Mass Effect 3's controversial Galaxy at War multiplayer mode is "very optional" and simply allows players to achieve single-player goals in "a different way".
That's according to Aaryn Flynn, GM at BioWare's Edmonton studio, who recently sat down with CVG and a nearby camera man to discuss Mass Effect 3's online game.
"There was a statement made that the better you do in multiplayer, the better you are at single-player - and I don't think that's right," he said.
"The approach we're taking is that multiplayer is very optional for all of our fans and players. It's a way to achieve certain things in a different way then you could if you did just the single-player campaign."
For more on Galaxy at War read our just-published Mass Effect 3 multiplayer preview.