“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 last week at E3.
Chalk it up as a rumor for now, but given that BioWare had stated previously that they were looking at reaching out to a wider audience with Mass Effect 3, a multiplayer component should surprise no one. Does Mass Effect 3 need multiplayer? Will multiplayer hurt the single player of Mass Effect 3? I’m inclined to answer no to both of those questions, considering I didn’t think the Uncharted series needed multiplayer either, and yet it turned out great and Uncharted 2’s single player exceeded that of the first Uncharted. Likewise, I think it’ll succeed in Mass Effect and if done right will only help make it a better game with more replay value and bang for your bucks.
Mass Effect 3 was delayed until early 2012 to help ensure that it is the “biggest, boldest, and best game in the series.” It will launch simotanusly for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 on March 6, 2012.
Four-player co-op for Mass Effect 3? [via Eurogamer]