Bioware has revealed that Dragon Age Inquisition will have a cooperative multiplayer mode which exists separately from the single player campaign. The mode is a four player co-op mode that has players making their way through dungeons, fighting bosses, and grabbing tons of loot.
I know the default position on something like is sure to be somewhere between rage and dismissal for many given the potent combination of factors: Bioware, EA, multiplayer being introduced in a traditionally single player series, and a recent delay. I however, am choosing to be optimistic.
For one, many lost their shit when it was announced that Mass Effect 3 would have a cooperative mode, but that turned out to be one of my and many others favorite multiplayer games the year it came out. I also don't think the often trotted out implication that the addition of multiplayer will somehow adversely affect the single player has ever held any water. Looking at games such as Tomb Raider, Spec Ops: The Line, and Far Cry 3, all of which had what many would describe as needless and tacked on multiplayer, though the multiplayer was not really worth engaging with in each of these games, it was entirely avoidable and didn't at all diminish what I consider to be three excellent single player games.
Putting those factors aside, I think just looking at Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer alone there is a lot that seems potentially cool. The class and role structure within the party oriented combat of Dragon Age is ideally suited for cooperative play. Things like abilities combinations present some interesting opportunities for cooperation, and the MMO role trinity is pretty much already in place. I think the idea of a Diablo-like dungeon crawling, loot driven experience with the added tactical elements of Dragon Age could be really amazing, and I think adding this persistent online mode in addition to the reported 200 hours of single player content makes Dragon Age Inquisition a pretty enticing package.
What do you guys think? Do you think Dragon Age can work in a multiplayer environment or would you rather the game remain single player only?