass Effect, but it's shooting mechanics are nowhere near good enough to work as a multiplayer game, just... just, no.

I doubt it means online PvP matches. Online co-op, however, would be plausable.

Not only plausible, but awesome.
Bioware isn't going to sacrifice story for multiplayer. They aren't that kind of company.
So everyone can stop whining about something we have barely info about.

Secondly if they did have a multiplayer component, I would love to see something like MW2's Spec ops. Disconnected from the main game, yet in similar locations. Just little, fun, objective based co-op missions. Sign me up! Running around with friends all firing guns, biotics, and tech powers? IT's be like Mass Effect Volleyball there would be so much setting up going on: "Hit 'em with a pull field and I'll throw 'em!
Sweet. Sign me up.

Please no...

If you want to change a franchise, then change the things that DIDN'T work rather than add unnecessary additions. The Bioware storytelling is unmatched, and it doesn't need shoddy multiplayer murkying that up.

Instead, have ME3 have some sidequest mechanics that are just as entertaining as the main storyline. The crappy vehicle sections of the first were the worst part of the game, as were the exceedingly boring planet probing necessities of the second. For ME3 I'd like to see something awesome in the place of these rather than a raging emokid looking for a corpse to teabag.

Obviously with such a lack of information regarding where Bioware is planning on going with this, these concerns could very well be moot. I remain skeptical, however. I hope that I'm proven wrong.

NO NONONONONNONONONONO unless your making an mmo of it, which in the case of mass effect might work really well, it should stay the hell away from multiplayer

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