E3 2014: New Mass Effect Contains "Nods" for Fans of the Original Trilogy

It will also feature certain races from the previous games, including the Krogans.

Even prior to confirming that work was under way on a new Mass Effect, BioWare was insistent that future games will leave the original trilogy--and protagonist Commander Shepard--behind. We've now learned that not only are certain races returning in the next game, but there will also be "nods" of some kind for fans of the Shepard trilogy.

Before sharing his enthusiasm for it with GameTrailers, BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn reiterated that the new, as-of-yet-untitled Mass Effect game is an "all-new journey" that doesn't involve Commander Shepard and his or her story. "It's exciting because [developer BioWare] Montreal is really killing it with Frostbite--they're working really hard on that stuff," he said. "Casey [Hudson, series executive producer] and the Mass Effect leads are really working well with them, making sure everyone's learning stuff, getting the fundamental tenets of the IP down. And they're just going for it; they're doing a lot of really cool stuff right now."

"[There are] definitely returning races. It's Mass Effect, so it wouldn't be a Mass Effect game without the Krogans." -- BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn

Asked whether the new game takes place before or after the existing games, Flynn said he "can't get into that much." He did, however, offer up some hope for fans who don't want to see everything they know about Mass Effect abandoned. "We've got a pretty cool idea for how we're going to carry on, keep the trilogy story separate, but at the same time, give a bunch of nods to fans who've really enjoyed the trilogy in the past," Flynn said. "That's all going to come out soon."

Flynn avoided discussing the prospect of returning characters, but did acknowledge there are "definitely returning races. It's Mass Effect, so it wouldn't be a Mass Effect game without the Krogans." Fans who have watched the Mass Effect trailer released on Monday will no doubt have noticed the Krogan, and Flynn was happy to talk about how great they now look. "The technology that makes the Krogans look so good, it's just off the charts, it's amazing," he said.

In April, BioWare studio director Yanick Roy described development on the new Mass Effect as being "somewhere in the middle." He declined to share any further details, only stating that BioWare's "focus is on doing it right over doing it fast."

The new Mass Effect does not yet have a release date, nor has publisher Electronic Arts indicated what systems it will be released for.

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176 comments
vadagar1
vadagar1

also JOG this down Bioware 


I want my game endings to be .....


w8 for it....


VIDEO GAME-Y

FelipeInside
FelipeInside

I hate it when devs say "imagine what we can do with all these new consoles and technology"
HELLO, you could that 5 years ago with PC already...

desmorfer
desmorfer

If they do this game with an ending like ME3, all the magic and greatness of this fantastic new game will be shit, but i want this new game

veseer
veseer

I remember reading about one of the devs that is currently working on the next ME game stated on twiter that they don't want to launch it too close to Dragon Age : Inquisition. So they'll probably release it around the end of 2015 or push it back to early 2016, can someone build a time machine and bring me a copy i'll spread it like the plague...secretly of course :)

SantosoRulez
SantosoRulez

So far i like the trailer, i hope that they really surprise us with this new IP of ME, and also more beautiful soundtracks like they did in previous series.

mauroaugusto
mauroaugusto

Bioware should stop hearing people to do their games. That way, maybe we can have a good new trilogy coming. If not, well, keep hearing the fans and EA if you wish. Try hearing Drew Karpyshyn instead, that one will do much good.

virtualskill
virtualskill

Just don't take the most important parts and make them DLC like you did in 3... I couldn't believe there was a surviving prothean + a race that the reapers originated from... and you greedy ****s hid them. 

amar1234
amar1234

It dam well better have nods to the previous trilogy or i l burn my copy of the game seriously. Only way i can even begin to mentally except a new commander shepard, and normandy is if they pay homage and respect the guys that made it all possible, Wrex, Grunt Jack, Liara, Joker, Shep etc. At the very least i wanna see some beacon left behind that has us see a flashback of shep doing something. It doesn't have to have an impact on the story but i want it to have a legendary feel like the payer is going back in tome or seeing in to another dimension or something. Perhaps we visit a planet that unearths some relic from the past and we get a small cutscene playing  for eg. Bit like that normandy crash site dlc ( which was a bit crap but still very nostalgic). It has to have  that unique ME suspen music too.

Ardus
Ardus

EA's trailers were the worst by far this year, both the Battlefront and Mass Effect trailers were so infuriatingly vague that I would've rather seen nothing at all.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

But can we "nod" while humping the Krogans?  I know I nod every time I hump a half insect, half humanoid with a digital monocle.

ravi_sr
ravi_sr

this is exited me to see mass effect 4 but this is so little detail for me , i was hoping in this e3 event ea show mass effect 4 trailer or game play  but its ok finally they show something for mass effect fan


any one notice the Normandy crash sight show in this video 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I get the feeling that these nods won't please everyone.

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

It's EA. You really think it won't be multiplatform?

coolbeans1
coolbeans1

I'd appreciate the nod of Bioware making a role playing game instead of a shooter about boring meatheads with RPG elements. Mass Effect 1 was great, the characters were real people and the tone was pretty believable, 2 was still good if basically plotless and pretty soft on the science fiction elements, 3 I knew was broken as soon as the Edie/Jeff love affair began (because it was dumb as dirt)

E_J_S
E_J_S

"Fans who have watched the Mass Effect trailer released on Monday will no doubt have noticed the Krogan"


I noticed the horn on his head.

yumyumnomnom
yumyumnomnom

Now what we need is a brand new Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic game with an open world that we see in DA: Inquisition and Witcher 3 or even something like in Shadows of Mordor. It's been long over due Disney!! Give the IP to a studio that knows RPGs... Bioware.

phantazim69
phantazim69

Please make it a cross generation platform game!??

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

I'd like some references to Shepard is this game isn't a prequel.

punisher1
punisher1

im not gonna touch any new game till I know it does not have a screw job ending.

Swifftness
Swifftness

My question was, and is, why didn't they continue with Shepards story in ME4 ? Was is that bad for them? I think there are many players out there,like me, who do want to play again with him, they want a little more of his story... to see what happened with Normandy after they crashed on the planet... with those lovable characters that i feel in love.. to hear another more line from Garrus and his calibrations... what happened with the Mass relays .. so many questions to put in another game with Shepard. Just ... one... more ... save me!

Vambran
Vambran

No more stupid A.I. Kids with bat #@$ logic conversations pls.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... "Mass Effect: The Return of the Protheans " Nah scrap that, sounds too promising.

Mass Effect: The Next Generation (of DLC).

That sounds about right.

I'm a fan too and what I want is DLC that isn't sold on day one, that had been cut from the main game. Sort that sh!te out and then I will be more excited.

Foppe
Foppe

Why would a game set in the Mass Effect universe not have returning races?

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

I am hoping for a serious overhaul in character creation I mean far better faces features to tweak and to actually make my character look different than having the same one that everyone had around the world like the last trilogy did. More armors more weapons better weapon mechs and powers and seriously better A.I where they actually connect there powers together with yours instead of me having to cast mine and manually control the AI to combine them like in ME2.

emerin76
emerin76

Mass Effect helped tip the favour for me buying an 360 - back when ME was exclusive to XBox.  Was a great game.  People didnt like the end of 3. ( I never played it),  I didn't like the start of ME2 - really,  burned up in atmosphere and reassembled?  Ok, I stopped there.

I love the universe never the less.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

I *guess* that WAS a Krogan, then.  I thought it was a new race.....but then he roared and did kinda look Krogan......huh.


Whatever - I'm waiting for my first glimpse of a next-gen turian, Bioware!

Chaos_1990
Chaos_1990

So I guess Bioware is in the middle of some calibrations.

meedokicky
meedokicky

but...

"You can fight like a Krogan, run like a leopard, but you'll never be better than Commander Shepard!"

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

Calling it now, a sequel in themes not plot lines, the same way Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 aren't really connected by plot and characters but by themes and gameplay mechanics.
And that is the best approach for the series, dragging out the Shepard storyline would've gone from bad to worse

Jasurim
Jasurim

If it is set after the last game they have to acknowledge Shepard in some way. I wonder what ending they'll go with.

mr_nee
mr_nee

Damn I hoped we'd be playing as reapers this time and make protheans extinct

qioden
qioden

i cried for Mordin

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Let's hope that the endings to this one won't be a disappointment.

Jab7604
Jab7604

I absolutely loved this series, i understand why everyone is so buthurt over the ending, but im not going to trash an entire trilogy based on the final 15 minutes, honestly if the extended cuts were the original endings i dont think the hate would be soo bad. Either way if the new mass effect game can do what ME 1 through 3 did then il be hooked

oldtobie
oldtobie

@Ardus I agree. Battlefront was the only reason I tuned in to E3 at all, and just getting some 2 minute nostalgia-builder was a big disappointment. 

demon794
demon794

@phantazim69 No offense but I think cross generation games are really holding back our current generation's abilities.

jameson420
jameson420

@punisher1 You're the little kid still complaining about Mass Effect 3, go play in traffic. One of the greatest game series I have had the pleasure of playing and I guess some people will bitch about anything..

benelori
benelori

@punisher1 

So you want to spoil yourself before potentially playing it? 

lol

Or you will listen to "well-founded" internet opinions first? :D

jameson420
jameson420

@Foppe Maybe people playing the Rengade Shepards killed them all off..

hahamanin
hahamanin

@emerin76 and that i bought the game two times in a day as i left it in the metro the first time..

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@billy19joseph .....unless they went with the indoctrination theory and re-wrote the entire third gamer.  I'd have bought that.

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

@Jab7604 You Sir summed it up perfectly, I have one friend who never saw the orignial finale but got into the series late and only saw the Extended Cut, he never quite understand the hatred.
ME3's only real faults are with it's ending (that and the lack of back story/character development for the Illusive Man, I still want to know his name damnit!)

punisher1
punisher1

@benelori @punisher1 I'll save my money and wait for what other people have experienced first. Instead of being a mark and blindly buying a game that could end up being a screw job finish in the end. Which I do not think makes for a great story.