Next Mass Effect: BioWare discusses same-sex relationships and says Xbox One and PS4 are "pretty awesome"

"Inclusivity is a part of the BioWare mandate," writer says about same-sex relationships; art director teases that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 tech "looks pretty awesome."

During a question-and-answer session following a PAX East panel this weekend, fans pressed BioWare about the next Mass Effect game, but as you might expect, the company kept its lips largely sealed.

However, the brief quotes that Mass Effect writer Cathleen Rootsaert and art director Joel MacMillan did offer up do lend some vision into what may be in store for the new game in the beloved spacebound series.

"Inclusivity is part of the BioWare mandate" -- Mass Effect writer Cathleen Rootsaert

Asked if the next Mass Effect will allow for same-sex and inter-species relationships, Rootsaert said, "We can't divulge that. But, I'll just say that inclusivity is part of the BioWare mandate. So, we do our best."

Another fan asked about what platforms BioWare is considering for the next Mass Effect game. MacMillan offered a tantalizing tease that we could see the game come to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but he wouldn't confirm one way or the other.

"It's kind of tricky to officially comment on that, but I mean, gen4 [being Xbox One and PlayStation 4] looks pretty awesome and Mass Effect's an awesome-looking game," McMillen said. This comment drew a rousing round of laughter from the audience.

BioWare announced the new Mass Effect game back in September 2012 and has since promised that it will deliver a "fresh and new" experience, while also retaining the spirit and core of the franchise. It won't feature Commander Shepard, but that's all we know story-wise.

This game runs on Frostbite 3 and BioWare even released the first images of the game late last year. In addition to the new Mass Effect game, BioWare is working on an all-new and ambitious IP that is already playable, while a Mass Effect movie is also in the works with Legendary Pictures, the production company behind blockbuster movies like The Dark Knight Rises and The Hangover series.

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981 comments
Iemander
Iemander

Let's first concentrate on quality before discussing anything moral Bioware. You've made some great games with Dragon Age Origins being the absolute pinnacle, but everything after it pretty much sucks.


I wish you luck, you're gonna need it.

Kme2222
Kme2222

Who cares about same sex relationships. What I care about is Bioware looking at only consoles for this next installment... Which is bullshit because I have a PC that blows next gens out of the water and would make this game look beautiful without fps drop.

vadagar1
vadagar1

once upon a time their was a beautiful princess in a far away land and she fell in love with a beautiful prince


but the prince was already in love with her brother and they got married and lived happily ever after and the princess realized she was cast aside she had to get a job like everyone else and stop waiting for a man to "rescue" her


in the end the princess became a judge and traveled to far way kingdoms and married a clerk that made her laugh 


^^^^^^ that's a future fable :P

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

not a single comment in the last 3 hours the shame where did all  the people go

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

come on bigots you have almost gotten to a 1000 if you do then one of your bigoted wishes will come true. 

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

Wow. 90% of everyone in these comments are total morons.

dani3po
dani3po

I love to see how, as videogames leave the dark ages and reach the status of other arts such as literature or films, closed minded reactionaries are becoming more vocal in their arguments. It is a good sign.

tacoma1972
tacoma1972

Dont care about same sex garbage. Dont know why they need to feel like this has to be "promoted".

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

Hey look it worked..Top story on the site..LOL I'm sorry, I can't take Eddie seriously XD

nvidiaking
nvidiaking

I'm more interested in the story and characters than who I'm gonna bang near the end of the game.

Abberon
Abberon

Are people actually even interested in this garbage?  This series died after ME1.  It was the only game in the series that had a coherent plot, and in fact the last decent story Bioware has ever written.  ME2 was a collection of goof short stories tied thinly together by a bug man building a giant human shaped robot, and EA/Bioware just crapped on our faces with the ME3 ending.  Put this series, and hopefully eventually the studio, down already.  It's too painful to watch now.  

bruta
bruta

the real Bioware died long time ago, theres only EA and its puppets

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

Hows about some Fallout 4 news instead of this garbage

TheGreatOldOne
TheGreatOldOne

This is what we have to look forward to ever since Bioware founders left the scene.

Not all is lost though; I cannot wait for Witcher 3, Tides of Numenera, Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity. Re-runs of Shadows of Amn, PST, Arcanum and Fallout 2 until then.


vadagar1
vadagar1

I wana see sexy guys making out in my games 


DEAL WITH IT


u already have ur boob fests and ur helpless unrealistically proportioned chicks to slobber all over

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

In the past ME's, I never really paid much attention and only slightly noticed the same sex stuff. Didn't really care for it in my game though. That said though, why are we making such a big point of all of it? I became a gamer for the escapism in games, not for the realities of life! Games to me should be just that, a game. Not a statement, not political, nor to plug realities of life into them. Sorry developers, but on those fronts I think shallow is better rather than for you to make some kind of statement in your game that somehow touches on your real life or whatever. Most importantly, I don't need sexual relationships in my games at all since they've never added to my experience. Maybe for some but not me. Just the truth from one gamer.

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

This only tells me that Witcher 3 will most likely be much better than both DAI and Mass Effect 4

PoofMaester
PoofMaester

Yeah we get it BioWare your games feature same sex relationships. Can we move on now? If not you guys just need to make a syfy dating simulator.

kkrakhed
kkrakhed

Hey look!  Buy our game cuz you can have sex with people!  And yes, same-sex sex.  Sex!

dbene
dbene

I wished they had the balls to make the main character a non human.

AluminumAndroid
AluminumAndroid

Ive learned to avoid anything and everything remotely related to EA and Bioware. They're toxic to the industry.

StinkB
StinkB

Respect to BioWare for helping bring gaming out of the dark ages.

ziproy
ziproy

I never really gave Bioware too much credit for these relationships. You could do them ever since the first KotOR (probably in baldur's gate at least somewhere too) onwards but they always just felt like they forgot to forbid a female character from following the same conversation as a man.


The dialogue was the same for both characters, the sex scenes were carbon copies of each other, and everyone in the Worlds you lived in acted like it was perfectly accepted too; Mass Effect I liked though because it was the future so people got over discrimination naturally, but Dragon's Age was a bit more jarring. The only thing different between them is Bioware's perception of them.


This is also a straight person's perception of all this. I hope that doesn't matter though

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@suppaphly42  
Just stop. I'm sick of homosexual whinedom. Homosexuals the ones who can't substantiate their orientation with any kind of CONCLUSIVE biology, yet they feel everyone  has to oblige them. They're the ones deviating, and the burden of conclusive proof is on them. Who's more bigoted, people who have their own opinions, or the homosexual orientation pushers? 

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@Kevlar101  
Because they don't agree with homosexuality. Big deal, biology doesn't agree with it either. 

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@Kevlar101 where have you been this is GS after all that being said who's side are you on

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@dani3po  
I get so tired of homosexual ego-centrism.  Politics can't biology. I wish homosexuals would stop trying to view homosexuality as some kind of evolution. Genitals are part of a larger reproductive system, not a sexual spinoff. 

allensdiner
allensdiner

@tacoma1972  Who promoted it?  If you would actually read the damn article, you would know that Bioware was asked a direct question and answered it.

dani3po
dani3po

@Abberon I think more than five million people who bought Mass Effect 3 are somewhat interested, yes.

solidsnake7882
solidsnake7882

Yes we are. There are plenty of people me included who love ME 2 even better than the first. Imo the second game is better than the first story included. ME 1 had a great story but the combat and environments were a mess. ME2 introduced new characters and delivered a great story and everything was improved. The dlc expanded it even more. ME3 was Imo perfect in vanilla for even the decent at the time. The extended cut made the ending perfect Imo and the dlc was amazing. Bioware is a great company and I wish all the best. Just hope it will be on pc.

mysophocles
mysophocles

@LittleMac19  

You are probably right. But I hope you're wrong about DA:I. DA:Origins was the sh#t. 

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@AluminumAndroid EA yes bioware no and i would like a reason why bioware is toxic and oh i don't know how about who ever the f*** it is that makes COD is not the first on the toxic list

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@ziproyin regard to dragon age being a bit more jarring ,i say to you this. 1) its a world with magic. 2) ever watch game of thrones it takes place in a would a bit like DA and anything goes there. 3) its not likely that you have looked into the history of what is ok and why, when it comes to romance and who you can and can't screw.

 Back in the day in Europe a lot of the royal family's were as inbred as f*** and that was ok. also in other places you could screw who ever you wanted, man, woman, boy, girl, it was just a matter of preference and not considered odd.

 Now i don't agree with sleeping with children. what i am saying is that back in the time of DA it would have gone unnoticed and not cared about  as it would be your preference. Most of the modesty in today's society is left over from when the curch steped in and made rules some good and some oppressive.   

dani3po
dani3po

@OneStrong2  Homosexuality is not evolution. The acceptance and recognition of homosexuality, yes, is evolution and progress.

GingerGSM
GingerGSM

@scorpioisrising I have a feeling that if dani3po has a husband, he left the closet a long time ago. Also, resorting to personal attacks to elevate yourself in an argument always works.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@allensdiner @suppaphly42 oh i don't know either i have over a 1000hours in skyrim and i just finished my 4th DA:O play through on PC this time and my 3rd of DA2 in preparation for DA:I

allensdiner
allensdiner

@suppaphly42  Agreed on the bugs for both Bethesda AND Bioware... but seriously... who in their right mind would let bugs keep them away from games like Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age & Mass Effect?  I can overlook the bugs because the games are generally outstanding.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@greenpolyp @suppaphly42@AluminumAndroid if you want to talk about bugs i have one word Bethesda