Mass Effect Job Listing by BioWare Confirms Multiplayer for Sequel
Things have been rather quiet lately when it comes to the development of the fourth Mass Effect game, but a recent BioWare job listing confirms that online multiplayer will be incorporated.
Based on Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect 3, we were all expect the fourth Mass Effect title to have some form of online multiplayer. Thanks to a recent Tweet by Chris Wynn, the Senior Development Director of the fourth Mass Effect, we have learned that BioWare is looking for an Online Producer. The Online Producer is expected to oversee, organize and streamline the productivity of the team working on Mass Effect 4's online aspects. This primarily includes multiplayer, but likely includes the delivery of DLC, patches and other online features.
The job description reads as follows:
Online Producer – Mass Effect
The BioWare Label is a division of EA which crafts high quality multiplatform role-playing, MMO and strategy games, focused on emotionally engaging, rich stories with unforgettable characters and vast worlds to discover. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world's most critically acclaimed titles and franchises, including Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. BioWare currently operates in eight locations across the world, including Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and Austin (Texas).
A key responsibility of the Online Producer is to "create and champion the vision of the multi-player, connected experiences and online features of the game which respects the project leadership goals and be accountable for the quality targets and the results achieved."
While this job listing might make it seem like BioWare is still nowhere close to finishing the next Mass Effect, online aspects are usually created and integrated towards the latter end of the development process since they take a backseat compared to the single-player experience.