Well, we finally have a confirmation that Mass Effect 3 is indeed receiving the multi-player treatment, so let the hate/love commence! Players can opt to play online with up to three other players and take on missions to increase their “galactic readiness”. Not only that, but Bioware has said that there will be more “platforms and interfaces” announced by which players will be able to ready their galaxy. This system of readying the galaxy is being aptly called the “Galaxy at War system”. I’ll bet that Bioware will be taking advantage of the social interactivity of Facebook and smartphones, attempting to pique the interest of outsiders who see that their friends have readied their own galaxies.
For those worried that this might hurt the Single-player campaign, Bioware claims it is only an option, and that there are other means by which players may ready their galaxy for war. It hasn’t been confirmed, but I would assume that one could play through this new co-op mode with A.I. partners.
Players will not be playing as the protagonist, Commander Shepard, Liara, Garrus and the like. Instead, players will create their own unique character from the different races: turians, krogan, asari and more. Each race will come with their own unique abilities.
Bioware says that they have two whole teams working on Mass Effect 3: one for single-player, and the other for the new cooperative mode. Though, somehow I doubt this will quell the fury of those who don’t want their single-player experience impeded in any way.
Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for release in early 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.