In our starved-for-traffic news cycle, here's another head-scratching chart-topping no-brainer: Mass Effect as a massively multiplayer online game, because according to BioWare, it "makes sense." (Well there's my top pick for "understatement of the week.")
Mass Effect 3 won't feature a multiplayer component (you know, like Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 before it) but that hasn't stopped BioWare from contemplating the possibility of an online version eventually.
"Part of what you're trying to do is save the universe so you can live in it," said Hudson to Game Informer. "That's part of the promise, I think, for any great IP. It has to be a world worth saving."
Hudson thinks Mass Effect already has the back material to foster sprawling online play, adding that "[living] on the Citadel or just [taking] a ship to Omega...makes sense."
You know, after you--as Hudson puts it--"get rid of the Reapers" (um, spoiler?) and "win."
While Hudson claims the company hasn't yet figured out how to do it, he admits "multiplayer is something we want to do more of in the future as a company."
Let's hope that same company figures out how to tell better stories, too--ones that don't involve clichéd drug abuse story lines, clichéd interspecies tension, clichéd start-stop talking-head storytelling, and those not so much clichéd as cringeworthy sequences during which awkward avatars grope each other in mock sex poses like clumsy puppets.