Mass Effect 3 sports multiplayer for the very first time in the franchise's history. But did you know this fresh idea was once very different?
In an illuminating behind-the-scenes feature app called "The Final Hours Of Mass Effect 3," BioWare boss Ray Muzyka and executive producer Casey Hudson spoke about how the team had considered a very different direction for the online multiplayer component.
The experiment was known as "Mass Effect Team Assault" and was most definitely a first-person shooter. Check it out:
"The goal was simple: to 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. Played from the first-person perspective, players would battle on foot and drive vehicles like the Mako and Hammerhead hovercraft."
The app in question even includes prototype footage of the game, and it apparently looks a lot like Halo . But eventually, this standalone FPS multiplayer idea was put on the back burner, and "the Montreal team began working on a co-op multiplayer game that would use the same engine, characters, and gameplay style as the single-player game." Well, the fans have been annoyed at the ending…can you imagine how the hardcore fans might've reacted to an online multiplayer FPS in the Mass Effect universe?
Maybe they would've really liked it, though.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3