Mass Effect 3, one of the most anticipated games of the year and sequel to the smash hit Mass Effect 2, has been confirmed to have multiplayer support.
The news was mentioned by Mass Effect series’ producer Casey Hudson via a tweet and posted on BioWare’s twitter account as well.
The multiplayer gameplay mechanics were mentioned in detail over at the Mass Effect forum. Summarizing them,
- Multiplayer support will feature 4-player co-op gameplay
- There will be no versus, deathmatch, PvP or any other kind of multiplayer
- Multiplayer will not be part of the main campaign. It will be a bonusaddition and is known as Galaxy at War
- At this moment, the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the PC versions will feature multiplayer support. However, BioWare hasn’t mentioned if inter-system multi-player would be supported or not.
- The multiplayer player campaign is being developed by a separate team BioWare Montreal while the core single-player game is being developed by BioWare Edmonton
- Shepard, Liara, Garrus and other key characters will not part of the multiplayer campaign players will have to create custom characters. The custom characters can be of a race other than human.
You’d think people would be jumping up and down about this announcement, but fan reaction to this has been mixed. Going over through the reactions, it looks like most of the hardcore fans aren’t too happy with the announcement. One of the main things they cite is that the addition of multiplayer would be as a me-too addition, rather than it being deeply integrated. Some others feel that multiplayer addition would detract from the single-player experience. This announcement makes me wonder, though is this what DICE had been helping out BioWare with?
Personally, I’m not too concerned for now. I actually welcome the multiplayer addition would be great to kick off some co-op sessions with fellow techie-buzzer Kaushik after playing the main campaign. Time will tell, whether or not the addition is a good thing. For now, we’ll have to wait till more details trickle in.