Bioware Appeals For Calm Regarding Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer

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Bioware Appeals For Calm Regarding Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer

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Bioware would like to remind you that you don't have to play Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode if you don't want to. No content will be "walled off" for players who insist on playing alone.

When Bioware announced that Mass Effect 3 would be shipping with a co-op multiplayer mode, fans responded in a calm and reasonable manner. Hah, just kidding. They went mental. Bioware Edmonton general manager Aaryn Flynn, perhaps worried that high blood pressure is about to kill off vast swathes of the game's target audience, wants to assure players they can go through the game alone and not miss out.

"You can stick to the single-player campaign," he said in an interview with Eurogamer. "I'm sure there are a lot of completists out there who want to do that. They'll have amazing experiences and they'll get to see all the cool stuff they want to see just by doing single-player stuff."

"It's very optional. There's nothing walled off to you because you didn't play multiplayer and you're going to be running around at midnight saying, I need three friends! Quickly! We've got to find a BestBuy that's open! No. You'll get your amazing ending and amazing experiences just by playing single-player if you want that way."

Flynn is hoping the new multiplayer elements will bring new players into the Mass Effect universe, though some fans have questioned whether the third game in the series Is the right time to be making such a radical (in the non-90's sense) addition.

"Multiplayer has come up in the past at the studio," Flynn explained. "But with Mass Effect 3 it felt like the right time, especially because of the setting. The technology matured nicely. We had good success with the single-player campaigns. We thought, now it feels like the right time, with the setting we have, of an entire galaxy at war, to put something together that can be fun with multiplayer.

"With Mass Effect 3, we were setting up an entire galaxy at war. It made sense that we could tell some pretty cool stories and weave a very interesting multiplayer mechanic into that setting, and that's what we decided to do."

I guess we'll find out if Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode holds up to scrutiny when the game launches on March 6th. Until then, you can pass the time by transforming into an terrifying avatar of unyielding animalistic rage, enjoy.

Source: Eurogamer

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So, fans are getting irrational about a new feature? You never see that happen.

I don't get the rage at this; Bioware said when they announced it that it was seperate from th maingame and you could fully complete everything in singleplayer without touching the MP or that facebook thing they have planned. This is much stressing out over nothing.

I'm sure this article was great and well-thought out, but all I can think of saying is: Shepard, 'dat face.

Thanks God, maybe people can stop whining about this now.

meh. I love Mass Effect and BioWare games in general, and tbh I trust them on this. I think they're good enough at giving their fans what they want, and too mindful of what they're doing right to fuck this up.

No amour towards the concept, but nope, no rage here.

After all, Baldur's Gate had co-op multiplayer...

As long as it isn't essentially mandatory (I'm looking at you Borderlands), I'm okay with it. I just hope it is more than just a death-match tag on, because a GoW/Uncharted style TPS framed in the future settings of ME would be a nice addition to the shooter genre.

Is it wrong that I pictured Flynn saying that with the pictured Shepard's expression?
I love the pics you use to accompany articles.

It just seems so pointless. Everything i've heard about it so far makes it out to be a stripped down version of Horde mode. Why would I want to play that? No, seriously, why would anyone choose to play Mass Effect's version of a game mode that is significantly inferior to the version found in Gears of War or Halo (Or pretty much any other multiplayer-centric game these days).

It just feels tacked on, as if it were just "expected" of them. If you know it's not going to be a big part of the game, and you know it's not going to be something people will keep coming back to, why include it at all?

I'm still a bit suspicious that they put in multiplayer so they could tape an online pass onto the game.

Ah well. Nothing will get me to input that pass. I'll probably give it to someone else.

EvilPicnic:
meh.

*BLEEP* WARNING LAUNCH DETECTED. *Siren blare*

I, for one, was pretty stoked for ME MP. I don't know what people are getting worked up for. It's what I hate about the gaming community.

I was genuinely excited to hear about ME3's co-op mode. I love playing co-op games. For me, it can make average games excellent (FEAR 3, Dead Island) and it can make good games incredible (Borderlands, Splinter Cell: Conviction). Mass Effect 2 was already incredible. Mass Effect 3 is set to be like ME2, but with a ton of improvements.

Adding co-op to ME3 is sure to create some kind of quantum singularity as space-time collapses around it, unable to support its greatness.

I really feel bad for BioWare. It seems like their fanbase is prepared to scream about how the game is ruined forever whenever BioWare changes or even adds something.

oh boy can you imagen if they balls up the big epic ending to ME3!? people would never buy a bioware game again...or at least i would not

I couldn't fully concentrate on the article. That face kept calling for my attention, and of course I kept laughing.

Though I am not at all surprised that people complained about this. The fear that a multiplayer section could severely take away from the the single-player campaign is not unfounded. As long as the single-player campaign is as satisfying as it ever was, and the multiplayer is not at all essential to the main storyline, then I have no complaints.

Edit: My husband and I are also very intrigued by the multiplayer. We are always looking for new co-op games to play together. We'll be sure to try it,..at least once or twice.

IamQ:
I'm sure this article was great and well-thought out, but all I can think of saying is: Shepard, 'dat face.

RenShep is intrigued.

I like the idea of MP in ME. Considering the setting (a galaxy filled with slavers, mercenaries and pirates) it seems all too easy to adapt into a multiplayer setting.

Of course people are going to rage, despite what you'd expect, many gamers are really afraid of changes and I'm not talking about hardcore fans like the cs 1.6 crowd.
That being said, I still don't get the rage, let alone how you can condemn something even before having seen anything about it. Even if it may seem pointless to some people, how can an addition, that doesn't have anything to do with the main experience, something that's entirely optional, be something bad? It's just there and if you don't give a rat's ass about it, then just don't pay attention to it and let the people who like it, have some fun.

Also, after having seen that face, I cannot unsee it, damn you! I'll never be able to see Shepard the same way ever again.

first they add the "very optional" Kinect use, then the "very optional" multiplayer... my main fear is that Mass Effect 3 ends ruined because it tried to be too much of everything... also I forsee the "ultimate dick move" of adding achievements to the "very optional" multiplayer :S

Hmm, the only comparison I can draw from this is Dead Space 2, and I see the exact same future. Sequel to an entirely single player franchise with multiplayer that they defend by saying its entirely separate. Then when the game comes out the multiplayer dies on day one and provides nothing for the entire product. Wasted resources, wasted time, wasted money on a useless aspect of a game.

If they want to try to sell me a useless multiplayer mode, they can at least bother to sell it as a different product so I can avoid it.

This isn't really news. It's just BioWare repeating what they've previously stated in hopes that the raging minority might actually listen for once. I doubt it'll happen.

Bioware: Here have more ways to play the game!
Fans: MORE WAYS?! NO!!! GIVE US LESS!! Make sure you give half the game in day one DLC and the other half has to be bought new, otherwise you just get a title screen!
EA: Done.

That face Shep is pulling in that picture...

Thats the face I pulled when I heard about the multiplayer.

Not due to rage, due to confusion.

I heard someone at Bioware say it's to bring new people into Mass Effect and had to question if the third and final part of that trilogy is the right time to do that.

"Hey, come play our game. You've missed most of the story and will have no clue what the feth is going on but you can be confused with friends in co-op".

Doesn't bother me in the slightest, I won't be using the co-op but i'm sure someone out there will enjoy it.

Screw the multiplayer jazz, I just hope they don't fuck up the entirety of the game. Games I've bought of late have been frighteningly underwhelming.

Man Bioware has had their "fanbase" flipping shit all over the place for a while now. There's always some section of their fanboys that end up freaking out and calling, "RUINED FOREVER" for every single announcement.

Besides Mass Effect should work well with Co-op. I don't think a traditional multiplayer would work very well unless it was a spin off type thing using different mechanics but co-op should be great.

Necromancer Jim:
I really feel bad for BioWare. It seems like their fanbase is prepared to scream about how the game is ruined forever whenever BioWare changes or even adds something.

Indeed.

No matter what BioWare does, the fanbase always seem to jump at the chance to tear them apart.

SteelStallion:
Hey man, release some modding tools with ME3, and let modders go insane on the multiplayer component.

Asari sex MMO incoming.

They already said that they won't release modding tools for Mass Effect 3. The engine they use for the game doesn't allow for much modding.

Bacontastic:
Do they realize the reason some of us are mad is because we feel that the multiplayer is just taking resources that should be used to make sure the single player ends the story well? Multiplayer is fine and all but, when concluding an epic story you don't screw around with a new feature no one asked for, you polish the story and save the new feature for another title. I swear there will be a lot more angry people if the ending fails to conclude the story properly because they decided to put resources to multiplayer.

BioWare has said that two separate divisions are working on each part of the game, and that no resources are being diverted from the single player team. Whether you want to believe that or not is up to you, but that information has been available since around the time of the multiplayer announcement.

Also, the Baldur's Gate games had multiplayer and those are still considered BioWare's best games by a lot of people.

The reason why the community is getting so up in arms is because BioWare are going against their vision, after they claimed their publisher supposedly isn't pulling their strings.

Co-op wasn't a planned feature of Mass Effect at any point, so it makes one wonder whether they have relented to any other publisher demands.

To be honest, I'm staying silent - gaming as a whole is slowly bullying me out of the market with its constant greed and attention whoring anyway. With most games worth a sniff requiring multiple downloads attained from multiple locations - most of the time in conflicting methods of attainment (i.e. 3 pre order bonuses from 3 outlets) and your figure needing to be firmly on the pulse of the industry to know what you're getting.

Not to mention the fashion that seems to be developing of getting consumers to buy a pass for content not even developed yet thus proving how easy some will happily open their wallets and turn them upside down.

I just find it hard to keep faith anymore - developer morals being stretched is the least of my concerns for the industry.

Knowing the BioWare fans, adding romance features to the Multiplayer mode would calm them down.

They can turn a blind eye to absolutely everything if you give them some fanfic material.

I like it.

The face, I mean.

The multiplayer too, I guess. I only know of one person I'll be able to play it with, so, you know. I can take it or leave it.

I just want to play the game already.

Hey man, release some modding tools with ME3, and let modders go insane on the multiplayer component.

Asari sex MMO incoming.

Before Battlefield 3, I'd have said that Multiplayer and Single Player can co-exist without weakening one another...but now, I'm concerned that adding Multiplayer to Mass Effect will sacrifice quality when it comes to the single player campaign. If it's the same studio that did ME 1&2, they should have had another of their studios take up the slack, put the Dragon Age 2 makers to some decent work that dosen't involve story or plot, that way they can't hurt anything.

Do they realize the reason some of us are mad is because we feel that the multiplayer is just taking resources that should be used to make sure the single player ends the story well? Multiplayer is fine and all but, when concluding an epic story you don't screw around with a new feature no one asked for, you polish the story and save the new feature for another title. I swear there will be a lot more angry people if the ending fails to conclude the story properly because they decided to put resources to multiplayer.

I actually don't mind the multiplayer knowing that's it's only co-op. If I can play it alone I'll be extremely happy. I always wanted to play as a solo asari commando or turian agent. It will be awesome.

I'd just like to take this time to say that is the single most terrifying image of The Shepard I've ever seen in my life.

OT: Why are we getting upset about this? They've been very clear from the offset that skipping the multiplayer won't cut out anything important.

yea, yea, as I've said before, It's cool, I'm on board, but for the love of god, have they mentioned anything about it being split-screen or not? Just let me and a friend play on the same console, and I'll freaking buy two copies.

It's not about not being able to access features. It's that now everything in the main game is optional, and loses some of its spirit.

I'd be all for multiplayer that didn't have this effect on the game, though.

FFHAuthor:
Before Battlefield 3, I'd have said that Multiplayer and Single Player can co-exist without weakening one another...but now, I'm concerned that adding Multiplayer to Mass Effect will sacrifice quality when it comes to the single player campaign. If it's the same studio that did ME 1&2, they should have had another of their studios take up the slack.

They've already said that two studios are working on this: one for the single-player and one for the multiplayer with the two collaborating on things that relate to the lore (so it's all consistent).

Here is all the info: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/113587-BioWare-Finally-Confirms-and-Details-Mass-Effect-3-Multiplayer

To all those "fanboys" who are complaining about this: have you ever wanted to play a different race? Wish you had a third ally and that they were (about) as smart as you? That is essentially ME3 Multiplayer! And you DO NOT have to play it to get the best singleplayer ending! So please shut up and let the rest of us go back to deluding ourselves into thinking that humanity is actually smart.

Also, it was really hard to read this article with that image.

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