New Mass Effect forming at BioWare

Company general manager says studio has plans for next game in the series, as well as brand new IP set in fictional universe.

BioWare founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka left the role-playing game studio today, but that does not mean the company is slowing down. Studio general manager Aaryn Flynn announced today that BioWare, under the direction of producer Casey Hudson, has plans for an additional "full" Mass Effect game.

More Mass Effect is coming.

Flynn did not divulge any concrete details regarding this project, but called on fans to offer up their own ideas for where the Mass Effect series should go next. Mass Effect 3 executive producer Michael Gamble teased in February that BioWare has "so much to draw from" for a future Mass Effect game.

Additionally, Flynn announced that Hudson is also presently leading a team that is assembling the vision for an all-new game set in a fictional universe. This project is being built from the bottom up, he said, running on "new gaming technology." Further specifics were not mentioned, but he may be referencing new platforms from Microsoft and Sony, which are rumored to be on store shelves during the back half of 2013.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

If and only if they have learned that their "artistic vision" of their ending was horrible and need to go back to the extremely high quality game design of everything else in Mass Effect then it may be something to consider, but won't be preordering this time due to their major screw up.

Link3301
Link3301

I would honeslty like to see a game where you play as your romance.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Prequels baby, prequels. A trilogy based on Anderson and his whole backstory with apearances of a young sheperd of course.

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

Keep milking that cow.

Chefjase
Chefjase

I would like to see a Miranda game. Perhaps they could start just before her Cerberus career, then jump to the middle of said career, then a mission during ME3 hunting for info on her father's indoctrination research, then have a free-lance mission or two after ME3. Her powers and agility(ability to jump around maybe?) could increase over those few periods. She was engineered to develop her skills just above peak human ability as I understood it. I'm not sure which ending is canon, but they could figure something out if they wanted to set a mission post ME3. Just a thought, as I think she's an interesting character.

Daniel1776
Daniel1776

I can't wait, I'm already excited about this game. It's too bad some people let 5 minutes of the game they don't like turn them off from the 120+ other hours...but Bioware definitely has a lot they could draw from. It'd be awesome to fight the First Contact War, perhaps from both sides. Or the Rachni War, stomping out bugs on toxic worlds. Or maybe the Geth War, if only to see unmasked Quarians. Or it could be a sequel to ME3; after all, in the extended endings, Admiral Hackett says that the mass relays are "badly damaged," which is video game-speak for "easily repairable." So the series could continue in that way. Sorry for the long post, I just get really excited about the Mass Effect series.

blackothh
blackothh

another mass effect after the universe blows up, yes good call, return to your stable of cows

zaoy
zaoy

I want to see how the Illusive man becomes the Illusive man. An origin story on his rise to the top with Cerberus.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

well, let's see...this time ea/bw is selling us a blanc cd that gives us access to a on-line game dlc system that overcharges us for dripdrop dlc installments at the price of a full game ..................

Dark__Warrior
Dark__Warrior

I really hope the new mass effect would continue after the events of mass effect 3 ( Indocdrination theory maybe ;) ?

H2Original
H2Original

Yes, there is a lot of stories in the ME universe that can be games. But i will love to see something far far in the future. So we can learn about new things in this universe. New Dramas and stories. New threats and enemies. Dont get me wrong, i love this game but i want something that i never heard before. Because althought i know that those stories can be greatin a game i already know how they end. (First Contact War, Rachni Wars, the revelion of the Geths, etc)

 

But anyway i know that watever they came to, it will be great and i will buy it XD. I just hope that they keep the RPG elements and hurry up because i already want it!!!

Lexamun
Lexamun

There is so much potential! The Mass Effect universe that we currently have has much to draw from. They could do the First Contact War, the Rachni Wars, working as as a Spectre for the Council, hell even working  for the Illusive Man as a Cerberus employee is a viable option. The potential for good settings and stories continues to add up.

delta16x
delta16x

I WANT THIS MUCH....the next game of Mass Effect,it should be AFTER the events of Mass Effect 3.... :D

 

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

Peter Moore gave Aaryn Flynn a copy of this excerpt from his book of business strategies and said "so, how about a new Mass Effect?"

 

The Westwood Solution:

 

1)  Find a smaller gaming company whose franchises can carry sales by titles alone.

 

2)  Buy out the shares of the executives and get controlling interest in the company.

 

3)  Force those same executives out by imposing deadlines to game releases.  Spend 8-9 figures on promotions and advertising to enforce deadlines.

 

4)  Recycle new releases on the franchises until they no longer churn a profit.

 

5)  Liquidate the company into a division of EA.  Name it "EA: (Region/City/Country)".  Offer bonuses to all executives assisting in the transition.

 

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Sorry, but Mass Effect 3 ruined the ME experience for me...no more MEs for me, especially since they will be online-only (which my internet connection will not support).  No more Dragon Age games, either, if they are online-only...the pillars are falling one by one, as their worshipping of the false god Online-Only burns their lives into obsolesence.  Let the age of independent developers and single-player gaming begin.  Down with EA and their foolish ilk.

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

Will more and more video games will made to like Skyrim? Having huge expanding worlds we could roam freely instead of being herded down one single path.

 

Just wondering because Dragon Age 3 is going to be like this with also new technology. It may be the same thing is happening to Mass Effect 4 with the same technology will apply.

MuggySake
MuggySake

Same thing that happened to Halo.

Shredwolf
Shredwolf

Well this isn't going well. Mass Effect Franchise going the same route as COD after two key executives left who were mainly responsible for quality games. Hopefully Casey Hudson isn't trying to compete with Bobby Kotick.

terps90
terps90

I think they fixed the ending somewhat in the exteneded cut of the game which was my only problem. And why not make another mass effect? what was so bad about three other than the original endings. I mean I wouldn't mind playing in the distant future with the red ending of me3, play Shepherd again or play the game from another one of the characters perspectives.  What would be so bad about it?  the latter be more unlikely. 

Skyrim25
Skyrim25

Iam done with Bioware and Mass Effect. ME3 ruined my joy of Mass Effect that Ive had for years

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

IF they really want to make it good.  They should give me the option on choosing a different race this time around.  Maybe even the option of choosing a different last name.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

i hope the next game takes place at 70 years after ME3 when they finally get out of the milky way galaxy and meet more alien species and encounter enemies far more deadlier than reapers.

widdowson91
widdowson91

I think they should leave the Mass Effect series alone now and come up with something else.

Petdoc1991
Petdoc1991

Where do you go to post ideas? I was thinking maybe they could talk about a different universe like the main character coming from a different universe like andromeda galaxy. 

 

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

"all-new game set in a fictional universe" - I kind of want them to create a game based on the ME universe from the first game. Instead of the ME universe from the 2nd and 3rd games. You know the universe that had unlimited ammo (no clip hunting) and a story that wasn't contrived by monkeys. 

miracalious
miracalious

Waiting for others to give me feedback on quality before I buy this one, who knows what EA might pull this time?

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

Amazing universe, quality devs...Hit me!  

jmc88888
jmc88888

I'm surprised people don't understand that in a way, Mass Effect ITSELF was exactly what they are trying to do.  They've done it before, I don't see why they can't do it again. 

 

If you've played KOTOR series, you know that the Mass Effect series was what they were trying to do now (start a new IP), back then.

 

In other words, this will be the 2nd time they do this.  The first time, they created the Mass Effect series.

 

Hell the first Citadel in Mass Effect 1 was pulled directly from the KOTOR series. 

 

So they created a new IP from a core that was already set before, THAT time, they were departing away from the Star Wars franchise.  Now they'll be departing away from the first Mass Effect trilogy.

 

Somehow I know this departure won't be as hard as the first departure.  What's better?  They've done it before and had great success with it.  So they have a tried and true formula for doing so.  Trying to setup something new outside of the Star Wars franchise was much riskier than trying to set something up after the Mass Effect trilogy....and of course after players had played these other franchises.

 

The player interactions and decision making, being good or bad, fun quests, set in a sprawling lifelike universe is something they're good at.  Now they have a legion of fans who've come to love the Bioware KOTOR/Mass Effect experience. 

 

They'll create a new story, with new characters, new universe, with a whole lot of the familiar feel that we loved. 

 

Again if you don't know their style, you've also seen it in Star Wars the Old Republic.  So KOTOR/SWTOR/Mass Effect all have common areas that overlap.  You can bet that overlap and then some will be in the new franchise.

 

Personally I can't wait.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Unless its a freaking huge direct sequel to 3, I have no interest

jark888
jark888

Whenever there is Mass Effect forum, there will always be bunch of crawling followers.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

 @Daniel1776 ...too bad SOME people let FIVE minutes of the game they don't like turn them off from... 

 

the some people are a lot of people and for them it was never just about the 5 minutes in the game that put them off.  as usual there is a lot more to the mass disappointment 3 than meets the eye to the newcomers. 

terps90
terps90

 @MasterOfSprites that would have made the other 2 games redundant don't u think? I mean first 2 games Shepherd is human then in the third game hes a krogan or a turian....really 

terps90
terps90

 @widdowson91 That would be nice to but at the same time I still would like another game 

H2Original
H2Original

 @jmc88888 ...Hell the first Citadel in Mass Effect 1 was pulled directly from the KOTOR series....True that. Now i remember XD.Agree with everything else.

stogali
stogali

 @jmc88888 create a new story  with new characters like they did in da2

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

 @foxrock66 Really? absolutely no details about the game and you can comfortably say that?? 

Sniper_Wolf_08
Sniper_Wolf_08

 @rn8711 Bioware premiered the trailer for Mass Effect 3 during an episode of The Walking Dead. They designed the image as a tie-in/homage.

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

 @terps90 First off, I don't want Shepard to be a playable character in the next game series.  Second off, your characters looks in the games after this next one would depend on if you ported your character or not.  Third off, we don't even know if they plan on having a re-occurring main character yet.

H2Original
H2Original

 @stogali  @jmc88888 DA2 had great characters. But the game was so half done that it kill it. All the side quest were in the same 3 places. That was insulting. They will have to make a great open world to compensate for that.

H2Original
H2Original

 @alpha_unit97  @foxrock66 Maybe ha has played only the last one. But for us that have played the since the first. We know that its enough of Shepard.

rn8711
rn8711

 @Sniper_Wolf_08 Thanks for the info. Hopefully, that doesn't backfire. I associate the 2nd season of Walking Dead with words like slow, boring and predictable. Still better than 99% of what's on tv anyhow.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

 @rn8711  @Sniper_Wolf_08 

Yeah, the first series was great but it definitely got a bit stale. Let's hope they can come up with some better ideas or I don;t think it'll last to season 4.