Mass Effect has to be one of the best RPG series out there ever. The franchise has gone through a lot of changes from a close to RPG Game in Mass Effect to a more Shooter type game in Mass Effect 3. The ending of the series has disappointed many of the fans but the past is the past and its time for the future.
Now, we know that the next Mass Effect is in development. We also know that it will be running on the Frostbite 3 engine the same engine used in Battlefield 4. The engine is more than capable of running next-gen graphics but could use a few updates and tweaks to make it bug free. Or closer to bug free at least. For more information on the FrostBite Engine click here.
Another thing that has been confirmed by BioWare itself is that the game will not be related to Shepard and the events that took place in Mass Effect 1,2 and 3. So you might here about the events or about Shepard but the game will not be affected by the original trilogy. I would say this is a good thing because it gives the developers more room to work with and gives old gamers a fresh start and be awed again by the world of Mass Effect.
Looking around the internet some rumors are being circulated which might be appealing. Again I'm not saying these are true but they have been coming up here and there on the internet. Some of the rumors are:
- BioWare had a secret event for fans at PAX.
- New Species will be added to the new game.
- Some older species might get a cut.
- You might have a choice to start the game with different races.
- Customizing will be increased(Armor, weapons, etc.)
Though these rumors are quite vague but can very easily be true(or not). Time will tell. The concept of having a choice of which race to start with will be new for the franchise and a welcomed change. New species was quite an obvious change as having the same aliens around you would have become boring. I don't know whether some races will be cut and why? But if its true, damn!
Some members of BioWare have also stated that the new Mass Effect will go back to its roots of Mass Effect 1 and have you be a new comer exploring the galaxy. Sounds good to me, but BioWare better not have annoying MAKO levels again! :P
All the above information is just speculation and can be completely incorrect but until Bioware themselves don't give us any information, we will have to rely on this only.
Now for what I want from the next game. I want the new mass effect to be closer to the RPG elements of Mass Effect 1 and have the game-play closer to Mass Effect 3. I would love to see a new side of the galaxy hopefully in the future of the Mass Effect world not before the Reaper attack.
What would you like to see from the next-gen Mass Effect? Let me know in the comments.
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