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Confirmed: Mass Effect 3's Multiplayer

No longer flying solo!

Rumors of Mass Effect 3 meaning Shepard may no longer be flying solo have been ringing about earlier this year, so it is not really a surprise that confirmation of a multiplayer mode was first confirmed by the cover of PC PowerPlay, and then expanded on in BioWare's forums. The name of the game is Galaxy at War, which informs what will be happening.

Naturally, many are skeptical, myself included, on a series that has built itself on choice and creating our version of Shepard suddenly deciding to implement a multiplayer mode in the final installment of this particular trilogy. For those worried, it appears BioWare Montreal has been working on the multiplayer, leaving the main Mass Effect team to work on the solo content. The forum's details offer a bit more of a view as to how this will all be happening, however. First, the multiplayer will be focused on cooperative play only, and limited to four people at that. As to whom you can play?

Commander Shepard's part in the war will take place in the single-player campaign, as will that of other beloved characters in the franchise such as Garrus, Ashley, and Liara...these characters do not appear in the multiplayer missions. In multiplayer, players will create custom characters to fight on different and unique fronts in the war. This will include the ability to play as favorites like Turians, Krogans, Asari and more... each with their own unique set of abilities.

Since there is the Galaxy at War angle, this does rather make sense. Of particular interest in the beginning of that post is this bit: "Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign, giving players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory against the greatest threat mankind - and the entire galaxy - has ever faced."

Which, at first glance, makes me want to object to this point made later in the same post: "Mass Effect 3 is a complete, standalone game that will deliver a satisfying story experience, even if you choose not to try multiplayer. The Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system and all of the individual components are meant to complement that amazing game and can be enjoyed on their own or as part of the Galaxy at War experience."

It will likely be a matter of semantics for some, but I am rather curious as to how this will all play out in terms of what those extra options might be, and if I truly experience the range of Shepard's options. Personally, I don't relish jumping into multiplayer my first playthrough, nor do I want to miss out on other ways of completing the game. As I don't have a full view, and the information on that front is rather incomplete at the moment, I will reserve judgment. It has the potential to be interesting, sure. Whether it will? I suppose we'll have to wait and see.

6 Comments

Gamescook said:

Co-op apparently contributes to a "Galactic Readiness" meter representing all the people, connections, and resources you have prepared to throw at the Reapers in Single Player. The closer it is to full, one can only presume that it means a better ending.

I Was A Cactus said:

Woah. The Shepard in the header looks *very* similar to mine. I almost tipped my chair doing a double take.

Anyway, my interest in this is piqued. Mass Effect is one of the few series where I'm interested in potential multiplayer. I just might renew my Gold when ME3 rolls around.

AladinSane said:

Let's just hope no one from SWTOR is helping out with this or the multiplayer will be terrible...

Shin Gallon said:

I'm really not interested in the multi, particularly if EA requires Origin to use it. I just want to take my Shepard all the way to the end of the story and get some hot alien loving from Garrus.

BrookeTF said:

I'll probably ignore it on my first play through, let online settle down a bit before jumping in to it.
Still, the idea of creating and playing as an alien character does sound good. I will be happy if there's atleast a little facial customization, skin colour choice, armour, class, but most of all GENDER choice. I can excuse Krogans and of course Asari, but the other playable races better have both genders available or else their lack of inclusion throughout the series will have reached maximum rediculousness.
I wouldn't bet on Hanar or Elcor being playable, but a Volus would be pretty cool (though perhaps a bit cheap because of their small size).

VorpalBunny said:

I do wonder if they will expand on that list of races as well. I would also loooooove to play a Krogan battle queen.

@I Was A Cactus: I see Ronia Shepard has a twin in another space-time continuum. Glad to know she's also giving the Reapers the finger.

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