Next Mass Effect: Now Is Your Chance to Leave Feedback for BioWare

Developer launches survey in hopes of making the next Mass Effect game "the best one yet."

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BioWare has launched a fan survey asking fans to provide feedback to help make the next Mass Effect game "the best one yet." Producer Mike Gamble tweeted a link to the survey, which asks players what games they have played recently and what aspects of a new Mass Effect game they are most looking forward to. The options include Story, Exploration, Combat, and Customization. You can rank those choices from 1 (least) to 7 (most). The survey also asks you to elaborate on your choices and mention if BioWare left anything out.

The Mass Effect survey also asks how many hours you spend per week playing role-playing games and asks you to rank your top three RPG activities; options include engaging in combat, leveling up, and exploring alternative story outcomes, among others. In addition, the survey asks if you are planning to attend San Diego Comic Con (July), Gamescom (August), or PAX Prime (August-September), and if you enjoy cosplaying.

Not long after the survey was distributed last night, Gamble said BioWare has seen an "overwhelming response to the survey so far." He went on to say that he has "reading material for a month" and that he doesn't want responses to stop yet. "Keep 'em coming," he said.

If you're eager for more news about the next Mass Effect game, you don't have much longer to wait, as BioWare designers will talk about the project at San Diego Comic-Con next week. The new Mass Effect game does not have a release date yet and platforms have not been announced.

What we do know is that it leaves the story of Commander Shepard and the first three games behind. BioWare began teasing images from the new game in November 2013, and shortly thereafter we learned it is already playable. Overall, the next Mass Effect game is described as "fresh but recognizable."

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

284 comments
brusher
brusher

Think I'll pass o the survey. Bioware already has shown their once loyal fans what they think of their fans and their opinions.  And, after being lied to during prerelease of ME3, and not owning up to the hatchet job they did to the ending of what could've been a great story, I don't believe a word they say. 

kaladan78
kaladan78

Real space flight,not just a mini-map with a tiny ship...please !!!!  I have seen a game (or was it a mod, I just cannot remember) done by just one dude with planet landing and planet take-off and it was so cool ...Real persistent Universe and that way of traveling like I have played in Freelancer (that made the map feel so huge)...that will step up Mass effect 4 to the next level...after all it's the Universe, with all the races, that actually is or should be the real main character, right?...And what better way to underline a majestic Universe and make it believable  if not by actually traveling in it...Might just become 2 games in one though :(...but that was just a secret dream I have...a space-sim with missions on planets  mass effect style :)

CallousIW
CallousIW

Anyone like me who hate the microtransactions/DLCs for most of the weapons n armor?? now is the time to feedback! 

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I've completed the survey but their questions are so general and I don't see them help in developing the game. like they ask you rank from 1(lowest)-7(highest) on story, combat, exploration. Those are basics in any RPG and I don't see anyone would give lower than 7 in any of those categories.

yoda101280
yoda101280

Heh, I still haven't finished ME3 yet, I go back every so often and play a little bit, the last time I think I was close to the end though so I guess I should finish it up.

yoda101280
yoda101280

Meh, just make it open world and I'll probably be happy I generally liked the Mass effect games.  Only issue I had is the same I had with basically all of Biowares RPG's they take place in fairly enclosed spaces and are very linear.  So open up the game space like they seem to be doing with Dragon Age and don't make the story so one directional and I will be happy.

jasswolf
jasswolf

Because in Mass Effect games, your choices matter (TM).


Wait a second...

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Make a good game as the first three Mass Effect's and there will be no winter for any of us....

streamline
streamline

Just those for survey options? I wanted to vote for Liara.

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

I think more companies should do these kinds of things!

Coseniath
Coseniath

"First Release on Dec 31, 2097" 

Hmmm why not 2099 or 2100? What's so important about 12/31/2097?World ending? :P

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

I would love a new mass effect game where you get to play as a Mass Effect Relay. Imagine how much fun that could be.

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

So far ME 2 is my favorite of the series. Granted ME 1 had a better story and ME 3 had the best gameplay, ME 2 felt like the most complete game with an epic suicide mission and an ending that payed off depending on your choices. 

I'm hoping ME 4 is a complete game with no cliffhanger nonsense endings that reflect the player's choices. Also, no more auto dialog and give us more hubs than the Citadel to explore.

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

No multiplayer is a good start

Cabronado
Cabronado

last time i did a survey was for Tiberium Twilight... need i say more?

ank000
ank000

1st- Story ( because without it ME4 will be nothing. No compromise here)

2nd- Combat/Weapons (should have a little bit more combat then previous games. Also, would love to see weapons like Cain and Blackstorm in this game.)

3rd- Exploration ( should have fair amount of exploration, so that player can take break from story and combat)

4th- Customization ( I'll leave this to the pro's)


Long story short the game should have good story, enjoyable combat and quality explorations. Lastly repeating what everyone already said, don't go the Prequel route...lol

Naquada
Naquada

It gives me some slight feeling of hope, them doing the survey.


As long as they go back to the kind of freedom of choice ME2 offered, continue to deliver decently on the various interpersonal relationships, and keep the save importing thing going, they're fairly likely to get my money.


I agree with others on one thing in particular - if they start making prequels, I'm going to start punching babies... And puppies.

darktruth007
darktruth007

Don't worry Bioware is going to make a GREAT game - just as good as Mass Effect 1 2 and 3 and Dragon Age 1 and 2 were.


Let the ignorant contrarians who claim that Mass Effect 2 and 3 were terrible go back to playing their lackluster, dull-as-bricks Fallout and ES games and save the truly worthwhile rpgs for the real gamers.

lilhurk1985187
lilhurk1985187

The only things i want from them is for them to keep their promises and not make CRAPPY endings and hide behind "Artistic Integrity". Make choices actually matter.Also make the other species playable instead of just human characters.

meedokicky
meedokicky

cool survey.

Thank you Eddie and Bioware.

Boddicker
Boddicker

A branching story structure where your decisions not only affect the ending but what missions become available to you would be a nice start.



BuBsay
BuBsay

Simple answer to this one:


Make your games more in the vein of DA:O and ME1, and pretend DA2 and ME3 never existed.

darkrayne
darkrayne

@jasswolf  pfft, your choices affected the story and the gameplay... not at the end but everywhere else. The journey is more important than the destination.

yoda101280
yoda101280

@HipHopBeats Well they've said they will be jumping to a new protagonist this time so there will likely be some sort of cliff hanger ending unless 4 is going to be the last effect they make, which is not likely.  So since we're getting a new lead character you can expect the story to end w/o all the answers.

porcupine-fur
porcupine-fur

@darktruth007 You kind of buried yourself with "the real gamers" - that's something very childish to say. Everybody has their own preferences, and if they like Fallout they can go ahead and play it. I just wish they could find some other free time distraction than saying Bioware has gone to the s*it and EA is the evil mastermind behind it. Give those guys and gals a break, no one is forcing you to even read news about them let alone play their games. Find another hobby.

surrealme
surrealme

@darktruth007 All three of them are great RPG franchises. If you only like ME then perhaps it's you that's not the "real gamer" (and oh how I wish that idiotic self congratulating BS expression would go die in a fire).

kaladan78
kaladan78

@BuBsay Loved ME3 but a guess ME2 was my favorite....something was missing from Me 3 though...

ElvinasD
ElvinasD

@BuBsay  Absolutely loved ME1. It was fun to explore planets with M35 Mako; i'm one of the few that had no problems with the controls. ME1 also had rich a skill tree and abundant of different gear. They fixed the combat for ME2 but they simplified the skills tree, gear and removed any aspect of exploration. I thought ME3 was a bad game in general, not just because of the endings. It was a corridor shooter point A to B. Same scenario happened to DA:O and DA2.

Jimbowesker
Jimbowesker

@BuBsay  Yeah agreed especially Dragon Age II, That game was crap. Dragon Age Origins was a classic for the ages. More like Dragon Age Origins and ME 1&2 and less like DAII and ME3.

suture
suture

@BuBsay ME2 and ME3 was awesome deal with it :P
ME1 was cool too but gameplay was a little green tough..

magnetite2
magnetite2

@darkrayne 

Correct, that is how the game is designed to work. A lot of people who say their choices don't matter don't understand how this game is supposed to work. It was said all the way back in 2011 at E3, that your choices will shape how the war against the Reapers plays out "Game choices from ME1 & ME2 will affect the war in ME3. The Reaper war doesn't begin in the last 5 minutes. The war begins when you actually begin the game. They took it as "every single decision will shape the final minutes of ME3". Followed by going to the government, etc, when that didn't happen.

Cabronado
Cabronado

@roman4545 what i wrote in the survey had nothing to do with the final game.

And i doubt the majority of the people that took the survey wanted the gameplay to change almost completely.

So, in my experience, surveys are pointless.

magnetite2
magnetite2

@porcupine-fur 

Anyone who thinks EA is plotting to ruin Bioware or the gaming industry in general needs to get their head checked or at the very least take off their tinfoil hat. 

digigamerx
digigamerx

@MasterSatsujin @BuBsay  DA2 wasn't that amazing at all, have you actually played it?? The area maps were repeated and the story was wasn't as good as DA1. The best part about it was the graphics(with DX11 update) and the combat mechanics. The characters were interesting as well. It's good to see them meld gameplay of DA1 and DA2 in DA:I. I'm impressed with what I have seen so far with the gameplay footage.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@suture @BuBsay ME1 had the best RPG elements of the three, but the combat was definitely the weakest.

ME3's gameplay felt so much like a modern AAA cover based shooter it was painful (my god if there was one more turret section I was just gonna quit) and reduced the amount of dialogue you actually control, couple that with an incoherent storyline and it definitely was the weakest of the three.

magnetite2
magnetite2

@lilhurk1985187 

For me Shepard is alive, Reapers are dead. I don't see the issue here. If your EMS was really low, then yeah, you won't get a good ending. They make you work for it. Besides, they kind of ended it where there was no clear-cut good or bad ending. Each final decision has a positive and a negative. Some people want to have all positives, but forget that this game is about consequences for your actions. If you choose to destroy the Reapers, there will be consequences (depending on your EMS). If you choose control, synthesis, or refuse, there will be consequences.

T-_-K
T-_-K

@MasterSatsujin for me the story was lame and clouded, graphics and fighting mechanisms were good, the small repetitive maps were just game killers, most of the characters are from DAO, there wasn't a backstory behind each character as in DAO and ME2, there were also very few characters, no destinations to go, like in DAO, bad soundtracks, lame quest and side quests, i barely had the appetite to finish the game X(

BuBsay
BuBsay

@MasterSatsujin @T-_-K You have the weirdest opinion I've ever seen.

I've seen people say DA 2 is alright, even good. But I've never seen someone say that DA 2 was better than DA:O.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@MasterSatsujin @T-_-K I think that's more your acceptance of lower quality games than him.

Hell, even Bioware themselves have acknowledged DA2 as a misstep and have done everything possible to distance DA3 from it. There's a reason why DA:O is remembered as one of the best PC RPG's of the last decade, and DA2 is considered a tremendous disappointment.

 

MasterSatsujin
MasterSatsujin

@BuBsay The only reason Bioware considers Dragon Age 2 a disappointment is because of all of the whiney gamers that want the game to be identical to Origins.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@MasterSatsujin @BuBsay So if a game is bad, it's the player's fault for not being able to recognize the inherent greatness found in a game? Not, you know, the developer's fault for trying to make a massive RPG in less than a year, when even the people in the development studio acknowledged that it wasn't nearly enough time and later openly apologized for it?

My god, you should work for EA. Your logic sounds just like their PR teams.