Mass Effect 3 May Have 4-Player Co-Op

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."

  • sliem
    Oh, that sounds much fun.
  • Gamer-girl
    I just want to finish the story.
  • upgrade_1977
    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?
  • flightmare
    I'm just very afraid EA will mess this up with Origin, like Games For Windows Live does.
  • Gamer-girl
    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..
  • alidan

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


    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.
  • dalethepcman
    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.

  • vittau
    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.
  • buzznut
    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!
  • bak0n
    coop = a multi-purchase from me. Single player only = no purchase from me, ever.