After numerous rumors, debunks, suggestions, myths and legends over the past year, it's still not really clear if BioWare's Mass Effect 3, out next year on March 6, will feature some form of online play. But hey, it's a random Monday in October, so why don't we start getting our hopes up again?
The latest taunting hint of something beyond the core game's single-player story comes from an advertisement for the game from South African retailer BT Games, posted on the Mass Effect 3 forums (via CVG). Among the contents of the game's Collector's Edition is an "online multiplayer pass." You can already see where this is going.
The ad could simply be making an inaccurate mention of the series' Cerberus Network, which was introduced in Mass Effect 2 as an Online Pass-styled code redemption process that offered players access to free DLC releases. Of course, there's still at least one unrevealed feature to be revealed, coming later this month in the new issue of Xbox World Magazine.
Previous rumors have suggested that the game's multiplayer will take the shape of a four-player cooperative mode built around discrete missions. Nothing has yet been officially confirmed by anyone at BioWare, so it's all speculation at this point. Expect (or maybe just hope) to have some answers later this month.
Source: BioWare forums