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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