Yesterday, BioWare confirmed Mass Effect 3’s new multiplayer mode. Today, they have decided to elaborate the multiplayer mode of Mass Effect 3, providing further details and features of the mode.
Contrary to earlier beliefs, Mass Effect 3 will not feature a competitive multiplayer mode. Instead, co-op multiplayer is what you’ll be experiencing, and just as pretty much everything you do in the game has an effect on the story, in the same way co-op mode will actually offer an ‘alternative’ method of achieving the ideal ending to the singe-player campaign of the game.
This is a feature that reminds every one of BioWare’s intention of maintaining the story-centered nature of the series.
In a post on the BioWare forums, community coördinator Chris Priestly wrote, “players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an élite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control.”
As far as the ‘alternative method’ bit is concerned, this method of achieving the ending through the effects of co-op has been given its own name, Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War – a new system that will allow gamers to alter a Galactic Readiness level that indicates the player’s preparation for the game’s final showdown.
“…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.”
However, you don’t have to go through the hassle of forcibly playing the co-op mode if you don’t wish to. Priestly added that the system is entirely optional, and does not affect the outcome of the ending and/or how you reach it, meaning that the full experience of the story can be enjoyed without needing to play the multiplayer.
Additionally, co-op multiplayer will not feature the main existing characters of the campaign. Instead, players will have to create custom characters to fight in the galactic wars. The player has the liberty to choose from different species, such as Turians, Krogans, Salarians etcetera for their characters.
Mass Effect 3 hit stores next year in early March.