There is a lot of fear out there on the Internet that the newly-announced multiplayer component of Mass Effect 3 will take away from the single player experience. Hell, we had those same concerns when the mode was announced. Over the last few weeks, the situation hasn’t exactly been helped due to mixed signals being thrown out there by various members of the BioWare team, some even going on record saying that you’ll achieve a better ending if you play multiplayer in Mass Effect 3.
To set the record straight, BioWare Edmonton’s general manager, Aaryn Flynn, talked to CVG recently and confirmed that multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 is a completely optional experience. You can commit solely to the game’s single player campaign and get the best possible ending, but if you want to dabble in multiplayer, that offers another means to the same end. The player is in complete control over how he wants to experience a galaxy consumed by war — solo or with real people online.
“There was a statement made that the better you do in multiplayer, the better you are at single-player – and I don’t think that’s right,” explained Flynn.
“The approach we’re taking is that multiplayer is very optional for all of our fans and players. It’s a way to achieve certain things in a different way then you could if you did just the single-player campaign.”
So, lower the pitchforks and torches, folks. Everything will be alright. Instead of worrying whether you need to play multiplayer or not, let’s instead focus our attention on if multiplayer is actually soundly made. We'll know that answer when the game ships in March of 2012.
And if you want to watch the rest of the CVG interview with Flynn, I’ve embedded it below.