Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM ET
It's been a busy week for BioWare. The game developers are not only hard at work on next-year's (very) highly anticipated "Mass Effect 3" game, they've also spent the last few days dealing with leaked news that their game will feature multiplayer missions for the first time ... along with the upset that news has caused among their many fans.
After a couple of game magazines spilled the beans early, BioWare on Tuesday officially revealed details about the addition of four-player co-op missions, which only added fuel to a heated debate already in progress. And so on Wednesday, BioWare released an exclusive video interview with Casey Hudson — "Mass Effect" executive producer — in which he further explains the whys and hows of the controversial addition and attempts to soothe the seething masses.
For those who still aren't sure what all the fuss is about, the short of it is this: "Mass Effect" fans are worried that adding multiplayer features to the game will detract from what they love, love, LOVE about this best-selling series — the single-player, character-and-story-driven focus of it.
In his interview (above), Hudson acknowledges fans' concerns but explains that BioWare has brought on an additional team — BioWare Montreal — to create the additional content.
"By adding multiplayer, we actually have the opportunity to make use of an additional team that we've been growing over the years specifically around their expertise in doing multiplayer programming, design and art," he says. "So you get a single-player experience that's just as polished — that's got all the amazing elements — but at the same time we've been able to add, through the addition of BioWare Montreal, this new capability to do multiplayer for the first time."
Meanwhile, he also points out the following bonus: "What's really amazing about multiplayer in 'Mass Effect 3' is that for the first time you'll be able to take control of characters that you've never been able to play before," he says. "You can be an Asari, you can be a Drell. You have access to all the different classes and many of the different races that you've seen in the 'Mass Effect' series but you haven't been able to play before."
For more on the ongoing "Mass Effect 3" multiplayer debate, follow this link to read up and weigh in with your own thoughts on the pros and cons of playing the game with friends.
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