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(UPDATED) Mass Effect 2 almost had multiplayer, ME4 release window revealed

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UPDATE: The following information was confirmed to be false after GamerSyndrome investigated the interview and found out it was a fake. In other words, it’s all made up nonsense. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

In a recent interview with GamerSyndrome, Bioware revealed many interesting details regarding the Mass Effect franchise, such as the release window for the upcoming Mass Effect 4 and some scrapped elements from Mass Effect 2 and 3.

Firstly, the developer stated that the idea for Mass Effect 3‘s multiplayer actually sparked during development of Mass Effect 2, wherein the team wanted to incorporate it into that game.

We had actually wanted to do multiplayer in Mass Effect 2. We started working on it and found out that it was just going to be too much, so we had to take it out of Mass Effect 2 and put it into [Mass Effect]3. As far as the style it had, like I said we wanted it to be different from other games.  It needed to have something that drew people into playing multiplayer over and over again. It had to be something that looked and felt like playing a mission in Mass Effect, except you had 3 other players from around the world with you. This style of multiplayer was something we wanted to do since Mass Effect 2.

The release window for Mass Effect 4 was also revealed, and Bioware stated that more information is coming in 2013.

Late 2014 to Mid 2015. I honestly can’t tell you an exact because full development on the game started a month or two ago.

You’ll hear more about the new Mass Effect game [next year] in 2013.

A few scrapped ideas for Mass Effect 3 were presented, such as an alternate ending with a final boss fight against a ‘reaperfied’ Illusive Man.

One of the mission ideas that got scrapped was actually going onto Palaven, the turian home world, and being able to see what their world was like. We also scrapped the original ending for Mass Effect 3. We were gonna have it as a “boss battle”, where Commander Shepard would go up and fight The Illusive Man who has been transformed by The Reapers. We scrapped that idea because way too many [games] have that as their ending, some final boss fight. Ultimately, we are proud of the finished products in the Mass Effect series and stand by them.

Finally, they stated that Mass Effect Trilogy could have a possible release on Wii U in the near future.

As we like to tell people on Twitter, “Never Say Never.” The same can be said about the Mass Effect Trilogy for Wii U. Never Say Never :)

What are your thoughts on this info, single-players? Was Mass Effect 2 better off for not diverging resources into multiplayer? Would you have liked to see some of those scrapped Mass Effect 3 ideas? Let us know, and stay tuned for more news on the Mass Effect franchise.

Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@www.onlysp.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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Persona 5 Royal Releases Early Next Year

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Persona 5 Royal

Atlus USA has announced the western release date for Persona 5 Royal.

During the Atlus Art Show in Los Angeles, artist Shigenori Soejima discussed his work on both the Persona and Catherine series. Additionally, Atlus presented a short trailer with the release date of (the northern hemisphere’s) spring 2020 at the end. That means the game should launch at some point between March and May next year.

Persona 5 originally came out in western territories on April 4, 2017 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Persona 5 Royal will be an enhanced re-release with new content, including new scenarios, attacks, and music.

Persona 5 Royal will release on October 31 in Japan and Spring 2020 in the west for PlayStation 4.

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