Now that a suitable amount of time has passed for players to get over the shock that Mass Effect 3 will include a multiplayer-driven survival mode, more questions are surfacing. Fortunately for us, BioWare wants to answer them. A newly posted Q&A with ME3 producer Jesse Houston on the BioWare Blog doesn't reveal all, but you'll still want to give it a look.
The most newsworthy item is probably the fact that Mass Effect 3 won't support either split-screen or LAN play for local multiplayer. Houston adds that "it is definitely on the table as something we might add," so let your hope spring eternal. It's hardly a dealbreaker for this sort of game though.
Among the other revelations: no Kinect features in multiplayer and PC versions of the game will require an Internet connection "when you initially launch and authorize it." The Kinect news probably doesn't come as a surprise, since its use in the single player game is built around handing out squad commands. Since you're playing with a human squad in multiplayer, the Kinect isn't really called for.
Houston also drops a hint about the multiplayer mode's character creation process when asked if players will be able to play as the Geth. He neither confirms nor denies that, saying instead that "there will be a lot of interesting races that you may not expect to be able to play as because they wouldn’t normally be looked upon as characters who are for the fight normally. That said we’ll be releasing more and more characters through DLC later."