Mass Effect 4 hasn't received much news surrounding a trailer or a release date for the Xbox One and PS4 for quite a while. Bioware are hard at work on ME4 and are taking inspiration from their own past. But if they made it an MMO like Star Wars The Old Republic, would you play it?
Bioware has already maintained that Mass Effect 4 will be built off the back of the Dragon Age: Inquisition system. There are a great many things that Mass Effect 4 could feature from this exceptional title, check out this article here to find out more about it! But what if ME4 took inspiration from Bioware's MMO Star Wars The Old Republic? Would it be a further betrayal for fans?
Mass Effect 4 & Star Wars The Old Republic
I'm always fascinated by fan's reactions to multiplayer, what are people's general reactions to it? Studios are continuing to push the multiplayer format. They make more money in the long run and they can keep fans playing for years to come as they continue to release DLC. The totally singleplayer experience may become a thing of the past and I'm interested to know how gamers feel about this progression.
Valve has already spoken out against the singleplayer format and how Portal 3 may have been their last singlepayer game (check out more on this and Half-Life 3 here).
Mass Effect is one of the greatest franchises in gaming history, being heralded as the Star Wars of our generation. Its singleplayer campaign brought us to worlds we had never dreamt of and gave us races and characters we will remember for years to come.
But if Mass Effect 4 arrived, and we saw that EA pushed to have the game as an MMO like Star Wars The Old Republic, how would players feel about that? Imagine a game where we can all select our own alien races (or human race) and travel around Bioware's galaxy. We could run into different players on every planet, all on their own separate missions.
Bioware have shown before that they know how to make a great online space adventure, but would this idea attract fans if it was attached to the Mass Effect universe? I for one love the sound of being able to run into a Turian player way off in this new galaxy and complete missions together...but, that being said...that's not really what Mass Effect was about.
Mass Effect gave us the opportunity to be the sole hero in the galaxy. It explored mankind's expansion into the universe, and how we can make our own stance in a galaxy filled with scepticism towards our own abilities. Having made a name for ourselves now with Shepard, would it work to enter a new galaxy as something like (dare I say it) a guardian in Destiny?
I feel this would dilute the experience of being the one true hero (or villain) in this galaxy. An MMO always gives you the sense that you are doing the same things as everyone else, and Mass Effect was really about its story and characters, rather than just carrying out boring missions that everyone else is doing.
Its core was about how we alone interacted with the world and shaped it how we liked (aside from ME3's ending). Would an MMO ruin this experience for you as a Mass Effect fan? Let us know in the comments!
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