Mass Effect 3 Rumoured To Include Four-Player Co-Op
As if Bioware hadn’t already got fans excited enough for Mass Effect 3, and as if the Kinect-enhanced features didn’t bring the game to the forefront of attention once again at E3 2011, there are now rumours circling that the third instalment in the series will include a mode that supports up to four player co-operative play. According to Eurogamer, the four-player mode will be online-enabled and will operate as a standalone feature – aside from the main campaign – which will include competitive elements. It has been kept as a seperate element so as not to interfere with the integrity of the main game.
The rumours also tend to suggest that the multiplayer mode may be something akin to the “Horde” mode found in Gears of War 2 & 3 – pitting a group of players against wave after wave of increasingly more difficult enemies. It is also reported that BioWare Montreal was creating a multiplayer Mass Effect experience, either as a standalone game or component of Mass Effect 3 – so this may be one and the same thing.
When questioned on the subject of four player co-operative play at E3, Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka had this to say: “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… It’s always an idea we’re interested in… The short answer is we have no comment on that. But we’re interested in the idea of multiplayer.”
Mass Effect 3 is due out on March 6th 2012. It will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & Windows PC.