Multiplayer Mass Effect Rumors Bubble Up Once Again

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Multiplayer Mass Effect Rumors Bubble Up Once Again

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Inside sources say Mass Effect 3 will feature a four-player co-op multiplayer mode with "competitive elements" that is intended to help the game make a bigger splash with mainstream audiences.

It's just a rumor at this point but it's a "strong" one, according to Eurogamer, which said that Mass Effect 3 will ship with a standalone multiplayer component being created by BioWare's Montreal studio. CVG backed up the report with its own "reliable development source," who said the multiplayer component will feature "original missions made for online" that will stand totally apart from the single-player campaign.

"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 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."

The source added that there will only be a small number of multiplayer missions, but they're designed to be played over and over again.

BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka would neither confirm nor deny the existence of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer at E3 last week, saying only, "We haven't talked at all about multiplayer in the Mass Effect franchise, but we're exploring multiplayer in all of our games and all of our franchises."

Mass Effect 3 is scheduled to launch on March 6, 2012, for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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What is this? I don't even...

NOT EVERY GODDAMN GAME NEEDS MULTIPLAYER!

Now that I got that out of the way, their logic baffles me. Trying to bring in a new audience with the third game in a trilogy is just stupid.

It's not a good idea, I'm warning you.

You know when anything along the lines of "branch out to a mainstream audience" is used, shit just fucked up.

Wouldn't 3 player make more sense?

this,will turn out badly,i am sure.

Well... If it be true, we can let Bioware try their own thing.

RedEyesBlackGamer:
Trying to bring in a new audience with the third game in a trilogy is just stupid.

I'm guessing they're thinking new players will go like "Mass Effect 3 is nice, i'll buy 1&2 too". I'd really rather not see a multiplayer in ME3, certainly not if it takes time from singleplayer development. If not, they still could those resources to something else.

Save it for another game and focus on making the single player as good as it can be. I wouldn't mind them making an ME Online kind of thing. The universe is fairly well suited for it.

RedEyesBlackGamer:
NOT EVERY GOD DAMN GAME NEEDS MULTIPLAYER!

Now that I got that out of the way, their logic baffles me. Trying to bring in a new audience with the third game in a trilogy is just stupid.

What he said.. is the audience garnered from the first two games not satisfying enough for EA? ME is already really popular! Anyone who considers playing it is going to start from the beginning most likely after hearing how good ME is. They're not going to SUDDENLY be interested by the third one! Well, for an RPG, anyway..
Gah. I was so looking forward to it this year. Now it's pushed back.. I'm really hoping this is a good game. I really don't wanna be disappointed. I loved the first two, this better end it well.

Nimbus:
Wouldn't 3 player make more sense?

Clearly every co-op game must stay as close to Left 4 Dead as possible.

Don't care if they include it or not.

I'm so invested in this series, I wanna see it to its end despite my disappointment with ME2.

Well, so long as it doesn't detract from the single player, I'm not fussed.

...

Heh, I have to wonder if they realise what goes through the heads of their old-school fans whenever they use phrases like "mainstream penetration."

As much as it would be nice to have a multiplayer third-person shooter that didn't look like everybody had rolled through the mud before playing, this is not the game to try that with.

" that is intended to help the game make a bigger splash with mainstream audiences.

So when hasn't mass effect been mainstream.

oh well it just means less rpg and more tps. I'm probably not getting this. I own enough tps.

JediMB:

Nimbus:
Wouldn't 3 player make more sense?

Clearly every co-op game must stay as close to Left 4 Dead as possible.

I agree, mainly because Left 4 Dead invented co-op.

That aside, 3 would make more sense seeing as you have two people jogging around with you anyway. I always wonder why game studios don't go with the obvious avenues of multiplayer instead smashing some tripe into the game instead.

Although I have to concede competitive multiplayer is the man's multiplayer.

Mixed feelings about this. If this detracts attention away from polishing the single player to as good a level as possible, then I will be enraged to say the least. However, if they get a division to work on the multiplayer without sacrificing much from the main dev team, then go nuts. It could actually turn out to be good (SHOCK!), as the class aspect could translate very well. All I'm saying is, calm down everybody, let's just wait till it comes out, trust in Bioware, and see how it turns out. Then, if it does turn out a mistake, I will be at the head of the angry mob.

Every time there's news on ME3 I get more and more nervous. At this rate, the game is going to be so convoluted that it'll have no focus whatsoever and completely fail on every front.

If it is some epic mega party missions that have a storyline or something maybe, but play them over and over for what? Sounds like it is a pve group dungeon farm or something like an mmo would have what to farm?

How about co-op for the story mode? Why not sub your ai squadmates for real players and play on "group nightmare" difficulty or something? Why tack on a small bunch of maps for multiplayer, when you could build a "co-op" online component, and difficulty to match the use of real people in context of the main game.

This makes no sense to me at this point, who knows maybe when we know more this will be zomg awesome, but right at this moment it sounds all flavors of fail.

How would that even work!? You join other players for each mission? Do other players just jump into a main player's game using the other squad members? What about the individual story scenes? This has WRONG written all over it. D:

Somewhere, Shamus must be gnashing his teeth.

Part 3 of a story is a bad place to insert multiplayer. Trying to get new fans when you throw them in with a vague idea of the story (if that much) can not end well.

My, the stockholders will sleep soundly tonight, won't they?

RedEyesBlackGamer:
NOT EVERY GODDAMN GAME NEEDS MULTIPLAYER!

Now that I got that out of the way, their logic baffles me. Trying to bring in a new audience with the third game in a trilogy is just stupid.

You basically took my thoughts and put them into a coherant sentence. Just replace "Goddamn"! with "gorram".

OT: With barely 8 months to go, and this being the final game in the trilogy, I see it as too little time for them to make it the best they can without sacrificing the polish in the single-player and almost no time to properly market it.

I'm calling bogus. And if it's true, I'm not touching that aspect of the game.

I don't understand why everyone's dreading this. Worst case scenario, it sucks, but is still separate from the main campaign. They're not idiots, they won't get lazy with the solo game in the name of a tacked-on multiplayer element.

Colour me interested. If this works I think it will be great fun.

Juuel:

RedEyesBlackGamer:
Trying to bring in a new audience with the third game in a trilogy is just stupid.

I'm guessing they're thinking new players will go like "Mass Effect 3 is nice, i'll buy 1&2 too". I'd really rather not see a multiplayer in ME3, certainly not if it takes time from singleplayer development. If not, they still could those resources to something else.

Bioware said that ME3 will be the end of Shephard's story but not the ME universe.

Co-op was the only form of MP that wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Chaining techniques with buddies could be fun.

I'm not sure how EA can further penetrate the mainstream market after ME2 being voted the game of 2010 by virtually everyone and everything.

Andy Chalk:

It's just a rumor at this point but it's a "strong" one, according to Eurogamer, which said that Mass Effect 3 will ship with a standalone multiplayer component being created by BioWare's Montreal studio.

Which is a different team than the main production team? Phew what a relief! I was worried there for a second.

I'm interested, but they're cutting it awfully close to release for this to be true. I'd love a three-player co-op option for Xbox Live, though. That certainly seems doable.

And if they could make some solid versus gametypes, that'd be fine, too. I really liked the multiplayer in AC: Brotherhood, and I have more faith in BioWare to make games I like than Ubisoft. If anything, though, Brotherhood proved to me that a single-player franchise can transition to multiplayer.

Color me intrigued.

I've actually been thinking it would be nice to have some sort of co-op multiplayer since Pinnacle Station came out for ME1. It would be nice if it works well but since it's supposed to be "separate from the main story" I figure it isn't likely that it will destroy the game. If they built the multiplayer into the core gameplay then I would be worried.

I always thought it would be a good idea to let a second player play co-op and play one of the squad-mates, limit it so they would be a tag along and not control the story, but it would be nice for couples so that they can enjoy ME and DA together. Jet Force Gemini had an interesting co-op where one person would control the main characters, and the other could control the flying robot "Floyd", they were glued to the first players shoulder but it was an extra gun and was quite powerful and fun to play :)

Cool, if it's true.

Seriously people, calm down. God, sometimes you guys act just like children.

Made by a different team (if true) so it wouldn't detract from SP
and hey I wouldn't mind playing CO-OP with my friend :D

it's not like it's deathmatch people. co-op can be tons of fun

If it's not going to divert attention from the singleplayer I say why the hell not.

Aisaku:
How would that even work!? You join other players for each mission? Do other players just jump into a main player's game using the other squad members? What about the individual story scenes? This has WRONG written all over it. D:

Someone didn't read the article, apparently. The multiplayer is supposedly being handled in the same way that Co-op was in Modern Warfare 2, a separate game mode from the campaign featuring a series of co-op missions that have no connection to the main story what-so-ever except for maybe some similar locations or objectives. It's not the story mode, it is a, for lack of better wording, co-op challenge mode. From what the article suggests, there are a bunch of missions and maps where up to 4 players complete together that is not connected to the single player campaign at all.

robandall:

Juuel:

RedEyesBlackGamer:
Trying to bring in a new audience with the third game in a trilogy is just stupid.

I'm guessing they're thinking new players will go like "Mass Effect 3 is nice, i'll buy 1&2 too". I'd really rather not see a multiplayer in ME3, certainly not if it takes time from singleplayer development. If not, they still could those resources to something else.

Bioware said that ME3 will be the end of Shephard's story but not the ME universe.

Co-op was the only form of MP that wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Chaining techniques with buddies could be fun.

I'm not sure how EA can further penetrate the mainstream market after ME2 being voted the game of 2010 by virtually everyone and everything.

It is true that they said there would be more Mass Effect games beyond Shepard's story, it doesn't make sense to try and draw players to a game where they have no idea what's going on. Imagine going with friends to see the "Return of the Jedi" when you haven't seen the "A New Hope" or "The Empire Strikes Back." In my case, I was forced to go see the newest Resident Evil movie even though the last one I saw was the first movie and I haven't played a RE game since Resident Evil 1 on the PS1.

Why are they trying to bring in new audiences in the third game of a trilogy?

I just don't get it.

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