Mass Effect 3 multiplayer update: BioWare confirms co-op missions, asks for fans’ patience (new details added!)

After months and months of rumors, today we got confirmation that Mass Effect 3 has online multiplayer. Looking at the immediate internet reaction, the majority of the comments on our story ranged from doubtful to fairly negative, and it seems like the reaction wasn’t limited to our readers. After the initial response to the news, BioWare explained things a little more, including the first facts about co-op missions, while doing its best to assure fans that the new mode would be worth it.

First up, Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson took to his Twitter and laid down some of the first info on the mode, while also trying to relax fans:

“Yes, co-op MP missions for #ME3: they're real, and they're spectacular. Rest assured it's nothing of what you've feared. More soon...”

“Co-op missions” does sound a bit easier to comprehend than the full-on deathmatch battles that the word “multiplayer” conjures in the minds of some. Though it should be noted Casey doesn’t say that the multiplayer is exclusively co-op. Meanwhile, BioWare’s official Twitter account also attempted similar damage control with its fan base:

“There will be a multiplayer component for #ME3. Full details soon, so wait until then before making your decision. We think you'll like it!”

What do you think? Were hardcore fans simply overacting to something they know little about? Or is this just another sign of the times with multiplayer modes being forced on single player franchises just to keep up with the competition? And do you trust BioWare to create a Mass Effect multiplayer experience that meets the franchises high level of quality?


BioWare gave a much more concrete description of the multiplayer modes on its forums. Here's how the four player co-op mode is described:

"4 player co-op multiplayer

Join your friends in the all-out galactic war to take Earth back. The universe of Mass Effect expands with the addition of new co-op multiplayer missions, playable over Xbox Live, PSN and PC internet. Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control. Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign, giving players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory against the greatest threat mankind – and the entire galaxy – has ever faced.

Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War

As a bonus to the campaign, BioWare is introducing the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system, a new way for players to manage and experience the galactic war from multiple fronts, including a new 4-player co-op mode. The key to saving the galaxy is the “Galactic Readiness” level, measured by Commander Shepard’s ability to apply every possible asset – people, weapons, resources, armies, fleets – in the final battle against the Reapers. Players can impact their game’s Galactic Readiness level in multiple ways via the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system, including multiplayer. Other platforms and interfaces will be announced in the coming months. It is important to note that the system is entirely optional and just another way players can have control over your game experience – it is still possible to achieve the optimal, complete ending of the game in Mass Effect 3 through single-player alone."

Continue reading the forum page and you'll see BioWare has an extensive FAQ on the subject. First the team assures fans that first and foremost Mass Effect 3 was designed as a single player game and that's why the multiplayer aspect is totally separate. It's mentioned that the team made the multiplayer only co-op as battling alongside friends was the only thing that made sense for the series. Further, for those of you that think the BioWare developers had to sacrifice their time to make multiplayer maps when they should be working on the campaign, the post reveals that the multiplayer mode was made by a totally separate team at BioWare Montreal. You can read the whole FAQ right here.

So now that BioWare has let loose all these details about the mode, how do you feel? Less concerned? More worried? Or patiently waiting to play it for yourself and make up your mind then?

Oct 10, 2011


  • Yeager1122 - October 11, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    I will wait to see it in action before i jump to any sort of concusion about it.
  • Vittles05 - October 11, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    If Mass Effect 3 is as much of a disappointment as Dragon Age 2 was, I will cry.
  • Doctalen - October 11, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    I am actually a little interested now, it would be very interesting to see how this Spectre mash-up will allow me to tingle with the galaxy in single player. Though admittedly when more details I will lose interest simply because of my own bias.
  • Super Barn Owl - October 11, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    They should have done away completely with the single player. It should be an online mmo, as it hass all the worlds and gameplay already there. Single player is out dated, I dont think there has been a decent single player game since Mario sunshine. It would be great to do away with the large amount of characters and their stories and just go and do what I want!
  • Potchi79 - October 11, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    "Single player is outdated" Ooooo say something else! I love reading stupid stuff on the internet.
  • WooddieBone - October 11, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    "it is still possible to achieve the optimal, complete ending of the game in Mass Effect 3 through single-player alone." That statement just says it all. Do not fear my friends! Mass Effect 3 will be AWESOME whatever they put in the package! This just means more bang for your buck.
  • FlagrantPilgrim - October 11, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    I think we can trust Bioware to make a fantastic single player game by now. It's about time they branched out.
  • jackthemenace - October 11, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    Sweet. I always knew I couldn't handle an online versus mode, but Co-op sounds awesome, something that Mass Effect could really benefit from. Plus, if it means making sure EVERYONE (including Garrus) survives, I'm more than happy to invite a few mates over for Mass Effect and Shepherds Pie. How British am I? And by "Everyone including Garrus", I mean EXCLUSIVELY Garrus, couldn't give a sh*t about the rest of the team
  • SillyPigeon - October 11, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    My only concern was that it would take time and resources away from making the single player. Since bioware have said it was handled seperately, i'm ok with it. The co-op sounds good although i won't get to experiance it. But perhaps this new mode is an sneak peak at what the future of Mass Effect could be???
  • patbateman17 - October 11, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    "it is still possible to achieve the optimal, complete ending of the game in Mass Effect 3 through single-player alone" Thank god - now I can just ignore all this crap anyway.
  • wiitard07 - October 11, 2011 5:50 a.m.

  • BladedFalcon - October 11, 2011 7:18 a.m.

    Hey look! it's the loud, angry, retarded side of the internet! Took you a while to arrive to these parts :P
  • - October 11, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    Only gamers could hear a product was coming with more modes, yet no details on those modes, and complain. How DARE a developer offer anything more? What are they thinking by not giving us the same thing as the last game note for note? Damn you, Bioware! Stop trying to improve, expand and give me more for my money. I am a gamer! I fear change!
  • BladedFalcon - October 11, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    You are missing the point entirely. Also, more doesn't necessarily mean better. This is not about people not wanting to try more and better things with the game. In fact,Bioware has already announced a lot of new gameplay mechanics that make it different from the previous games, (new melee system, new cover system, etc.)and no one has complained. Why? because those changes make sense, they improve something that already exists and it's part of the experience. Adding multiplayer to an RPG experience that has been defined by story, characters and choices, is like adding a toaster component to a TV. It might be one hell of a toaster, but was it really necesary? Is it even a logical step to incorporate such a thing? It isn't, and that's the problem. Also, it's not fearing change at all. if this was a completely new IP from Bioware, no one would be complaining if they try to experiment with multiplayer. They are free to do whatever they want with a new IP. But being the last part of a trilogy, there's already expectations from what people want from the last part, and it's honestly not the best game to try something that doesn't even fit with the series. What I'm sure most people and fans from ME want, is a solid, epic ending to the trilogy, with a satisfying story, compelling characters and relationships, and a solid shooting experience to string it along. That's all I want at least, anything else is unnecessary. If Bioware assures me that adding multiplayer won't affect this, then I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. But I don't have to suddenly like the idea of multiplayer either.
  • Cenobite85 - October 11, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    You are slowly becoming my hero.
  • Safety Dance Central - October 11, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    Im just hoping the dlc for this game won't be just more co-op missions.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - October 11, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    im never against co-op, but I just don't have enough gaming friends to ever make the most out of it, only in rare occasions like Halo. Seeing as these are individual missions and I do know a few people getting this game it'll probably be a nice addition and hopefully Ill get to play them Worlds smallest violin playing..I know xD
  • Cheech360 - October 11, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    Im moderately excited to see more details on this. And if it's crap, I can just ignore it.
  • DeeEss - October 10, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    "Full details soon, so wait until then before making your decision." But I wanna complain now!
  • Evanesco - October 10, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    "the post reveals that the multiplayer mode was made by a totally separate team at BioWare Montreal." That's not a good thing. At all.

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