Mass Effect 3 co-op multiplayer confirmed [Update]

BioWare won't really be able to tip-toe around this one. Australian magazine PC Powerplay has revealed its next issue's cover, and it proudly touts "Multiplayer comes to Mass Effect 3--Fight alongside your friends as the galaxy goes to war!" The RPG studio has been incredibly coy about a multiplayer expansion to the popular Mass Effect franchise, offering non-denials like "we're exploring multiplayer in all of our games and all of our franchises." An online multiplayer pass was discovered for the game one week ago. "That’s right - Mass Effect 3 is getting multiplayer!," the magazine teases (via Eurogamer). "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." OXM is also promising "exclusive" details on the game's multiplayer mode.

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One rumor pegs the multiplayer offering as a standalone co-op mode, with Horde-inspired battles. Update: Casey Hudson, executive producer of the Mass Effect series, confirms the addition of co-op, promising "they're real, and they're spectacular. Rest assured it's nothing of what you've feared." Mass Effect 3 will be available on March 6th, 2012.