Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Started Life As A First Person Shooter
Giving credence to speculation that the development of Mass Effect 3 was somewhat schizophrenic, more news has leaked showing that as flawed as this almost perfect game might be, it could have been far, far worse. How worse? Imagine the Call of Duty… in SPAAAAAACE.
Yes folks, once upon a time, BioWare – well, let’s be honest, at EA’s behest – was working on a Mass Effect first person shooter. That disturbing but not so shocking fact comes courtesy of The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3, an app put up by Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley, (available on iTunes), that offers interviews with key Mass Effect 3 personnel, and a glimpse into the development of the game itself. As it turns out, what was eventually turned into Mass Effect 3′s multiplayer was originally going to be a stand-alone First Person Shooter set in the ME universe. Supposedly, the goal was “io create a standalone multiplayer experience in the Mass Effect universe that would mix the play styles of Unreal Tournament and Battlefield 1943 — and likely be released as a downloadable game.”
When the multiplayer was first announced, I was horrified; multiplayer, even co-op, isn’t really something players actually want from Mass Effect 3. But now I realize it could have been far, far worse. Clearly, there were a lot of weird decisions made during the production of Mass Effect 3 – most of them having to do with the end – but it looks like the Co-op multiplayer was a game-saving compromise. I shudder to think of a world where Black Ops: Zombies is interchangeable with Reaper husks.
Here are a few other images from the app, courtesy of Kotaku: