Itching to play Mass Effect 3? Good news. A post on the BioWare forums has revealed that the third chapter in the action/RPG hybrid series will include a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode. Your success in the game's multiplayer component will have an impact on the single-player campaign. However, the post is quick to point out that the multiplayer missions are completely optional, and players can "achieve the optimal, complete ending" while playing alone.
The post concludes with a short FAQ, and BioWare goes out of its way to reassure fans that this new multiplayer mode hasn't had a negative impact on the single-player campaign. The co-op missions were crafted by a dedicated team from BioWare's new studio in Montreal, leaving the developer's Edmonton studio free to focus on the main game. In fact, the game's protagonist, Commander Shepard, will only be playable in single-player mode.
Instead of pulling characters from the main campaign, Mass Effect 3 co-op will ask players to create their own. Different species will be available, each with its own "unique set of abilities," suggesting a measure of class-based warfare.
Gamers will be able to sink their teeth into Mass Effect 3 on March 6, 2012. So far, the game is scheduled for a simultaneous release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.