BioWare: Next Mass Effect will appeal to longtime fans and newcomers

Developer talks accessibility for upcoming game, says "no reason to believe" multiple gender options and GLBTI-inclusive stories won't return.

The next Mass Effect game will appeal to seasoned fans and newcomers alike, developer BioWare has said.

Speaking on Twitter (via VG247), BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy said it is "too soon to say" if the Mass Effect Genesis system would return for the new game.

"But we'll be sure to be friendly both to old fans and to newcomers," Roy said.

Roy also responded to a question regarding whether or not the new Mass Effect game will retain the franchise's open-mindedness when it comes to gender options and GLBTI-inclusive stories.

"There is no reason to believe otherwise at this point, don't worry!" Roy said.

BioWare announced the next Mass Effect game last September. It will not feature Commander Shepard, as his story came to a close in last year's Mass Effect 3.

The untitled game will run on the Frostbite 3 engine and, according to executive producer Casey Hudson, will be "fresh and new."

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SkySage7
SkySage7

Blah blah blah blah blah.


As long as there is EA involved, you can be 100% sure the game will be way below average. Didn't buy ME3, not buying ME4.

shnelle
shnelle

They don't have many 'old fans' left so this shouldn't be hard.

peterhughes1994
peterhughes1994

I am looking forward to seeing what they will do with this mayby they will allow you to choose you race and stuff, if not i will have to get XCOM: Declassifed looks like mass effect but with much better squad based gameplay and combat

Bloodspectre
Bloodspectre

I still can't really figure out how BioWare can successfully put out a sequel to ME3 story-wise, considering how vastly different the galaxy's fate is between each of the endings. The only way I could see it happening is if they canonized one of the endings... and we all know just how well THAT will go over with the fans. 

(Also, "longtime fans and newcomers?" Doesn't that essentially cover every single gamer?)

NaughtyNate64
NaughtyNate64

Why not just title this article:  "Next Mass Effect Will Be Aimed at Things With Opposable Thumbs"?

gr8scott
gr8scott

Bioware/EA butchered most of ME3 and now this new Mass Effect without Shepard?  I'm not saying it's gonna bomb, but I just don't see the game living up to the first two ME games.  The quality from Bioware hasn't been the quality we once got from them since DA2, SWTOR, and ME3.


I remember when Bioware made great "RPG GAMES".  I stress that "RPG GAMES" and not a 3rd person shooter with a little RPG elements.  The first ME was a RPG first and a shooter second; which was very successful.

Anyone remember those games like Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, KOTOR, Jade Empire, and Mass Effect before EA?  Those "RPG GAMES"?  Where are those now?  If they want to appeal to longtime fans, like most of us, they need to get back to their roots.  What Bioware excelled at that no other gaming company at the time did: RPG and story.  However, with the direction they are heading in now, it doesn't seem likely.

42316
42316

Sweet!! keen to see more of this! Hoping to get a bit more RPG in my RPG/TPS hybrid hahaha....Hoping that they keep that ME quality coming!! :)

noandno
noandno

"Fresh and New"

Yeah. Just like CoD, right?

Uangry
Uangry

They tried the same thing with Dead Space 3. They ended up killing the horror so now they will probably kill roleplaying. Another shooter, just what we need!

bob3terd
bob3terd

Its not really aiming if your intending to hit everything

wowgrandpa
wowgrandpa

this has the potential to be dragon age 2 all over again. the choice of voice actors is crucial. they have to nail it. dragon age 2 was horrible in this department (among many other departments)

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

This "fans and newcomers alike" PR talk is such an old and tired cliche that practically reassures that "we'll dumb it down just enough to bring in shooter fans but not chase away RPG fans".

Sorry Bioware but you already alienated RPG fans back in ME2, you might want to reconsider who's currently your fanbase: Shooter players or RPG players.

faizanhd
faizanhd

I wonder what Mass Effect will look like on Frostbite 3 ? The original Mass Effect trilogy kinda had stiff physics and repetitive facial expressions. 

blood_hazard
blood_hazard

planet scanning .......

they included it mas effect 2, which was quite frustrating

what is good about it?

Kondix
Kondix

And Planet scanning... without it the game would not be the same...


They can erase dialog options... but not planet scanning!

<This is a joke of course>

blood_hazard
blood_hazard

I hope that star map whill be included........

its the best thing about MASS EFFECT


tightwad34
tightwad34

O.K. Should I have expected them to say our game will only appeal to hardcore fans and the rest won't like it? WTF is this BS article?

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

I'm beginning to cringe at the word "accessibility". Usually it means nothing but shallow, derivative experiences easily found elsewhere. 

isshiah
isshiah

Big news! Bioware answers questions with "maybe", gamers respond with "Lies!".


Having said that, I expect them to learn from the public reaction and create a better DA3 and ME4 for us fans. If anyone chooses not to forgive them, that's their choice. I, however, still love the lore and expect great things...maker willing.

Rohan233
Rohan233

Hopefully it's a sequel, I hate prequels

manoogian
manoogian

i'd prefer a mute character over the lamest of lame john shepard

Dasim64
Dasim64

All this means is that they'll continue watering it down to appeal to the broadest audience possible. EA is the worst company in gaming for doing this sort of thing. I hate what they do with every series they manage. 

erMonezza
erMonezza

"fresh and new"

ahahahahaha... Most used words for any game publisher. 

magnetite2
magnetite2

@Bloodspectre 

Maybe people should decide for themselves which ending is best for them? Forget trying to canonize anything.

I personally don't need Bioware to make my decisions for me on which ending is best, because I can think for myself. I can decide for myself which ending is best for me based off the information in the game. 

jameson425
jameson425

@Bloodspectre There is no sequel to ME3, this is an entirely new game with no Commander Shepard... What article did you read?

jameson425
jameson425

@gr8scott You mean when "EA" bought out Bio-ware it went to shit. Bio-ware doesn't suck its the jackasses at EA. Mass Effect 1+2 were strictly Bio-ware and the 3rd was EA/Bio-ware so you do the math...

Cybersonix
Cybersonix

@gr8scott You do realize that Jade Empire was as much of an RPG as Mass effect 2 or 3, right? I would say that Mass Effect 2 and 3 had more customization and variety than Jade Empire. 

Yes, Dragon Age 2 was shit. But other than that Bioware hasn't really dropped in quality.

zinten
zinten

@Ultramarinus The  last games in the me franchise were already super simple, how dumb do they need their game to be until most rpg fans leave the shop when they figure out that their games are closer to shooter than rpg ?

michaelrjohnson
michaelrjohnson

@pdfanboy Well if the game is amazing then your loss.  I could honestly care less who publishes the game.  If it is good, then that is a rare and amazing thing.

sumukh3
sumukh3

@Vari3ty "Accessibility" in this article most probably means it will not be a direct sequel / prequel and will be accessible to both old fans and newcomers TO THE FRANCHISE (not new to gaming). Stop being so negative and leaving generic comments that we see on every other news article.

K-A_L-A_D-U_R
K-A_L-A_D-U_R

@jameson425 @Bloodspectre What post did you read? he said fuck all about Shepard, read it again. His point is the entire GALAXY is now different depending on what choice you made at the end of ME3 and therefore presents the devs with a problem. Unless it's gonna be a prequel of course...and we all know how well those turn out don't we?

gr8scott
gr8scott

@Cybersonix@gr8scottI'm not saying the quality has dropped a ton.  It has dipped noticeably though from DA2 and ME3.  In honesty, ME3 is still a really good game, but it is not "The Bioware Standard" we have been used to getting if you know what I mean.


Mass Effect 3 felt like it was catered to a larger audience.  I mean they were trying to appeal to anyone and everyone.  I just know when games try to appeal to larger audiences, they more than likely risk  alienating longtime fans of their series.  ME3 is a prime example.  Casey Hudson said it himself:

"Mass Effect 3 will be an even better place to start since the story literally begins from the most familiar starting point (the Earth), and grows to encompass the biggest-scale events we can possibly imagine"

So the whole thing about choices and consequences carrying over from two games seems to not be as important as what some ME fans would have thought.

I understand those people who still love ME3, I can see the reasons why its loved, but I am one of those people who have seen Bioware games start to dip since DA2 (including ME3).

I feel they have got too far away from you making your own choices and interactions (there was a massive increase in auto dialogue in ME3 which killed immersion in the Shepard character) and a lack of RPG elements which were staple in Bioware games.

I feel my opinions are too far apart from yours, but I respectfully disagree.  Every gamer has different tastes and standards.  For me, I just see a drop in quality.  Still good games, but definitely a dip in quality from the first two ME games.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@SipahSalar I already knew that. I want a better reason, although there may not be one. I just don't like it when people beat around the bush and seem patronizing.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@SipahSalar @tightwad34 ...while they'll include a number of cameos from old characters, even it wont make much sense to see them. 

Astralify
Astralify

There is no such thing as "accessible to both old fans and newcomers". Fans want deep RPG mechanics, good story, less action and more dialogue and meaningful character interactions. Less autodialogue and more meaningful choices. More exploration and freedom, less linearity and coridor shooting.   Casual newcomers want the oposite. So this "accessible to both old fans and newcomers" statement is as nonsensical as the ME3 ending.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

Did any of u consider that this next game could be a prequel set in the mass effect universe with other conflicts that predate Shepards story arc? Or did bioware make it clear that it is a sequel or takes place after me3?

jameson425
jameson425

@K-A_L-A_D-U_R "BioWare announced the next Mass Effect game last September. It will not feature Commander Shepard, as his story came to a close in last year'sMass Effect 3." A quote from the article above smartass, I'm referring to what BloodSpectre said above read his post he said quote "I still can't really figure out how BioWare can successfully put out a sequel to ME3 story-wise". 

Yes he did talk about the Galaxy's fate depending on the ending you chose, but what your both not getting is it's not Commander Shepard or his galaxy so to speak. So it means an entirely new universe and character to play as, I'm sure they may use a familiar galaxy's you traveled between that were used in the first 3  as a tribute or even make it Shepard's Son or Daughter for all we know. 

I read the article and yeah the galaxy may be different but pretty sure it's a different galaxy and there is no way to tell whether the actions of the first 3 Mass Effect games will be portrayed in the new Mass Effect titles or whether it's a sequel? But with that said a sequel would imply the Mass Effect universe from the first 3 was the Back Drop for the new Mass Effect titles, all i'm saying...