Late last night we brought you the report from Australian video game magazine PC Play that Mass Effect 3 would have a multiplayer component, ending months of speculation. Now, BioWare has revealed the first details on the online modes to come with Mass Effect 3 when it launches March 6, 2012.
BioWare revealed that Mass Effect 3 will feature 4-player co-op missions and a mode called Galaxy at War. The co-op missions will be separate from the single player campaign, but will have a direct impact on the outcome of the SP. In the missions, you and three friends or strangers will pick your race and class, then try to hold off wave after wave of baddies in a horde type mode.
BioWare stated that they added this mode because they felt that “being able to explore and fight alongside your friends in the Mass Effect universe has always been something we thought would be fun and compelling, and many players have asked for it for a long time as well. Mass Effect 3 is the best place for us to introduce multiplayer through co-op because of the premise of the game – all out galactic war.”
Galaxy at War is a “new way for players to manage and experience the galactic war from multiple fronts.” This mode is completely optional and, if used, will apply directly to the galaxy’s “Galactic Readiness” level. This level is measured by Shepard’s ability to “apply every possible asset–people, weapons, resources, armies, fleets–in the final battle against the Reapers.” BioWare has promised to talk more about this mode and all that it has to offer in the coming months.
Now that you know more about the online, are you excited for what it has to offer? Learn more about the modes and the reasoning behind them on the BioWare forum.