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New Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Info And Video

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15th October 2011, 11:38am
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New information on the much talked about multiplayer modes in Bioware's upcoming Mass Effect 3 has been surfacing this week. There are two sides to Mass Effect 3's multiplayer:
4-Player Co-op

This involves a set of co-op missions which are entirely seperate to the game's story mode. Up to four players can join forces, choosing from a variety of classes and alien races, as well as weapons and powers. Working together, they fight to liberate key territories that are under enemy control. While it's true that these missions are disconnected from the single player campaign, according to Bioware, their outcome will apparently have a "direct impact" on the story. BioWare says it “gives players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory against the greatest threat mankind–and the entire galaxy–has ever faced.”

Bioware included this mode because they feel that “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.”
BioWare's Montreal studio created the co-op missions, and it will not impact the scope or quality of the single-player experience, said BioWare.

Galaxy at War

According to Bioware, it's a “new way for players to manage and experience the galactic war from multiple fronts.” This directly affects the galaxy’s “Galactic Readiness” level, which is measured by Commander Shepard’s ability to “apply every possible asset — people, weapons, resources, armies, and fleets in the final battle against the Reapers.” There are “multiple ways” for players to impact their Galactic readiness level, including the multiplayer mode. BioWare promises to announce “other platforms and interfaces” in the months leading up to the game's release in March of 2012. Though, they mention that the system is “entirely optional” and “just another way players can have control over the game experience,” adding that “it is still possible to achieve the optimal, complete ending of the game in Mass Effect 3 through single-player alone.” So, no need to worry, the game can still be an entirely single player experience if you wish for it to be.

Bioware have also released a video detailing the game's multiplayer functionality, which you can view below.

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