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The rumor that Mass Effect 3 will be having multiplayer has been confirmed. It’s been going around the rumor mill for quite some time, the most recent one was a scan of a South African magazine that had the contents of Mass Effect 3’s Collector Edition. The magazine said it had a “multiplayer online pass” in the bundle. An online co-op mode, that is stand alone, will be included in ME3 sources told Eurogamer. So now we can fight along side our friends!
I know I’m excited yet also skeptical of this feature. Mass Effect 3 is one of the most amazing titles out there to this date that was still only single player. Often have I seen a game that was amazing have some sort of multiplayer mode because the fans the developer felt that they needed a multiplayer mode to survive in todays market. With games like Call of Duty and Halo being the monsters that they are, who can blame them? But when a games like Bioshock, Dead Space, and Fable jump on the multiplayer band wagon and dont do their game justice with the multiplayer, I think they should just leave it out and use those work hours to better their game. Sometimes a game is meant only to be single player. What do you think will ME3 be hurt by this addition?
Since Origin’s launch back on June 3rd, 2011, they have reached over 4.2 million users. Dave DeMartini, EA senior vice president of global online, also states that he wouldn’t be surprised if there is a 100 percent increase over the course of the next year. With titles like Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Mass Effect 3 being exclusively sold digitally on Origin it’s definitely possible.
Personally I think it’d be an easy 200 percent if they just changed their EULA. Back in August some Escapist forum dwellers noticed that the EULA had a “Consent to Collection and Use of Data” agreement. It basically states that by installing and using Origin you are giving EA the right to “collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer, operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware.” (quote from Rock, Paper SHOTGUN)
The section 2 part of the EULA in full is as follows:
2. Consent to Collection and Use of Data.
This wouldn’t be that bad if you could opt out of this like there is on Steam. But here’s the kicker, YOU CAN’T! Now they say this is to prevent piracy and it may be, but what does my peripheral hardware have to do with that? Not only that, but I honestly don’t want EA crawling around in my computer.
What do you think? Do you want EA crawling around in your computer?