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BioWare's epic RPG trilogy will add multiplayer in its final instalment next year...
Speculation about the possibility of multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 has been around ever since the game was announced almost a year ago, and now that speculation can finally be put to rest as a magazine cover story has effectively outed a multiplayer component for next year's conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy.
The cover story comes from Australian mag PC Powerplay, which teased its next issue on the magazine's website. You'll find very little info through the link beyond the fact that the game will have multiplayer, so presumably details on modes and alike are embargoed for a later date.
Does such a story-focused series really need multiplayer, or is it a must-have for any combat game worth its salt these days? Let us know your thoughts in the comments...
Update: BioWare has now officially confirmed 4-player co-op multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 over on its forums. This co-op mode will feature missions separate from the main single-player campaign, although they will have a knock-on effect in the single-player storyline.
Utilising a 'Galaxy at War' system, players can effect the 'Galactic Readiness' level with their actions in the co-op multiplayer mode, which will ultimately impact upon the final battle against the Reapers. However, BioWare has been quick to underline the point that this multiplayer is only a different way to change the outcome of Mass Effect 3 - players can still complete the same goals purely by playing the single-player if they want to. There will be various other ways that the 'Galactic Readiness' level will change, ultimately determining how much support Commander Shepard can bring against the Reapers.
For those of you who are worried whether adding multiplayer will have compromised the core single-player experience, BioWare has allayed those fears by revealing that a separate studio has built the multiplayer at BioWare Montreal in conjunction with the core Mass Effect 3 single-player team at BioWare Edmonton.