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BioWare Reveals More Mass Effect 3 Co-Op Info

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Jonathan Lester
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BioWare Reveals More Mass Effect 3 Co-Op Info

No Local, New Races, DLC, Sunset Plan, DRM

BioWare producer Jesse Houston has loosed a huge batch of info (both old and new) about Mass Effect 3's cooperative suite in a recent Q&A session. There's plenty to sift through for interested fans, but we've done our best to smush the pertinent new details into a convenient roundup. Expect the unexpected... and PC DRM that requires a one-off internet connection to activate. Full details below.

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New BioWare Project Teased With Screenshot

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, Screenshot, Teaser, VGA

New BioWare Project Teased With Screenshot

BioWare is set to reveal a new project at this year's VGA ceremony from a newly-christened internal studio. Naturally, our first instincts (or vain hope) were slanted towards a Jade Empire sequel, but a new leaked screenshot from Game Informer seems to put paid to that idea.

So, we're open to ideas. Vehicular combat in a post-apocalyptic desert setting? Please tell me that this isn't Mass Effect Kartz. We'll know for sure after the VGAs air on December 10th.

Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition | £14.99 | Amazon | Xbox 360 & PS3

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Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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BioWare, Electronic Arts, Games deals, PS3 games, RPG, Xbox 360 games
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Dragon Age: Origins | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition | £14.99 | Amazon | Xbox 360 & PS3

Dragon Age: Origins is full of brilliant characters, which is just one of the reasons that it's an awesome little RPG. It's also packed to the brim with gore, so you can expect to spill a bit of blood during combat. Getting the Ultimate Edition'll reward you with the Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening expansion pack, along with some other bits of DLC. Amazon are parting with Xbox 360 and PS3 copies of the game for £14.99, which'll save you about £3 on both versions. Thanks to bobcsg @ HUKD.

Bioware: Maxing Out PS3 & 360 Lets Us "Iterate On Gameplay"

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Felix Kemp
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BioWare, Mass Effect 3, PS3, Xbox 360

Bioware: Maxing Out PS3 & 360 Lets Us "Iterate On Gameplay"

Can Focus On Fun Over Form

What with DICE recently calling in to question the current console's visual heft, we've wondered how long we've left of the PS3 and 360's life-cycle. With most developers chomping at the bit to wrangle some new hardware - whether the Wii U can slake that particular thirst is still inconclusive - we fear our beloved Microsoft and Sony boxes may be nearing their ultimate end. However, according to Mass Effect and Dragon Age studio, Bioware, maxing out the PS3 and 360 isn't a bad thing. In fact, it has allowed the developers to "iterate on gameplay" to ensure the likes of Mass Effect 3 are the best the studio can deliver.

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Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Hands-On Preview | Saving The Galaxy One Horde At A Time

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Mass Effect 3 | PC | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Hands-On Preview | Saving The Galaxy One Horde At A Time

Like it or not, multiplayer is headed to the Mass Effect franchise in a big way. Mass Effect 3 will ship with a host of horde-style arenas that allow players to cooperate and collaborate away from the Shephard's heroic final campaign against the extragalactic menace. Eager to learn about what this exciting and controversial feature will offer, I sat down with a team of fellow hacks and got stuck in.

Eventually, that is. Before we started, our BioWare guide took great pains to reiterate that the multiplayer portion will only be an optional part of the proceedings, and will only affect the singleplayer campaign if you want it to. So in fairness, I should probably do the same before we crack on. Your multiplayer characters stand alone from the main campaign (no story characters or cameos, I'm afraid), and earn persistent experience that can be spent on more powerful skills, weapons and biotics for use solely in the online arena. However, the solo story involves preparing the galaxy for war against the Reapers, and hinges around a Readiness gauge that gradually increases as you complete missions. You can level it up to 100% completion and get the best ending without ever having to play a single multiplayer round, but at any stage, you can optionally convert your levelled multiplayer character into a corresponding amount of readiness. If you've reached 95% in singleplayer and want that extra boost, the online suite is on hand and provides a new way of cutting out the grind. What's more, it will grant us priceless peace of mind; knowing that it's impossible to screw up the galaxy beyond eventual repair.

Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Hands-On Preview | Saving The Galaxy One Horde At A Time

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Mass Effect 3 Demo & Beta Scheduled For January

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Jonathan Lester
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Mass Effect 3 Demo & Beta Scheduled For January

BioWare has tweeted that a Mass Effect 3 singleplayer demo and multiplayer early access beta will be hitting the unsuspecting galaxy in January 2012. Firm dates will be finalised next month, but for now, be aware that  owners of Battlefield 3 (and the Online Pass if you don't buy it on Origin, natch), will automatically gain early access to the Mass Effect 3 demo via their EA Account. Apparently an online tool will soon be available to check your eligibility.

I may or may not have tried out the multiplayer - and may or may not be able to tell you about it in six days' time. Embargoes are fun.

New In-Game Trailer For Star Wars: The Old Republic Released

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Carl Phillips
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Star Wars: The Old Republic

New In-Game Trailer For Star Wars: The Old Republic Released

European Release Date Brought Forward

New York Comic Con in now in full flow, and last night developers from Bioware Texas took to the stage for a Q&A session to reveal some new information about the upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as premiere a new in-game trailer.

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More Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Details Spill Out

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Felix Kemp
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More Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Details Spill Out

Progress Can Be Viewed On iOS, Facebook

Following on from Bioware's statement yesterday regarding the recent Mass Effect 3 multiplayer announcement, further light has been shed on the controversial mode in a preview snagged from OXM. Bioware saw Mass Effect 3 as the perfect chance to introduce multiplayer, although the team had been planning its inclusion since the first game. Pitting four players against ferocious waves of Cerberus forces, Mass Effect 3's multiplayer allows you to pick from a variety of races and classes, from Krogans to Drell.

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BioWare Details Mass Effect 3 Online Co-Op

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Jonathan Lester
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BioWare Details Mass Effect 3 Online Co-Op

Galaxy At War Includes Co-Op And "Other Interfaces"

After confirming that Mass Effect 3 will feature cooperative missions in the wake of yesterday's magazine reveal, BioWare has gone one step further and detailed how it will work. The Galaxy At War system stands alone from the singleplayer campaign - but completing cooperative missions will increase your "Galactic Readiness" level. You'll also be glad to know that it hasn't impacted on development in any negative way. At all. So there. Full details after the jump.

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Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed

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Jonathan Lester
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Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Confirmed

A picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words... and this one is taken from the front cover of Australian magazine PC Powerplay.

"That’s right – Mass Effect 3 is getting multiplayer! We travel to BioWare’s office in Edmonton for hands-on time with the series’ first foray into online gameplay, and chat with Mass Effect Series Producer and Mass Effect 3 Project Director Casey Hudson about the decision to go multiplayer in the epic battle for the galaxy."

So there. Unless the reveal is a big fat hoax - which is very unlikely - Mass Effect 3 multiplayer is definitely happening. We'll bring you more as we hear it.

Have Some Dragon Age II: Mark Of The Assassin Screenshots

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Matt Gardner
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News
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BioWare, DLC, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin, EA, RPGs
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Dragon Age II

Whilst we might not have been over the moon with joy at Dragon Age II, we're not churlish enough to think that there aren't some people out there eager to continue Hawke's adventuring with some tasty DLC. To those people we say 'Huzzah' and 'Congratulations!', for they have infinitely more patience and a greater capacity for overlooking faults than we do. Oh, and we have three newly released screenshots for you.

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Bioware Still Has "Huge Autonomy"

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Felix Kemp
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BioWare, EA Games, Mass Effect 3

Bioware Still Has "Huge Autonomy"

Despite Their EA Overseers

When EA purchased VG Holdings in 2007, the internet suffered what approximated a minor bout of cardiac arrest. You see, VG Holdings owned Bioware, who in turn had provided videogame fans with years of quality service, from Baldur's Gate to Star Wars and more recently Dragon Age and Mass Effect. EA now determined Bioware's direction, and this frightened us all. Dragon Age 2's substandard quality did nothing to assuage fears, but Bioware insists they still operate with "huge autonomy".

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RUMOUR: Mass Effect 3 To Feature Multiplayer?

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Matt Gardner
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RUMOUR: Mass Effect 3 To Feature Multiplayer?

With Xbox World promising to deliver a reveal of Mass Effect 3's 'killer new feature' in their October edition, a South African retailer has published an advertisement for the Collector's Edition that mentions the dreaded phrase 'online multiplayer pass'. Could this mean that multiplayer is coming to the final chapter in Commander Shepard's tale?

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BioWare Hint At Mass Effect MMO Possibility: 'You Never Know'

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Matt Gardner
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BioWare Hint At Mass Effect MMO Possibility: 'You Never Know'

BioWare's Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have hinted at the possibility of a Mass Effect MMO in the future, refusing to rule anything out.

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BioWare Reiterate That Fan Reaction To Dragon Age II Caught Them 'Off-Guard'

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Matt Gardner
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BioWare Reiterate That Fan Reaction To Dragon Age II Caught Them 'Off-Guard'

The party line appears again. Dr. Ray has spoken to Xbox World, with BioWare admitting once again that they were rather taken by surprise by the polarised reaction to Dragon Age II.

'Our goal is to take all the feedback we get on any of our franchises and use it to make the next game in the franchise better,' said co-founder Muzyka. 'Dragon Age 2 was incredibly polarising and it caught us off-guard, honestly. It appealed to a new fanbase and we were delighted by that, but we've heard fans who wanted more of the Origins experience. We have to take all that feedback and find a way to marry those together, so we can bring everyone on the journey with us.'

We weren't especially happy with Dragon Age II and we can't help but feel that, considering BioWare made a big show of removing cookie-cutter levels for Mass Effect 2, sticking them back in for their high fantasy sequel and hoping no-one would notice was a bit naive.

Unless, of course, they were rushed. But I'm sure a lovely cuddly corporation like EA would never dream of doing something like that. [via CVG]

 

Star Wars The Old Republic Early Access Detailed

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Felix Kemp
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Star Wars The Old Republic Early Access Detailed

Pre-Order, Redeem Code, Play Game Early

Having finally been dated, Bioware has outlined plans to reward fans who pre-order Star Wars The Old Republic with access to the game ahead of its December 22nd release date. So, pre-order Star Wars The Old Republic as soon as possible, redeem the supplied code, and at an unspecified date before late December you'll be able to download the game client and play it ahead of schedule.

However, there's a catch. Bioware have yet to nail down a date for Early Game Access, but have advised they'll be treating the matter on a first come, first served basis. So hurry! Furthermore, not everyone will be able to enjoy Early Game Access, as Bioware will be managing player-counts and server stress very carefully ahead of launch to ensure the current build is capable enough of supporting such a sudden influx of players. We'll keep you posted. [Bioware]

Achievements Confirmed For Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Achievements Confirmed For Star Wars: The Old Republic

Some few them as ways to augment and prolong a gaming experience. Some believe that they are everything that's wrong with gaming today. Well, love them or hate them, Achievements are here to stay and now BioWare have confirmed that they'll be popping up in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Achievements have made ship in fact. They're not going to be the achievements, the crazy achievements that you have to place everywhere, that are like, "Hey if you drink 6 beers and fart in a cantina," those are not going the achievements to go in. Version 1 of the achievement system which go in, which is actually doing big, heroic stuff, because there's a ton of great optional content in The Old Republic, like, "Hey, I went to every world and kicked the world boss's ass." Those kinds of achievements. That's going to be the level one system. People need reasons to go back to planets and run around and do that other stuff, so that will come second. The first system is, "Hey, here's my bragging rights, here's the bad ass stuff I did in-game." Daniel Erickson, BioWare. [DarthHater]

We're all for it, and itching to play the full thing since BioWare announced a December release date. Better upgrade the rig before then! [via Joystiq]

BioWare: 'This Is The Most Exciting Time To Be In The Industry, Ever.'

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Matt Gardner
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BioWare: 'This Is The Most Exciting Time To Be In The Industry, Ever.'

BioWare's Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka have stated that developers must be adaptable in today's enivronments if they are to survive, but that such a state of affairs is no bad thing, rather that 'this is the most exciting time to be in the industry, ever.'

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the creative heads asserted that flexibility in evolution had been key for the company. 'If we weren't adaptable we'd be dead,' said Zeschuk. 'Like right now you will die if you're not adaptable.'

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Bioware: Bethesda "Ten Years Ahead"

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Bethesda Softworks, BioWare, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bioware: Bethesda "Ten Years Ahead"

"Unbelievably Good At Creating A Sense Of Place"

Who's the better Western RPG developer; Bioware, or Bethesda? It's a great debate, and both have their particular merits. The former, for example, has made leaps and bounds in virtual storytelling and presentation. While the latter, on the other hand, has essentially patented the sprawling open-world template. In recent years, Bioware has fallen a little out of favor with RPG fans, whereas Bethesda's brand strength solidifies with each passing year. Even Bioware appear to be aware of this, with co-founder Greg Zeschuk admitting Bethesda were "ten years ahead" in certain areas.

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Bioware "Looking To Deploy" Jade Empire

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Felix Kemp
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News
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BioWare, Jade Empire

Bioware "Looking To Deploy" Jade Empire

Mulling Ideas

Allow me to indulge in a passage of considerably poor journalism, please? I loved Jade Empire. It was really good. I much enjoyed. Whereas last generation, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic won most of the plaudits, I feel Jade Empire was the true testament of Bioware's once unparallelled mastery of the RPG genre. We've long hoped for a sequel, replete with next-generation features like Bioware's advances in facial animation tech, but it's been almost half a decade, and we've heard little to nothing. Until now, that is. Speaking at Eurogamer Expo, Bioware's co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk revealed the developer is  "looking for the right way to deploy it".

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