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Bioware considering Mass Effect MMO

Bioware considering Mass Effect MMO

Bioware is considering a Mass Effect MMO, says Casey Hudson, but hasn't figured it out yet.

Star Wars: The Old Republic developer Bioware is considering a Mass Effect MMO, says series lead Casey Hudson in an interview. As a concept it's something that the studio believes 'makes sense', even if it hasn't yet figured out the implementation just yet.

'We've been trying to think of a way that makes sense for people to experience Mass Effect with their friends. We haven't yet come up with a way to do that, so we don't have anything to announce at this time. But, obviously, multiplayer is something we want to do more of in the future as a company,' Hudson told Game Informer.

'A lot of people say that they want to see an MMO - that kind of makes sense for this universe. Part of what you're trying to do is save the universe so you can live in it. That's part of the promise for any great IP. It has to be a world worth saving. Mass Effect has that quality to it.'

'If you get rid of the Reapers and win that,' he added, 'wouldn't it be amazing to just live on the Citadel or just take a ship to Omega? That makes sense.'

At the same time, however, Hudson confirmed that Mass Effect 3 will not feature any multiplayer and that such concepts will be held back for later spin-offs.

Instead, Bioware is focusing on expanding the RPG and story mechanics for Mass Effect 3 - skill trees will be larger, weapon mods will return and there will be more than just two endings.

Check out the trailer for Mass Effect 3 below, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Flanananagan 11th April 2011, 12:11 Quote
Stop putting auto play videos in articles, this Mass Effect video and the Witcher one have both ruined songs for me in the Foo Fighters new album...
mi1ez 11th April 2011, 12:26 Quote
^Exactly what I was going to say. Last thing I want is videos playing over The Hold Steady!
liratheal 11th April 2011, 12:40 Quote
Ehh... MMO would be pretty mediocre IMO.

Stories just aren't the same when there's half a million people doing the same thing, and Mass Effect is nothing if not story driven.

I'd even go so far as to suggest that the story is the only, really, stand out thing for ME.
NuTech 11th April 2011, 12:59 Quote
Err, two articles in a row with an attached trailer that autoplays with audio.

Please don't.
Flibblebot 11th April 2011, 13:04 Quote
But where BioWare wins out is that they've put just as much effort into the back stories as the main story, so they have plenty of other material to put into an MMO. The Citadel is a perfect setting - multiple races and species coming together, the histories and frictions between those races, and humanity wanting to join in, waiting like a n00b in the corner of the room.

The downside, of course, is that the side-missions in the Mass Effect games are your typical MMO-type grind fest fair - go there, rescue these people/kill this monster - that it doesn't bode well for an MMO.

EDIT: Another +1 against the video players. Please don't. Thanks :)
Toploaded 11th April 2011, 15:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
Err, two articles in a row with an attached trailer that autoplays with audio.

Please don't.

Yeah, no to auto plays please, if we want to watch a trailer we will in our own time and auto playing will not force interest. Please consider those of us that might be using a mobile dongle or other capped services and are trying to converse bandwidth, every MB counts to people in some situations.
Unknownsock 11th April 2011, 16:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Ehh... MMO would be pretty mediocre IMO.

Stories just aren't the same when there's half a million people doing the same thing, and Mass Effect is nothing if not story driven.

I'd even go so far as to suggest that the story is the only, really, stand out thing for ME.

But the ME universe has ALOT of backstory, I'm sure you wouldn't disagree.

Aslong as it was implemented correctly and done with care it would have potential.
Fizzban 11th April 2011, 16:11 Quote
They need to release The Old Republic first lol.

I'm not sure how I would feel about a ME MMO. Can't quite see how it would work. Unsurprising really when they themselves can't either...yet. I did hear mumblings about them doing a FPS type game set in the First Contact War. Now that I would like to see!
pendragon 11th April 2011, 18:08 Quote
okay..first off... disable that auto-playing trailer.. that's not welcome

second .. I'm SO glad they're not going to add Multiplayer to ME3 .. it doesn't need it.

third .. If they make a ME MMO ..and do it justice ..i will TOTALLY sign up!!!!111eleven
Project_Nightmare 11th April 2011, 18:26 Quote
Mass Effect is a great game, but MMO generally suck IMHO. If they do it, I agree that it is going to be mediocre and they would create a better game that the fans will love if they kept it to the RPG market. If they make it an MMO, I probably wouldn't buy it day one and would wait for a year before I buy it so i would know if it is good or failed.
GravitySmacked 11th April 2011, 18:36 Quote
Lets see how The Old Republic turns out and then we'll talk.
Flibblebot 11th April 2011, 19:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzban
They need to release The Old Republic first lol.
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Originally Posted by GravitySmacked
Lets see how The Old Republic turns out and then we'll talk.
Bear in mind that they're restricted to a certain extent by Lucas, so if SWTOR sucks, the suckage might not be entirely BioWare's fault. ME is entirely their own work, so they have complete freedom with what they do with it.

That said, I think they're going to need more mission types than the standard ME side-missions to make it last long-term.
kdavies 12th April 2011, 01:31 Quote
Been a lurker for a long time now but I am going to make my first post just to ask you to please STOP putting auto play videos in articles. As for ME3 I am very excited but a MMO not really. I would rather see a FPS type game in this universe.
Tangster 12th April 2011, 03:28 Quote
I can't think of any MMO that I'd want to play. But, good luck I guess, just make sure ME3 is good.
Podge4 12th April 2011, 13:50 Quote
Im glad theres no multiplayer on it. Is the single player campaign mode soon going to be a add-on for an online multi-player game instead of the other way round?

Its not that i don't play online but i much prefer a story based experience.
TWeaK 12th April 2011, 21:54 Quote
I think the fact that they seem to be taking the time to consider how to do it actually bodes well. It sounds like everyone and his dog has said 'Do an ME MMO!' to them, but they're stopping and working out how to do it without making it how everyone here has suggested - i.e. crap.
bagman 12th April 2011, 23:29 Quote
well I think mass effect has great potential for being a MMO, because of the citadel is like the city where you buy and trade stuff, you have the plants for the quests, you could play with your friends in the squads as well as recruit bots and I think they could implement some galactic warfare with the spaceships
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