Yesterday, we posted a story indicating another new rumor based on the multiplayer principle for Mass Effect 3. The article came by way of Australian gaming magazine PC PowerPlay and their cover story for their next issue. It was there that they wrote about the “decision to go multiplayer in the epic battle for the galaxy.”

BioWare, the game’s developer, has now made this rumor official and fully revealed the basic nature of the brand new multiplayer component for their upcoming RPG. When we initially ran the story, we stated our reasons for concern. To lay them out there once again: Mass Effect is perfect as a single player experience, why should we be excited for multiplayer?

Well, as BioWare announced Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War, we actually have a reason to look forward to multiplayer. The bonus content in Mass Effect 3 will stand completely aside from the single player campaign and will feature four player cooperative gameplay. While they don’t exactly explain what this new Galaxy of War content is, they do detail several parts of the co-op portion and their reason for including the feature. Here it is, according to BioWare’s forums:

Join your friends in the all-out galactic war to take Earth back. The universe of Mass Effect expands with the addition of new co-op multiplayer missions, playable over Xbox Live, PSN and PC internet. Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control. Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign, giving players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory against the greatest threat mankind – and the entire galaxy – has ever faced.

That, by itself, reads as if it were written on a piece of promotional copy. However, there’s a brief FAQ in the same post as this official announcement. It’s there that BioWare asks and answers two specific question that actually put all of our fears at ease and make this news positive. Here are both questions and answers:

Why did you decide not to include it as a part of the main campaign?

  • Our priority and focus with Mass Effect 3 has and always will be to deliver a complete and satisfying single player experience.

Does the addition of co-op multiplayer missions impact the scope or quality of the single-player experience?

  • No. A dedicated team from our recently formed BioWare Montreal studio has been focused on creating the multiplayer game features while the main game continued to be developed by the team in BioWare Edmonton. Both teams are integrated under the same leadership group that produced Mass Effect 1 and 2, led by Casey Hudson. BioWare remains dedicated to delivering one of the most amazing single-player campaigns gamers have ever experienced.

Mass Effect 3 from EA and BioWare is due next year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms. We’ll have more on this game, including its new multiplayer content, as it comes.

[via BioWare]