BioWare Comments on the Concept of a Mass Effect MMO

In a recent interview with Penny-Arcade, Bioware founders, Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, talked a bit about the possibility of a Mass Effect MMO. This isn’t the first time they’ve mentioned expanding the Mass Effect universe beyond a single-player RRG, and after the successful launch of SWTOR, it seems likely that one day we’ll in fact see a Mass Effect MMO.

When asking Dr. Zeschuk about the fan rumors for a Mass Effect MMO, Zeschuk stated:

“It’s daunting, but the neat thing is it would lend itself to a different type of game play. It’s fun to think about. I imagine people think it would be just like Mass Effect as it is… but there’s lots of people there. It’s really interesting, I don’t know. It’s a tough one.”

Dr. Muzyka continued stating:

“The possibility space, that’s a term that I heard Will Wright say about ten years ago, and it really struck me,”

 “When you deliver a game, and you deliver it for a player, you have to capture what they think is the possibility space. You need to let them do everything they think they should do, and you can’t block them from doing anything they think they should be able to do. You have to nail all the features and content that should be in that possibility space.“ 

“Mass Effect is a big possibility space.”

No doubt a Mass Effect MMO hinges on just how well SWTOR holds up over the next year or so, and if it does, then I have no doubt we’ll be seeing this game in another decade or so.


  1. I haven’t played any of the Mass Effect series games, so I don’t have much background to run off of, but from what I know of it – it’s a very single-player, story-driven experience.

    It’d be like a Starcraft MMO. The story isn’t hugely built for it. They’d need to learn from SWTOR how to have more of an MMO feel on a single-player experience.

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