Mass Effect 3 online play detailed, affects campaign

Mass Effect 3‘s multiplayer and co-op are one of the same, BioWare has clarified following yesterday’s confirmation of an included multiplayer mode by Aussie games mag PC Powerplay. Community man Chris Priestly has taken to the developer’s official forums to lay down the deets.

The mode allows four players to tackle multiplayer co-op missions together while having an impact on the outcome of the single-player campaign.

“Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control,” it’s explained.

“Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign, giving players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory against the greatest threat mankind – and the entire galaxy – has ever faced.”

The co-op multiplayer is one part of a new Galaxy at War system. Other facets aren’t yet known, but they too will affect the campaign.

BioWare makes it clear though that these are entirely optional additions. Players will still be able to reach the “optimal, complete ending of the game in Mass Effect 3 through single-player alone.”

If you’re craving more, there’s an FAQ at the BioWare forums here.