Multiplayer Is In For Next Mass Effect Game With ‘Connected Experiences’ and ‘Online Features’

Though it was confirmed at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con that co-operative multiplayer was in for BioWare’s next Mass Effect game, a new job listing at the studio now also hints at “connected experiences” and other “online features”.

An ad for BioWare’s “Online Producer – Mass Effect” role asks candidates to “Create and champion the vision of the multi-player, connected experiences and online features of the game which respects the project leadership goals and be accountable for the quality targets and the results achieved.”

As senior development director on the title Chris Wynn puts it, “Things are getting real…”

Mass Effect 3 was the first to introduce cooperative multiplayer to the series, pitting four characters, each of different classes and races, against waves of human, Geth, or Reaper enemies in varying locations. Rounds consisted of rotating objectives, concluding with a difficult extraction attempt upon defeating the final wave. We quite enjoyed it and would love to see something like it return in BioWare’s next title set in the Mass Effect universe.

The next Mass Effect will boast a new story and a fresh batch of characters and will be built on DICE and EA’s Frostbite engine. It was first shown at E3 2014 and will likely have a much greater presence at this year’s expo.

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