Which hasn’t exactly come as a surprise, seeing as several magazines have already written articles on the new multiplayer component. Previous award winning episodes of the sci-fi RPG franchise have been purely single player.
Bioware tweeted: “There will be a multiplayer component for #ME3. Full details soon, so wait until then before making your decision. We think you’ll like it!”
Immediate reaction to the new was mixed, with some blaming the delay of the game until March 2012 on this multiplayer component which they feel isn’t needed.
One Twitter user, Agirlirlblog, said: “Very disappointed with @bioware today. Yet another great single player series spoiled by multiplayer.”
When Bioware responded and reminded her not to judge it before she’d seen the mode, she simply replied: “I don’t like to play games with other people outside of MMO’s. I cherish single player games for being able to play by myself.”
Reactions such as have prompted Bioware to swiftly clarify some issues about the multiplayer.
Apparently it will be purely optional and a co-op mode, although according to CVG, it will have some affect on the single player campaign. Should you play online with some success, it can help to make your single player fight slightly easier.
The new co-op mode is called Galaxy at War, and Bioware stressed that it had taken on new staff to handle its implementation, and it didn’t hinder or compromise the development of the single player experience.
Bioware’s Chris Priestly told CVG: “Being able to explore and fight alongside your friends in the Mass Effect universe has always been something we thought would be fun and compelling, and many players have asked for it for a long time as well.”
“Mass Effect 3 is the best place for us to introduce multiplayer through co-op because of the premise of the game – all out galactic war.”
He added: “Participation in any or all ME3: Galaxy at War elements is entirely optional.”