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BioWare Understands Mass Effect's Campaign Focus

Yes, multiplayer rules the roost. In most cases, you're not even allowed to release a game to the marketplace unless it boasts a multiplayer mode.

These days, that even includes role-playing games like the upcoming Mass Effect 3. For the first time in the franchise's storied history, developer BioWare has implemented a Galaxy at War multiplayer option. And some of the hardcore fans are a little concerned.

Thing is, a studio only has so many resources. When they have to utilize a portion of those resources to create multiplayer, the campaign could take a hit. But BioWare isn't about to make this mistake; they're too in-tune with their fans. During a recent CVG interview, BioWare Edmonton GM Aaryn Flynn said the new mode is "very optional" and appeased the skeptical followers:

"There was a statement made that the better you do in multiplayer, the better you are at single-player - and I don't think that's right. The approach we're taking is that multiplayer is very optional for all of our fans and players. It's a way to achieve certain things in a different way then you could if you did just the single-player campaign."

Every time we hear BioWare talk about this subject, it's clear that Mass Effect 3 will be just as immersive, complex, and engaging as any other game in the series, and the new multiplayer mode will not have a negative impact. As we always say, we never have a problem with adding multiplayer...provided single-player fans don't go wanting.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: mass effect 3, me3, bioware, mass effect 3 multiplayer

10/28/2011 11:51:55 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (7 posts)

TheAgingHipster
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 12:06:17 PM
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As a HUGE Mass Effect fan, I'm really excited to see what BioWare does with the multiplayer campaign. It sounds like, if you're more into multiplayer than single player campaigns, you'll be able to proceed through the EVENTS of the main story, rather than Shepard's story itself. For instance, instead of actively playing Shepard while trying to recruit the Krogans to his/her cause, you're on the Krogan homeworld taking part in a battle to control the region for Shepard, or warding off a Reaper assault.

I really think this multiplayer mode has some serious potential, and if BioWare pulls it off, it might be the first multiplayer experience I truly get hooked on!

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Excelsior1
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 12:46:47 PM
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well i know there are many who are worried about the mp having a negative impact on me3. there are also many that don't like the fact bioware has removed a lot of the rpg elements in their past 2 games in attempts to appeal to broader market.

not every game needs multiplayer crammed into it. whenever i think of a game that has mp i know that almost always somehow the sp campign will be gimped in some way.

also bioware needs to be more careful in the way they handle their games. i think they lost a lot of fans with da2. it seems bioware wants to have their cake and eat it too...you're never going to make a game that appeals to hardcore rpg gamers and the broader market at the same time. you'll end up with neither so why even try? why risk alienating the loyal fans you already have?

oh well. i want to trust bioware but we have seen them moving away from rpg elements in their past 2 games. i will be there day 1 for me3 becuase i can't wait to see where they take the story but i remain slightly annoyed at their attempts at mp...i'm sure ea forced them do that. did dead space 2 really need mp? does me3? i guess ea decided they do. if there is a developer that can pull this off correctly it is bioware. i think they are very talented and i remain a huge mass effect fan.

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Underdog15
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 2:31:20 PM
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As long as everything is an improvement upon the last, I see no reason to complain about MP being added.

Here's to a more diverse gaming collection!

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ZettaiSeigi
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 6:19:35 PM

Couldn't agree more, Underdog. As long as the campaign continues to be as stellar as ME2 and mutliplayer is completely optional, then I do not have anything to complain about.

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BikerSaint
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 5:46:29 PM
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I never had a doubt about ME3's SP mode.

But, my biggest gripe as a collector is as seeing how I own both versions of ME2, that the 360's ME2 version has a 30 page manual included, & the PS3 version got nada, zilch, nothing......only an offer for an effing "online" manual.

So since EA seems to be willing to shaft the gamers by NOT putting out REAL manuals inside it's games anymore(my BF2 was missing one too), then I've now relegated any & all future EA buys to when they've become "under $20USED only".

I really feel sorry for the developers, but I've got to take a stand & boycott EA'a sorry shite against us....or at least me

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aaronisbla
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 6:09:16 AM

its just a paper manual...

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___________
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 4:21:03 AM
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of course its optional, fans are just worried it will take away from the campaign polish.
lets be honest bioware are not exactly the masters of polished games, in fact quite the opposite id say there 2nd last only to bethesda!
ME2 was so freaking buggy, and not small buggy like flickering shadows or something but big buggy like game corrupt saves.
yes, im still sore about that!
you only have so much time to make a game and cutting that in half to work on the MP, well of course fans are going to be worried!
i just hope ME3 turns out as smooth as silk, if i have 1 single bug like i did in ME2 im done with bioware forever!

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