Next Mass Effect game will be 'fresh and new'

BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson says next game in series will offer new ideas; feature film with Legendary remains in production.

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BOSTON--Today during a presentation at PAX East, BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson said the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise will be "fresh and new." This game will be primarily developed by BioWare Montreal and Hudson will serve as the game's executive producer.

"We are starting to get ready to develop another Mass Effect game and it's going to be a new thing," Hudson said. "We want to be able to give fans an opportunity to get back into the world with these things you've come to know and love about the Mass Effect experience, but start something fresh and new; a new way for you to explore the whole universe in Mass Effect."

In addition, Hudson today confirmed that the Mass Effect movie with Legendary Pictures remains in production, though no release date or casting details were divulged.

"Hopefully it should be seen as a good thing," Hudson said of the movie. "Because what we're looking at are, I think, the right things to make sure it's going to be great. It's not just going to be a movie. It's going to be really special."

Lastly, Hudson reiterated that BioWare is working on an all-new intellectual property. Specific details on this project were not mentioned, though Hudson said he hopes this project could match the trajectory of the Mass Effect series.

"That's kind of our next thing. We're focusing on delivering something new, the way we did at the very beginning of Mass Effect," Hudson said.

BioWare also confirmed today that 82 percent of all Mass Effect 3 gamers play a male Commander Shepard.

Discussion

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Spotted_Pelt
Spotted_Pelt

Burned once, flinch twice.

Though in this instance, you burned me three bloody times.  DA2.  ME3, and that sad, sad hat tip to us with the extended cut.

You wanted cool DLC, give us Anderson's fight on earth, or Garrus' time freelance, that would be cool.  The desperate fight on earth or an alien Batman kinda bit.

Instead, we got sad little tie ins that mean next to nothing for the story (Omega, no impact, Leviathan, no impact.  Citidel...come on, my Shep isn't going to stop to drink and gamble (Outside his ship on the way to the next mission) while millions die every day on earth.

Don't insult the players.  Ever since you sold out to EA it's been downhill.  I'm going to be pretty sad to see a company that developed Knights, Neverwinter and Jade Empire, slam into the ground like a spaced SPECTRE

The company I loved, these were guys that liked ideas I sent in to them and sent a thank you note to me for them from the writers for my interest and love in their IP's, and insights into some of their games.

I still have that letter.  What happened to those guys?

NoJaRa
NoJaRa

Meh ... Mass Effect without Shepard is like Rambo without John Rambo,House M.D. without House and etc . You can say whatever you want to,but we all know that Shepard was 85% of the reason we played ME :) So my advice is BRING US BACK OUR COMMANDER !!! Or at least show us Anderson prequel . Young Anderson and Saren would make a good game.

The_J3ster
The_J3ster

I  thought they said that they were always going to expand on the Mass Effect universe?  It's just that Shepperd's story is concluded.  Not sure why people are saying that EA is backtracking... Anyway - wonder if this new installment will be compatible / hackable to work with the Oculus Rift?

RunnerReign
RunnerReign

I want to see a type of RPG completely different from its predecessors, and freedom to choose your species etc.

but what i want most of all is for bioware to make drew karpyshyn write more books about the quarians and autistic biotic girls.

jaispeed2011
jaispeed2011

Just Send in the Clone! and there you have another Mass Effect trilogy and nothing lost

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

Just stop with the feedcrap and MAYBE the next trilogy can do it fine. But Casey, dont speak like you got everything ready as a boss. Just admit it, things went wrong and they are currently outnumbered even after Citadel's DLC. In fact, this pay-me-more for an already brought dvd is already a bad looking thing. Sorry but that is the truth.

Predator4170
Predator4170

Sorry but after the endings of ME3 last year, and then they try to something new that there is a strong chance that they will just sink this series any deeper. I say stop development on it.

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

Hm, as much as I loved Mass Effect games, I don't think that I'm really looking forward to this one. The gameplay got progressively worse as the series aged with the third game being almost boring, the lackluster story didn't help much either(or lack of it if you're playing ME3.) Just let it die as one of the greatest series of its' time, no need to drive it into the ground.

Suporex
Suporex

I thought ME3 was supposed to be a conclusion to the series... no?

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Fresh and new, aka: More multiplayer

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

EA?? Fresh and new?? HA! Fat chance....

Gue1
Gue1

they should make a new IP but with similar elements. 

michaelsgreat
michaelsgreat

"Fresh and new?" Not interested, I'm looking for games more in the "Funky fresh" category.

4G4
4G4

The joy in Discovering my Mass Effect Days are not over yet!

LeonsKnnedy
LeonsKnnedy

One of the best games out there, happy to know there will be new adventures coming in this ME universe

KinoDaKonqueror
KinoDaKonqueror

NO!!! Leave this universe alone.  Make another one... prett much exactly like this one. lol.

johnnievflores1
johnnievflores1

I hope the next game will be a prologue that will let us use krogan, turian, asari and other races before the story of Commander Shepard. You guys know what I mean??

LeozinhoGaiato
LeozinhoGaiato

ME will ever be a great franchise... i it'll be fresh and new, count me in o/

DarthLod
DarthLod

"Fresh and New" Yes, full of EA greed driven DLC and Multiplayer crap.

Coheedrocks27
Coheedrocks27

I honestly hope they use a female protagonist for the movie. I know they probably wont but it would  just be a nice slap in the face for all those people that missed the greatness of the female Shepard voice actor

Ghost-Eye
Ghost-Eye

If it's so fresh and new why use Mass Effect as the title?

hugoadan
hugoadan

looking forward to it, though it's kinda hard to imagine a ME game without shepard, but... what the hell!

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

There's a sucka born every minute. I guess I'm a sucka then cuz I'll get the next Mass Effect game.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Yeah becasue Mass Effect wasn't fresh and new in the first place.....

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Not lied. Changed mind. And I love it. Nice to see Mass Effect back in action.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

@Bumblebee1138 But that was a new IP.. Crysis was also fresh, number 2 wasn't.. Same with Dead Space, same with The Sims and Battlefield (recently).. The only sequel I can recall that felt new was Burnout: Paradise.. But I should have made myself more clear.. Fair point, but I meant in terms sequels

magnetite2
magnetite2

@Shango4  

Mass Effect 3 was never about the destination, but the journey along the way.  

Also, the entire game is the ending, not the last 10 minutes. 

johnnievflores1
johnnievflores1

@Shango4 @johnnievflores1  I dont know. But wouldn't it be cool that we could use a turian or human during the 1st contact war or the war between krogans and turians

jaispeed2011
jaispeed2011

@Dalpin @Bumblebee1138 wouldn't have been surprised if that was him laying in the rubble of some part of the citadel that hadn't been repaired (maybe the part where the crucible fired)

Dalpin
Dalpin

@Bumblebee1138 At the end of Mass Effect 3 if you have downloaded the movie pack, then if you had chosen to destroy the reaper's, then Shepard would lie in some ruins and breath, then the game ended.

So it clearly follows on to more games of the Mass Effect series.

Dalpin
Dalpin

@Bumblebee1138 At the end of Mass Effect 3 if you have downloaded the movie pack and have chosen to destroy the Reaper's, then you would see Commander Shepard lying in come ruins and breathing just before the game ended.

so they definitely wanted the game somehow to continue.