BioWareâ€™s celebrated sci-fi operas, Mass Effect 1 and 2, are widely known as two of the best role-playing single-player experiences the industry can serve up. With the final chapter of the current story arc already in development, fansâ€™ expectations are reaching new heights, many of which no doubt involve a so-far-non-existent, yet potential multiplayer component. Is adding a viable and solid multiplayer solution to the already marvelous single-player portion of the game asking too much of the development team? According to a recent job listing, the answer is no.
The new job listing on EAâ€™s website reveals BioWareâ€™s Montreal studio is now on the lookout for some fresh multiplayer programming blood that will â€śtake existing single player user experiences and make them multiplayer safe.â€ť
Although the listing doesnâ€™t currently point at any particular projects, just the vague â€śtop franchises,â€ť taking a glance at other online reports shows that it previously specifically mentioned Mass Effect. Another reason to believe it doesnâ€™t have to do with other BioWare franchises is the required experience with Unreal Engine which only Mass Effect uses out of BioWareâ€™s existing known IPs.
Assuming the developer does intend to add multiplayer to Mass Effect, it could either be for the Mass Effect 2 downloadable content or the long-ways-off third game. Fingers crossed that co-op for Mass Effect 3 is in the works!
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