Mass Effect Venturing Into Multiplayer Space?

BioWare’s celebrated sci-fi operas, Mass Effect 1 and 2, are widely known as two of the best role-playing single-player experiences the industry can serve up. With the final chapter of the current story arc already in development, fans’ expectations are reaching new heights, many of which no doubt involve a so-far-non-existent, yet potential multiplayer component. Is adding a viable and solid multiplayer solution to the already marvelous single-player portion of the game asking too much of the development team? According to a recent job listing, the answer is no.

The new job listing on EA’s website reveals BioWare’s Montreal studio is now on the lookout for some fresh multiplayer programming blood that will “take existing single player user experiences and make them multiplayer safe.”

Although the listing doesn’t currently point at any particular projects, just the vague “top franchises,” taking a glance at other online reports shows that it previously specifically mentioned Mass Effect. Another reason to believe it doesn’t have to do with other BioWare franchises is the required experience with Unreal Engine which only Mass Effect uses out of BioWare’s existing known IPs.

Assuming the developer does intend to add multiplayer to Mass Effect, it could either be for the Mass Effect 2 downloadable content or the long-ways-off third game. Fingers crossed that co-op for Mass Effect 3 is in the works!

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6 comments on 'Mass Effect Venturing Into Multiplayer Space?'

Comment by Stephen Lilley on 2010-06-02 09:31:48

Urgh, I don’t like this one bit. I love the Mass Effect games, in fact I can’t get enough of them, but I like the fact it’s a solid single player experience. If this means that Mass Effect 3’s story mode weakens then I won’t be happy.

Also, the fighting machanics on these games just aint all that - why turn that into MP?

Comment by Zan Toplisek on 2010-06-02 10:16:22

I think co-op would be a great addition because you always travel with two other guys (except for towns).

Comment by Fanappy on 2010-06-02 18:58:34

Only will work if you take over a standard NPC in a co-op mode, its getting stupid like including Multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed now Mass Effect. I hope that they do some sort of SC:Conviction type co-op as a prologue or seperate storyline

Comment by Matt on 2010-06-04 11:59:05

Some kind of co-op could work, maybe. But any kind of competitive multiplayer will be awful. When will they realise that not every game needs multiplayer.

Comment by Zan Toplisek on 2010-06-04 21:37:36

By the look of things, not any time soon :/ . One recent example of this practice is BioShock 2 - that didn’t work out well for them either…

Comment by Jay on 2010-08-12 16:56:38

BioShock 2 had an awesome mutiplayer, But I agree not all games should have mutiplayer and Mass Effect is one of those games.

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