Mass Effect 4 will have multiplayer. Probably.

Mass Effect multiplayer

The chances that BioWare’s next Mass Effect game will have multiplayer is pretty high. I say this not just because both of BioWare’s last epic RPGs had multiplayer, but because the studio is actively searching out a new online producer. 

Shouting into the Twittersphere, BioWare’s senior development director Chris Wynn linked to a job opportunity on EA’s careers website, noting that he was looking for someone to help shape online for the next Mass Effect game. 

Whilst this could just mean online features and connected functionality, it’s most probably going to be some form of multiplayer. EA have been adamant for many years now that all their games would offer online content, and both Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition had co-op multiplayer modes. 

Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer proved fairly popular, but I feel probably more for the fact that you had to play it in order to raise your galactic readiness rating to get the game’s best ending. Inquisition did a far better job, with mini dungeon raids that felt like Dungeons and Dragons skirmishes. Even though Mass Effect 4 won’t take any inspiration from Dragon Age, I’d hope that any multiplayer would edge closer to Inquisition's ideas. 

Thanks, Destructoid

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KeefBaker Avatar
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2 Years ago

I might be the only one but tacking multiplayer into what is essentially a single player experience is something I hope Devs knock on the head at some point.

Games like ME are all about making your own decisions about how things are going to play out and influencing the world your way. I'm just not sure how well that's going to fly on multiplayer.

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Chaz Avatar
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2 Years ago

Did you ever play the multiplayer for Mass Effect 3? It was a great stab at a horde-style coop game where you could try out decently leveled characters of other classes without having to play through the giant campaign again. It was a neat little mode that you could just ignore if need be. The only issue was that they attempted to tie it to the singleplayer by making it affect the ending, but that was a problem with the integration rather than the multiplayer itself.

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KeefBaker Avatar
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2 Years ago

To be honest, yeah that was fun and a nice addition. I'm just hoping they don't go Dead Space 3 with it.

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MrAptronym Avatar
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2 Years ago

If I can pretend it doesn't exist, then fine, but tying it to single player was terrible. I cannot express how disapointed I was when I learned that the best ending requires either buying DLC or playing multiplayer. So I am not opposed to a singleplayer game having a multiplayer component, I don't have much faith in Bioware.

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It does actually seem like the idea of multiplayer as necessary has died down a bit though. For a while shoddy multiplayer was tacked onto every game that came out.

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QDP2 Avatar
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2 Years ago

I personally hope for a knock towards Borderlands direction, finding a way to incorporate multiple players into the single player mode. Imagine your 4-man team actually being manned by 4 people, exploring the galaxy. I get there would be some serious problems to overcome (for starters dialogue becoming a cut-scene for 3/4 of the party would be a problem), but I would have trust in BioWare finding a way to make it work. Just the idea of exploring a ME world with your friends in there with you, sounds amazing :)

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DevilSShadoW Avatar
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2 Years ago

the problem with introducing multiplayer to the story would be that nobody would be paying attention to the story anymore. I've played enough borderlands with friends to know there's always at least one person that couldn't care less about what the characters are saying and just wants to shoot more stuff.

Personally I really don't want human companions. Humans tend to be annoying when you're tying to RP and have fun as your chosen character.

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QDP2 Avatar
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2 Years ago

Good point, I could see that being quite a common occurrence actually. In truth that would just result in you playing with actual friends who you can trust to play properly, or find people online with the same view as you, to make friends with them as you play.

Also BioWare does get that many people like you would want to have the higher level of immersion, and would still build in a single player mode. As they've said multiple times, they never want to make MP a compulsory action, holding back anything in from SP's access.

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2 Years ago

I would gladly accept a non-mandatory co-op mode, one that I could go through with my friends once I've beat the story by my lonesome. Thus adding to the game's replayability over what would already be there because of the multiple choice nature of bioware games.

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2 Years ago

I sunk 100's of hours into ME3 mp, it was pretty good, however it was slightly hampered by no listen servers, but DAI MP is frustrating with constant drop outs to the point that even just trying for weekend events was too hard.

Without listen servers you just can't get the best out of Co-op.

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