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Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed

The PC PowerPlay Website has a preview of the next print issue of this Australian gaming magazine, which offers a confirmation of various indications that multiplayer support will be included in Mass Effect 3, BioWare's upcoming action/RPG sequel (thanks Joystiq). They show the magazine cover which mentions the multiplayer reveal, and offer the following description:

That’s right - Mass Effect 3 is getting multiplayer! We travel to BioWare’s office in Edmonton for hands-on time with the series’ first foray into online gameplay, and chat with Mass Effect Series Producer and Mass Effect 3 Project Director Casey Hudson about the decision to go multiplayer in the epic battle for the galaxy.

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33. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 13:39 Pineapple Ferguson
 
I was totally underwhelmed with ME2, and the addition of multiplayer to ME3 only makes me less interested because it means they are taking away resources that could have been making the single player game better to work on a feature that I don't care about. Plus, fuck EA. Might pick it up when all the ineveitable DLC has been trickled out and they have bundled up for dirt cheap. Maybe.  
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32. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 13:27 StingingVelvet
 
"the decision to go multiplayer"

Wonder how honest they are. "EA thought it would drive first-hand sales."
 
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31. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 13:05 ^Drag0n^
 
nin wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:41:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:33:
Meh.

nin wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:29:

Wow, Shepherd looks like Luke Wilson now. Amazing.

is that a feature, or a bug?

It is recent excrement, my good fellow.

Ah. Meh's Effect.
 
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30. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 13:04 Marvin T. Martian
 
meezookeewee wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:32:
As long as it doesn't affect the single-player portion of the game, I don't really care. I'm suspecting that this is why the game was delayed. But yeah, Multiplayer does NOT belong in a Mass Effect game.

Agree- Thumbsup
 
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29. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 12:48 Kythlyn
 
If it's simple coop where your friends can control your allies, but are tethered to the main player, it should be fine and fun. But if they actually tried to make a competitive multiplayer mode... yikes.  
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28. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 12:40 Fion
 
Creston wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 12:25:
Fion wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 12:18:
ME1 and 2 only sold around 2 million copies each. So maybe if we make ME: the CoD edition, it'll sell tuns more.

/sarcasm off

2 million copies is not enough for Bioware EA. Unless it's Dragon Age 2, then suddenly it was the bestest decision in the history of decisions.

Creston

QFT
 
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27. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 12:35 Slashman
 
Creston wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 11:47:
Tumbler wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 11:27:
I wish they would make this standalone. I can't imagine this feature has gotten additional funding so I'm afraid they are just cutting back on the SP side.

Yep, that's what I'm afraid of as well. And even if it didn't cut back on funding, it's likely cutting back on manpower.

EVERYTHING MUZT HAVE TEH MULTIPLAYERZ!!1!!

Bah.

Creston

So all this delay is netting us is a multiplayer mode for a game that does not, in any way, need it.
 
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26. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 12:25 Creston
 
Fion wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 12:18:
ME1 and 2 only sold around 2 million copies each. So maybe if we make ME: the CoD edition, it'll sell tuns more.

/sarcasm off

2 million copies is not enough for Bioware EA. Unless it's Dragon Age 2, then suddenly it was the bestest decision in the history of decisions.

Creston
 
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25. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 12:18 Fion
 
ME1 and 2 only sold around 2 million copies each. So maybe if we make ME: the CoD edition, it'll sell tuns more.

/sarcasm off
 
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24. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 12:14 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 11:47:
Tumbler wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 11:27:
I wish they would make this standalone. I can't imagine this feature has gotten additional funding so I'm afraid they are just cutting back on the SP side.

Yep, that's what I'm afraid of as well. And even if it didn't cut back on funding, it's likely cutting back on manpower.

EVERYTHING MUZT HAVE TEH MULTIPLAYERZ!!1!!

Bah.

Creston

Yeah... and the stupid thing is that they're going to waste time and resources on multiplayer and like 2000 people will play it and it will die quietly like 99% of the other multiplayer games do.

It's like Bioware *wants* me to stop buying their games. I really don't get it. They're doing everything they can categorically to torpedo my business.

I agree that ME3 is going from a day-one buy down to "we'll wait and see". The only real footage I've seen so far of ME3 is a rail shooter section and now there's multiplayer. My magic 8-ball just came up with "outlook not so good".
 
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23. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:59 Bhruic
 
Hmm, well this is definitely "not good" news, but whether it's simply "meh", or "you fucking idiots!" news is going to depend on what form it takes. If they somehow managed to avoid having the MP impact the SP side at all, then I'll be ambivalent about this, but I'm not going to hold my breath on that one.  
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22. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:47 Creston
 
Tumbler wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 11:27:
I wish they would make this standalone. I can't imagine this feature has gotten additional funding so I'm afraid they are just cutting back on the SP side.

Yep, that's what I'm afraid of as well. And even if it didn't cut back on funding, it's likely cutting back on manpower.

EVERYTHING MUZT HAVE TEH MULTIPLAYERZ!!1!!

Bah.

Creston
 
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21. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:46 Lobster
 
Normally I'm reluctant to jump on the, "this will kill SP!" bandwagon, but with the production schedule already so tight, it would have been impressive if they could have pulled off a quality single-player game in that amount of time.

I'm getting a little worried.
 
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20. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:31 Bumpy
 
Here comes the online at all times connect required for SP now.  
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19. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:27 Tumbler
 
I wish they would make this standalone. I can't imagine this feature has gotten additional funding so I'm afraid they are just cutting back on the SP side.  
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18. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:20 Stolk
 
Slashman wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 10:18:
I don't want co-op. I don't want multiplayer. Just provide a superior single-player action RPG experience and end the series properly.

Multiplayer is the last thing I ever think about when playing ME.

Why in the hell do I need a Shepherd #2, #3 and #4 to complete an experience I spent 2 full games playing in single player?

For crying out friggin' loud!

They gotta keep you guys fed with things to complain about right?
 
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17. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:17 Woodman
 
This was gonna be a day one purchase. Now it is a wait and see. I love story driven sp experiences and was pleased with both ME 1 & 2. However, if the multiplayer takes anything away from the single player experience... then I am out.  
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16. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 11:10 Rattlehead
 
Fuck multiplayer, fuck co-op and fuck all this online horse shit. I am so sick of every game having some shitty, tacked on form of multiplayer that nobody will ever touch.

If I want multiplayer, I'll play a good game like TF2 or L4D2 or an MMO. Not some half-baked bullshit.

Long-live single player.
 
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15. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 10:59 Creston
 
Great. So we'll get 10 hours of single player then?

I'm glad you decided to go against what you'd said before and decided to include MP, Bioware. Please have your two head-monkeys bleat again how this has NOTHING to do with EA.

Bah.

Creston
 
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14. Re: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed Oct 10, 2011, 10:55 eRe4s3r
 
Hehe, also notice how that mag-shot teases us by not including Tali, Legion and Garrus - the most "popular" characters ;p Instead showing us 2 generic armors and liara, which after ME2 is not really as popular...

So that cover was made by someone who has no clue about Mass Effect ^^
 
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