BioWare's Casey Hudson has confirmed that the multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 will be online co-op, and is bragging that it will be "spectacular".
In theof Power Play, the cover promised insight to the game's multiplayer. However, there was some speculation as to what sort of multiplayer would be in the game.
Hudson "Yes, co-op MP missions for #ME3: they're real, and they're spectacular. Rest assured it's nothing of what you've feared. More soon..."from his Twitter account,
Co-op multiplayer missions sounds like self-contained scenarios for players to engage in, much like the extra missions in the Metal Gear series.
Stay tuned, as we'll have more info as it comes regarding the multiplayer content of Mass Effect 3, which will be released in March 2012.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed by Joystiq that the online co-op will indeed be self-contained missions for up to four players. According to Bioware: "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."
The more intriguing aspect of this is that the multiplayer ties into the single-player game in unspecified ways, offering "an alternative method" of achieving success in the main storyline. This is apparently a part of the unspecified "Galaxy at War" portion of the game, in which Mass Effect 3 takes multiple factors, including multiplayer, to "augment Shepard's "Galactic Readiness" level." BioWare won't go into further specifics, only that "other platforms and interfaces will be announced in the coming months."
Those of you who fear they'll be required to do the multiplayer to get the best Mass Effect 3 ending, don't worry. BioWare is promising that the player can get the "optimal ending" of the game without having to go outside the single player campaign.