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Mass Effect 3 Being Adapted For A "Much Larger Market"

Jonathan Lester
BioWare, Dumbing down, EA, Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 Being Adapted For A "Much Larger Market"

Mass Effect 3 has been delayed until 2012 in order to make sure that it's polished to perfection. Hooray!

It's also apparently going to attempt to appeal to a much wider target audience by changing its mechanics! Hoo...wha? Uh oh.

Speaking at an Investors Q&A session earlier today, EA Boss John Riccitiello stated that BioWare will be "adjusting" Mass Effect 3's mechanics to allow it to appeal to a much wider target audience. Considering that BioWare are already under fire for continually "dumbing down" their games, this could be a serious problem.

One of the things that Ray Muzyuka and the team up in Edmonton have done is essentially step-by-step adjust the gameplay mechanics and some of the features that you'll see at E3 to put this in a genre equivalent to shooter-meets-RPG and essentially address a much larger market opportunity than Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 began to approach.

We're huge believers in the IP and are purposefully shifting it to address a larger market opportunity.

Great, John. That's fine. Just make sure that it still caters for the RPG market and existing Mass Effect fans after its alterations, please. We don't need another third person shooter.

We fervently hope that our paranoia is unjustified, and that the net result will be an action RPG that everyone can enjoy. BioWare have promised more depth and customisation options compared with Mass Effect 2, so with any luck our fears will be completely unfounded. [via EG]

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Phil  May. 5, 2011 at 12:44

I'm getting scared now. Preorder ME2 (first ever preorder in fact) based on strength of ME. Now thinking I won't be preordering ME3...

Paul Andrews  May. 5, 2011 at 13:09

Here we go again - how are the mighty fallen.

Chris  May. 5, 2011 at 13:20

Yep this sounds very VERY ominous

Lombear  May. 5, 2011 at 13:34

Eeeew that sounds bad - Extra polish yes but wider market can only mean sacrifices - worrying :(

Felix Kemp  May. 5, 2011 at 13:51

I'm almost certain this means multiplayer in Mass Effect 3

Steve  May. 5, 2011 at 15:40

I thought it had been confirmed that multiplayer wasn't happening? Anyway, Mass Effect MP could actually be quite good if they turn it into a Team Fortress-style class-based affair and get the balancing right. But this absolutely must not come at the expense of the SP experience

Jonathan Lester  May. 5, 2011 at 17:08

Yes, BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 3 won't have any multiplayer - but announcements can be fluid when they're made in the middle of a dev cycle.


Personally I'd like to see a standalone multiplayer title that allows players to import their own Mass Effect character save data.


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