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BioWare Considering Mass Effect MMO Too?

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A Mass Effect MMOG "makes sense" claims BioWare's Casey Hudson.

While famed developer BioWare continues to bang out the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMOG for a possible Q3/Q4 2011 release, the company is also looking at one of its current IPs as a possible candidate for another MMOG: Mass Effect. According to series lead Casey Hudson, the concept seems only natural for the Mass Effect universe.

"We've been trying to think of a way that makes sense for people to experience Mass Effect with their friends," Husdon said in a recent interview with Game Informer. "We haven't yet come up with a way to do that, so we don't have anything to announce at this time. But, obviously, multiplayer is something we want to do more of in the future as a company."

He added that many fans actually want a Mass Effect MMOG. "Part of what you're trying to do is save the universe so you can live in it," he said. "That's part of the promise for any great IP. It has to be a world worth saving. Mass Effect has that quality to it. If you get rid of the Reapers and win that, wouldn't it be amazing to just live on the Citadel or just take a ship to Omega? That makes sense."

Right now the Mass Effect team is focused on the game at hand, Mass Effect 3, pushing to make the game bigger than the second installment by using larger skill trees, weapon mods, and more than two endings. It won't feature any multiplayer capabilities, but concepts conceived along the way may be set aside for a possible MMOG spin-off.

Still, if BioWare has a Mass Effect MMOG on the boards, gamers will likely not see it until the next generation of consoles are heading to retail shelves. If we're lucky, the MMOG will arrive on the PC first with consoles to follow later (grin).

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    wcnighthawk , April 11, 2011 8:01 PM
    Well, I was excited until I read they plan to have it on consoles. Now, I'm not so excited.
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    legacy-za , April 11, 2011 8:02 PM
    Before you make a MMO Bioware, please make sure you finish the single player series, we don't want another great game series ruined like KOTR 1 & 2
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    warezme , April 11, 2011 8:19 PM
    This could be so cool if they just kept damn consoles out of it.
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    NivenFres , April 11, 2011 8:27 PM
    This is something I've been hoping for. Given the nice groundwork they made with ME 1 & 2 (and hopefully 3), this could be pretty cool.
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    LuckyDucky7 , April 11, 2011 8:28 PM
    PC first.

    Let the console players rot in the elevators.
    Let the player walk in and then walk out on PC (elevator doesn't even move).
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    jednx01 , April 11, 2011 8:32 PM
    There's no way they're going to leave the consoles out of it. Why would they? Mass Effect 1 was originally an xbox game which was then ported over the PC. I think this could work out well if they do it correctly.
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    southernshark , April 11, 2011 8:49 PM
    Consoles are cool. I'm not sure why some PC people hate them. I actually prefer playing a lot of games on the console. I like the controllers. I like laying back on my sofa and playing on the big screen without having to use a mouse. And yeah I'm an old gamer who started with PCs in the early 80s. Good old Texas Instrument.... Anyway I am not afraid of the console. I enjoy console play. Hell I don't forget my 2600 roots like some of you PUNKS!!! PUNKS all of you!!!
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    Anonymous , April 11, 2011 9:02 PM
    Ok what ever, give it to consoles.... Hell let them do what everything want.... but make sure the game is a PC port to console and not the other way around.
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    belltollsforthee , April 11, 2011 9:18 PM
    southernsharkConsoles are cool. I'm not sure why some PC people hate them.

    Like most gamers, i want innovation and tech to go hand in hand. Mass Effect does some great innovative stuff for the genre and its the tech in my honest opinion that some times hinders the full effect that the artist are trying to convey. Remember the texture pop in in mass effect 1? Elevators? there could be so much more available to PC gamers who really care about this franchise such as better visuals, advance A.I. interaction, quest structure, and much more that someone like me can only hope to dream of but that Bioware could make possible. That is why the hardcore want this PC first, console second.
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    liquidchild , April 11, 2011 9:28 PM
    NOOOOOO!!!!!!! i cant handle the uber-crack that is ME with no ending
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    maestintaolius , April 11, 2011 9:42 PM
    southernsharkConsoles are cool. I'm not sure why some PC people hate them. I actually prefer playing a lot of games on the console. I like the controllers. I like laying back on my sofa and playing on the big screen without having to use a mouse. And yeah I'm an old gamer who started with PCs in the early 80s. Good old Texas Instrument.... Anyway I am not afraid of the console. I enjoy console play. Hell I don't forget my 2600 roots like some of you PUNKS!!! PUNKS all of you!!!

    The grumbling comes mostly from the belief (which is probably justified) that devs now make games for consoles then do crappy ports to PC. There's quite a few examples of this such as Bulletstorm's lack of configuration options without first decrypting the config files. There's also the complaint that console game to PC ports (or multiplatform releases) result in lower quality graphics in the PC version because of the lesser capability of consoles compared to PCs. I also notice an over simplification of game controls lately due to devs targeting controllers instead of mouse+keyboard.
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    razor512 , April 11, 2011 10:00 PM
    seems like a bad idea, while the goal may be saving the universe, the reality will be a bunch of meaningless quests and PVP that has nothing to do with the story line.
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    Lewis57 , April 11, 2011 10:25 PM
    I'm not one to rage about the fact that every PC game seems to be ported from the console, but an MMO being created with consoles in mind? That's just stupid. I can't imagine any MMO being confined to whatever amount of buttons a console has. Sure ME has already been on console, but an MMO version would surely need more keyboard/mouse input than just the game itself.
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    dantheman1001 , April 11, 2011 11:54 PM
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *darth vader voice*
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    dimar , April 12, 2011 4:30 AM
    I might play Mass Effect MMO only if it has the same game style and quality as the regular games, with new stories added every week or month.
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    pirateboy , April 12, 2011 5:07 AM
    they can shove their console mmo crap up their poopyhole
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    agnickolov , April 12, 2011 6:19 AM
    "Right now the Mass Effect team is focused on the game at hand, Mass Effect 3, pushing to make the game bigger than the second installment by using larger skill trees, weapon mods, and more than two endings. "

    Considering Mass Effect 2 was a step back compared to Mass Effect 1, they better do all of that and then some - just to return to the level of detail of the first game...

    On the subject of console ports, they may both be ports, but the first was at least a decent port. Those huge fonts in the second game just feel weird when you sit next to your screen. Not to mention the completely dumbed down skill trees...
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2011 6:33 AM
    Since the average development of an MMO is around 5 years, the consoles it would appear on would be next gen which by todays standards would be drastically upgraded. Furthermore, whos to say they would not also be able to use a keyboard and interact in the same world as pc players
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    AkIRA_22 , April 12, 2011 6:41 AM
    wcnighthawkWell, I was excited until I read they plan to have it on consoles. Now, I'm not so excited.


    Why would you care if it's on consoles too? You do realise the first ME was bought and funded by Microsoft specifically to promote the 360? Get a grip mate.
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    guitarjanitor , April 12, 2011 7:15 AM
    There's too much console-hate around here. ME was a console game before anything, so it'd be unrealistic to think of the sequels as pure-PC games. Besides, consoles haven't had many good (or many at all, really) MMOs. Maybe this is their chance to shine.
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