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Mass Effect 3 May Have 4-Player Co-Op

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 27 comments

The latest Mass Effect 3 rumor claims that the game will have a Horde-like, 4-player co-op multiplayer mode.

The latest rumor surrounding BioWare's upcoming Mass Effect 3 is that it will include an online-enabled, 4-player co-op mode. The news follows an announcement made by EA during E3 2011 that the game's release date had been pushed back from its original late 2011 launch to March 9, 2012. Mass Effect 3 was originally announced back in December 2010 during the Spike TV Videogame Awards.

According to the rumor, the 4-player co-op mode will be a separate component so that it doesn't compromise the single-player portion of the game. It also won't mimic the campaign experience, but will instead be similar to Horde in which players must face wave after wave of rushing enemies. So far BioWare has refused to comment on the rumor directly.

"We haven't talked at all about multiplayer in the Mass Effect franchise, but we're exploring multiplayer in all of our games and all of our franchises," BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka told Eurogamer. "It's always an idea we're interested in. The short answer is we have no comment on that. But we're interested in the idea of multiplayer."

The latest rumor probably has nothing to do with previous reports of a possible Mass Effect MMOG. BioWare's executive producer for the Mass Effect franchise Casey Hudson hinted to the idea back in April after revealing that multiplayer definitely has a future in the Mass Effect franchise. He also acknowledged the fans who have requested an MMOG over the last few years.

"A lot of people say that they want to see an MMO, I think that kind of makes sense for this universe," he said. "I think 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."

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    sliem , June 16, 2011 11:47 PM
    Oh, that sounds much fun.
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    Gamer-girl , June 16, 2011 11:50 PM
    I just want to finish the story.
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    upgrade_1977 , June 17, 2011 12:35 AM
    You know, I have Mass Effect 1 & 2, and I haven't even played them yet... :(  I wan't to just haven't really had the time and been playing other games. But, last week I just finished watching all the seasons of Battlestar Galactica (AWSOME SHOW!! Sad it ended), and I finally played the first few minutes of Mass Effect 2, and it was starting out like Battle Galactica. Similar ship, similar story, and then they said "spin up the FTL drives!!" and they jumped in. Now I'm stoked about the game, can't wait to play it some more.

    Is the story copied from Battlestar galactica?
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    flightmare , June 17, 2011 12:50 AM
    I'm just very afraid EA will mess this up with Origin, like Games For Windows Live does.
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    Gamer-girl , June 17, 2011 1:16 AM
    I'm not sure how similar it is to Battlestar glactica, never seen it but I have heard of it.
    You should play the original one first for the story which i think is better than the second although the second has better graphics.

    Why is most of the games I am waiting for going to Origin? First SWTOR then BF3, now ME3? ...sigh..
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    alidan , June 17, 2011 1:22 AM
    WTF

    this game was supose to be out by now or at least soon.
    ea delayed the game to make it more main stream

    IS THIS WHY I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE GAME????????

    on a side not im SO glad ea didn't f@#$ with the story and the 4 player online is separate from the main game.
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    dalethepcman , June 17, 2011 1:59 AM
    Sadly no this isn't much like BSG in the story department, but it does have a good story to it. The best improvement of ME2 over ME1 is you can get your freak on with the hot chick from "Chuck." The biggest letdown was the decreased customization of NPC's between the two.

    You should definitely play the first one first, as it pretty much immediately precedes the sequel.

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    vittau , June 17, 2011 2:05 AM
    flightmareI'm just very afraid EA will mess this up with Origin, like Games For Windows Live does.
    Yup, me too. I probably won't buy it if it's not on Steam.
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    buzznut , June 17, 2011 4:01 AM
    Just finished ME1 (yes I'm a bit behind the times, but I'm a college student. I don't money for food, much less games) and I think its one of the finest games I've ever played, although it was a little short.

    Can't wait to ge 2 from Steam, need to find $20!

    Multiplayer would be awesome!
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    bak0n , June 17, 2011 4:05 AM
    coop = a multi-purchase from me. Single player only = no purchase from me, ever.
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    upgrade_1977 , June 17, 2011 5:01 AM
    Thanks, i think ill set a day aside next week and try out the first one. I hope someone makes a battlestar galactica mmo in the near future. That would be sweet.

    P.s. I wish all these companies would stop trying to come out with there own steam clones. Steam is the best. Just making it harder for us. Like i really want 10 different download and game clients.. Sheesh!!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 17, 2011 6:11 AM
    Imagine if they didn't separate the co-op from main story... 4 Shepards falcon-punching annoying journalists at once... lol :D 
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    cats_Paw , June 17, 2011 10:24 AM
    Well, if it fails at least we will still have Deus Ex 3 and Skyrim (very hard to fuck those 2 up now :D )
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    heerobya , June 17, 2011 1:03 PM
    I've played through ME1 and 2 multiple times on my 360, so I'll be playing ME3 on 360 too.

    I'll be spending enough on BF3 and TOR through Origin for my PC.

    Very excited about ME3, ME1 was much better in most ways then ME2, I hope they go back to more of the ME1 story structure, class/level system, and get rid of the stupid ammo and make the inventory better then ME1 but not as limited as ME2.
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    FoShizzleDizzle , June 17, 2011 1:17 PM
    Well, seeing how I'm stuck in Kuwait until the holidays, the more delays the better for me. I hope they push back BF3 and Skyrim at least a month. I have no patience and will waste my first experience playing each of those games with headphones and my laptop opposed to doing them justice with an indomitable desktop, epic surround sound and a beer.
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    aevm , June 17, 2011 1:37 PM
    upgrade_1977You know, I have Mass Effect 1 & 2, and I haven't even played them yet... I wan't to just haven't really had the time and been playing other games. But, last week I just finished watching all the seasons of Battlestar Galactica (AWSOME SHOW!! Sad it ended), and I finally played the first few minutes of Mass Effect 2, and it was starting out like Battle Galactica. Similar ship, similar story, and then they said "spin up the FTL drives!!" and they jumped in. Now I'm stoked about the game, can't wait to play it some more. Is the story copied from Battlestar galactica?


    I haven't played Mass Effect, but I enjoyed Drew Karpyshyn's novels about it. And yeah, I liked BSG too. I don't think they're related. Mass Effect novels were particularly interesting to me because they had all these weird aliens. There are no aliens in BSG, just humans and their mad robots.

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    hoofhearted , June 17, 2011 1:50 PM
    I just hope they don't gay it up like they did with DAO2. Hopefully the numbers from the Witcher 2 will show them the errors in their ways.

    As for the similarities derived from many sci fi shows. The concept of FTL exists in SGU and BSG. The space station concept comes in from DS9 and B5. The travel system seems similar to all of the SG series. The main military character in SGA was named Shepard. The AI lifeforms (Geth/Reapers) and their story could be Cylons.


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    Hope Slayer , June 17, 2011 2:08 PM
    upgrade_1977You know, I have Mass Effect 1 & 2, and I haven't even played them yet... I wan't to just haven't really had the time and been playing other games. But, last week I just finished watching all the seasons of Battlestar Galactica (AWSOME SHOW!! Sad it ended), and I finally played the first few minutes of Mass Effect 2, and it was starting out like Battle Galactica. Similar ship, similar story, and then they said "spin up the FTL drives!!" and they jumped in. Now I'm stoked about the game, can't wait to play it some more. Is the story copied from Battlestar galactica?


    Many SciFi stories have tech that might make them seem related, but I assure you....NO.

    Play the games. IMHO ME2 has one of the best "Main Story" endings ever in a video game.
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    back_by_demand , June 17, 2011 2:11 PM
    upgrade_1977Is the story copied from Battlestar galactica?

    According to the legal department, no
    But in reality, yes
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    back_by_demand , June 17, 2011 2:28 PM
    Mass Effect 4 will probably be an MMO, Starcraft rip-off
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