New BioWare game a MP Mass Effect spin-off?

Online reports suggest mystery game teased yesterday isn't Mass Effect 3, but a new entry in the series targeting the multiplayer shooter market.

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Source: Gaming blog Kotaku.

What we heard: Yesterday, BioWare began teasing a new mystery game via a series of cryptic clues. Besides a screenshot of a man in futuristic armor leaning out a window, the Canadian developer released two barcodes. The first converted into a binary code, which added up to the atomic weight of iron, sparking speculation of a Shattered Steel remake. The second translated into the coldest temperature on earth, which was recorded in the Antarctic settlement of Vostok--a name shared by a star system in the original Mass Effect.

Will players be exchanging headshots in the Mass Effect universe?

Now it appears the latter clue may be the most telling. According to a development source that contacted Kotaku, the game being teased is not Mass Effect 3, but a new multiplayer-focused spin-off of the series. Reportedly in the works at BioWare's Montreal studio--which was hiring multiplayer developers in June--the game is apparently targeted at the online shooter market dominated by Call of Duty.

Whether the game will be a first-person shooter like the Call of Duty games is unclear. However, like Activision's shooter series, the rumored Mass Effect is said to have a single-player campaign but will retain an emphasis on competitive multiplayer.

The official story: "We don't comment on rumors or speculation. Stay tuned on December 11." -- BioWare rep, referring to the game's unveiling at the Video Game Awards next month.

Bogus or not bogus?: Too little to make a determination. That said, the premise sounds plausible. Mass Effect 2 was a solid hit, selling over 1.6 million units as of May. Throw in the sequel's Gears of War-like emphasis on running and gunning from cover, and the jump to straight action doesn't sound so implausible.

Discussion

246 comments
ChrisDC
ChrisDC

I agree with bigbowen1559

bigbowen1559
bigbowen1559

hmm havent thought abaut it.... its a really good idea... make a multiplayer centered ME based game different of Mass Effect 3, ME3 will not get spoiled and multiplayer gamers will be satisfied, everyone happy. cool.

WaffleBlaster
WaffleBlaster

I'm sooooo glad it's not a multiplayer shooter. ME3 will be, simply put, game of the year 2011. Mass Effect just wouldn't work multiplayer, unless you HEAVILY modified the game in it's entirety, which you shouldn't do to such a superb game.

DBRabbit87
DBRabbit87

I completely agree that the First Contact War would be an awesome setting to explore and perfect reason to make a more shooter oriented Mass Effect. I mean, they already promised us ME3. So why not expect a bonus multi player spin-off? That there has to be other war hero's in the Alliance Military. I would also think it would be cool if they explored The Rachni War and the Krogan Rebellions, too, a-la COD soldier story jumping. The more we indulge in Mass Effects universe, the better.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

This is garbage. I don't want a multiplayer ME OR a shooter set in the ME universe. It won't come out properly. BioWare should stick to doing what they do best.

isshiah
isshiah

i really hate hate when multiplayer takes the focus of formerly story based games like bioshock and assassins creed. but some of you must want it so i guess it's fair. lol

RogueTurian
RogueTurian

Yess we would all prefer ME3 but you guys need to stop hating its mass effect and its bioware they'll do a good job with it.

Viol4tion
Viol4tion

It could be the First Contact War, that would be a pretty cool offshoot for ME multiplayer :)

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

i want mass effect 3 ....not some multiplayer spin off .......thats not what mass effect fans want c'mon

Slavadil
Slavadil

WHAT?! Instead of ME3 we get some lousy Multiplayer spin-off meant for the CoD crowd. Why must loyalists of a series always be the ones to suffer at the hands of making more money. Thats all this is about, after all, COD market is bigger = more money. That is all that EA thinks about. Artistic Perfection just isn't important to that soulless corporation.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@gbrading I absoloutely agree, therefore i rekon a Mercenery-band based MP game would be a safe bet, whereby you could select between different bands, eg Blue Suns, Blood Pack or Eclipse, this way you would have the oppertunity to play a diverse range of characters without having any impact on the main story arc.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Another clone, and I don't mean Sheppard ;)

Evilnator
Evilnator

People say leaked footage says it's a zombie game. I cannot confirm this, although there is a youtube vid about with a dude talking about it (not a dev).

robayeit
robayeit

I would prefer to get ME3 done and dusted b4 coming out with new ME games, just do ME3 bioware then u can tinker with it how the hell u like ME and ME2 were so dam good not to mess around with

drytal
drytal

dude i don't care what kind of spin-off it is as long as its mass effect. i just can't get enough of that game series. bring more mass effect please. i hope that in me3 they'll incorporate the kinect tech so we can do planet scanning free hands.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

It would disappoint me if this were a multiplayer-focused installment. Mass Effect has been so much about story that to make a multiplayer game would take away a lot about what makes Mass Effect so great.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Sure, Mass Effect is awesome, but a multiplayer shooter doesn't seem like a good direction for a spin off

Arkanis_Vayll
Arkanis_Vayll

I've got nothing to really base this off of, but the immediate vibe I get "Star Wars: Battlefront." In other words, a half-hearted, bare-bones multiplayer game capitalizing on an extremely popular RPG. Albeit in an even more obvious, direct way.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

Huh... why not wait and build it into Mass Effect 3?

redness19
redness19

Seems like a waste of time and resources to me but what do I know. IMO they should work on a third Neverwinter Nights. The market is already saturated with FPS games that people play for a few days then return to COD.

sevvo73lasvegas
sevvo73lasvegas

If it was a tactical shooter set in the past (from the current story arc) with "antique" gear, I'd play the heck out of it.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I don't like this at all. Keep Mass Effect for RPG's please, dun need to waste the lore for 13 year olds to be screaming at each other about how the futuristic grenade launcher is overpowered.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well, if Bioware put the same amount of TLC into a MP game based in the ME universe than they did with the original ME & ME2, then im sure it will be well worth the wait.

may_m
may_m

What makes people think this will be an FPS? The only thing the article says on the matter is: "Whether the game will be a first-person shooter like the Call of Duty games is unclear..." Much more likely is a third-person co-op game, like a third-person Borderlands or that new Firefall game. Just incase it's unclear, basically a multiplayer Mass Effect game that sticks to ME's gameplay.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I completely understand the anamosity towards a ME based MP FPS, however if its simply 'Based' in the universe and contains none of the original cast or even locals, i dont really see a problem. Although i reckon its a fairly safe bet that the Geth will make an appearence.

berto64
berto64

great now multiplayer,and a FPS,theres too much shooters out there now,we dont need anymore shooter games,we need a mass effect prequel,in which it takes place before ME1,not a multiplayer shooter,i hope its a RPG not a FPS

amari24
amari24

No... Mass Effect doesn't need MP. Leave that aspect to those gritty FPS. I don't play Mass Effect to shoot at people, I play it to experience a great Sci Fi adventure through it's story. It should stay that way, don't turn it into something that it's not, and shouldn't be. Mass Effect isn't ment to be a shooter, or FPS. It's supposed to be played as a solo RPG. Please Bioware, be smarter than that. Steer clear from the mistakes of companies like Treyarch, whom just milk the same games every year, to please the MP audience.

XxLee90xX
XxLee90xX

They should do ME3 singleplayer to the best it can possibly be, release it, and then focus on making a multiplayer aspect to it and then put it up for dlc when its dam near perfect thats the only way multiplayer could work, because 1. It gives them less pressure of doing the 2 at once 2. We can all be occupied with an intense single player, while they are workin their magic with multiplayer 3. And after we are all done with ME3 single player, then what?? oh yeah thats right Bioware have gave us a nice multiplayer dlc available for download a few weeks from our completion date :D i just hope that if the rumour is true then they dont put it in first person, it just wudnt feels right... im used to mass effects third person angle. While my mind is wandering at the possibilities im jus guna let u all know wat i think wud b a good idea for a multiplayer mass effect 1. Import your ME3 single player character into multiplayer (every1 likes to be unique) 2. A rewarding ranking system e.g get to captain rank for an achievement and new weapon and armour 3. if you imported your ME2 account to ME3 you will be able to play multiplayer games using any main members of your crew in ME2 who survived the suicide mission Sorry about the essay guys lol

Ghost-inZeShell
Ghost-inZeShell

I would like for there to be some MP part to it. Multiplayer is the one and only thing that the Mass Effect series is missing (other than full frontal nudity)

made_u_look
made_u_look

There's question its Mass Effect 3 they were already developing the last part of the trilogy even when Mass Effect 2 was getting released. Not to mention they wouldn't start a new IP with a lot of there resources going towards ToR, Dragon Age 2, and DLC for Mass Effect 2 to bridge the gap for the 3rd installment. Now after ME3 who knows but for now negative its definately ME3.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

I'm not a big fan of online MP anymore, and I'd rather see more time/money going into ME3 (length of ME1 + art/level design and combat of ME2 = Total Win), but I'm certainly not going to call this completely unconfirmed rumor of a game an instant failure. I've been a fan of BioWare for a long time now (Baldur's Gate series being one of my favorite games of all time), and while all they produce isn't gold in my eyes, it is still uniformly well-made and quite evident they're working out of passion rather than a lust for money. If BioWare thinks they can make a successful MP game, so be it. We all need to calm down until this is confirmed, and then, if it does happen to be this type of game, wait for real information/gameplay video before calling it "the game that destroys BioWare."

jroriginal
jroriginal

Please be ME3. Don't sell yourselves BW to the faceless world of FPS.

Afinati
Afinati

Mass Effect is a roleplaying series is about MUCH more than an action game, MUCH, MUCH more than a shooter. It is about STORIES and IMMERSION. The FPS market is absolutely FAILING in that regard right now. Bioware improved the combat system in ME2, and that's great... it really is. And they're hopefully coming out with a great MMORPG with Star Wars: the Old Republic. I can see they're dabbling and swaying toward this potential eventuality. But, I know that the decision to make any Mass Effect multiplayer/shooter game will likely result in 5 things:

Afinati
Afinati

1. The game will be hugely popular and earn a great deal (not a good thing ... LOL), because it falls into the dominant genre of gaming at the moment. We loyal FANS will be alienated (which seems anti-Bioware) and a larger market of casual gamers will become their base. 2. Bioware will be encouraged by these results to make more games like this proposed venture to acquire much needed wealth from this new base to combat a shrinking gaming economy. 3. More games of devious quality and originality will be produced from Bioware, ruining their incredible track record of outstandingly polished and story-driven games. (Face it: it's not very difficult or time-consuming to make a lot of money in making FPS games and selling them each year to make a huge profit.... They're clones; they're short and antipodal to much of what attracts fans of Mass Effect) 4. Singleplayer experience will be delivered a death blow, as (inclining toward a previous poster's statement) art is sacrificed for money and (my own personal addendum) mediocrity. 5. Great RPG's will still be produced, perhaps even a quality ME3 (perhaps not so great, given attention to multiplayer that's ruining singleplayer experiences all over). However, the culture of great RPG's WILL diminish if a successful ME multiplayer is made... I really believe it.

Afinati
Afinati

If you even agree with a portion of what I've said, you should be CRITICAL and NOT hopefully optimistic. If you don't, this already growing trend will CERTAINLY continue. If not Mass Effect, other games-in-development... or their sequels will suffer. And, if I had to choose a line for people to stand their ground ... I would hope they'd stand to protect (in my opinion) the greatest game yet made. I'm not usually a person that USES CAPITAL LETTERS ... couldn't resist ... but I've been frusturated over the declining state of RPG's and singleplayer games for a while. For me, the best game EVER (sorry! :)) is Mass Effect 2. Bioware employee! If you're reading this or any other disgruntled post, please stand for us and let us know you're not proposing to sacrifice the quality of your games we've come to rely on as the ABSOLUTE best in RPG-making.

Afinati
Afinati

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XtremeDude09
XtremeDude09

People are forgetting Bioware has done pure shooters before. More importantly, who says a shooter can't have emotional story and characters as well as dialogue trees. Just look at ME 1/2. What I think they have done is decided to split the ME series into this game (Mass Freeze or something) for the shooter fans, and ME3 for the RPG fans.

Champ98
Champ98

Everybody who is whining needs to take their thumbs out of their mouth and make way for change. This has the potential of being a good game. They have not released any definitive info on the game, so don't jump to conclusions about how this is another COD wannabe. Have patience, learn before you comment.

shkar
shkar

I like anything that contains the names: MASS EFFECT and BIOWARE

may_m
may_m

This is something to do with Mass Effect, fact. That rifle is an Incisor from ME2.

radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

@meltrs62 This isn't simply about spinoffs. This is about Bioware itself. Bioware, for me, is about solid RPGs. If they jump on the FPS bandwagon I will have lost a good bit of faith in gaming as a whole - and all faith in Bioware. An FPS is good once in awhile but the amount of drivel that has been churned out recently is just terrible.

meltrs62
meltrs62

@ Shaakal & Coordin Or maybe we actually use our brains and know that spinoff means the game can be of a different genre from the main series. Everybody here that's going "OMG RUINED FOREVER" is a moron. One game that has a different genre is not going to ruin a series.

siarhei
siarhei

To Bioware: No. I repeat, NO COD: Mass Effect! Dumbest idea ever. I will go as far as boycotting ALL EA games if this happens.

Krusnikzero2
Krusnikzero2

I agree that a competitive multiplayer mass effect wouldn't work, but I've always thought Mass Effect would make a decent co-op game. Considering that most of your team members are permutations of playable classes anyway I don't think its too big of a stretch from normal gameplay. And lets not forget that cooperative gameplay is something that bioware has pulled off to huge success in the past, Baldur's Gate anyone?

Coordin
Coordin

@Shaakal yes I completely agree with you

Shaakal
Shaakal

Seems like everyone who answered positively to this idea never played Mass Effect.

ag_04
ag_04

Bioware, please don't experiment with sh*t and stay with solo rpgs.

Coordin
Coordin

and they can't use the argument that there are NO Sci-Fi shooters without multiplayer option look at Halo, look at Killzone, look at Quake don't tell me there aren't any Sci-Fi shooters out there without multiplayer option.

Coordin
Coordin

no thanks I'll pass there are enough 3rd/1st person shooters out on the market with multiplayer we don't need another clone.