E3 2014: BioWare Teases Mass Effect 4 and New IP Details

Mass Effect 4 will go to a new part of the galaxy, whereas BioWare's new IP will tell contemporary stories.

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If you were expecting a bunch of concrete details on Mass Effect 4 at E3 2014, well, you're out of luck.

If you wanted some vague information, however, well, you're quids in! BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson spoke via a lavishly produced video at EA's E3 2014 press conference to confirm that the new Mass Effect would feature entirely new characters, set in a new region of the universe.

Some conceptual prototype footage showed a series of brief glimpses into the new part of the universe, with the environments appearing war torn--a stark contrast from many of the clean, angular corridors from the original trilogy.

Hudson also reiterated that BioWare Montreal was designing Mass Effect 4, whereas the Edmonton studio was creating the entirely new IP.

Creating an entirely new universe also gives the team a "chance to have a clean sheet of design to start at the most fundamental set of principles you can have," said BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn.

Hudson added that the new IP was being designed to tell "contemporary stories," whatever that could mean.

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Just don't make it about saving humanity lol i am so tired of that.

Otherwise, looks interesting. Glad there'll be more exploration and planets ...etc.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Technically, not just humanity but almost all alien races as well.

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@meedokicky Well, at the start, the Mass Effect series wasn't focused on saving humanity...it was when the "action, action, pew pew" influence from EA and the crappy, incoherent, and constantly lore-breaking writing of Mac Walters took over that we saw the originality and intelligence of the story plummet.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So I heard, that is why I want to buy ME1, as I have played both 2 and 3. Just when I finish these few games in hand :P

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> ME1's gunplay is different. Many will tell you how bad it is, I actually enjoyed it and saw the game as a tactical RPG first, shooter second. The story is much more mature and well-written. You will miss Drew Karpyshyn dearly after playing ME1.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Drew also wrote ME2. Or co-wrote it anyway. I felt that the story of ME1 wasn't mature at all, but it's an amazing game none-the-less.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I actually quite liked ME2 and 3, but there are just so many games about saving the world, I'd rather have a story about something more personal. But I guess it is some way to make things epic and stuff.

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@MooncalfReviews @franky111 @meedokicky It was almost as if you could tell where Mac Walters took over in ME2...cue the Terminator!

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Needs a Liara option, or at least someone of equal or greater attractiveness and I don't mean just looks.

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is that the "little finger" at 1:12?


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In Mass Effect 4, your choices will only be limited by the amount of existing colors. We've added every color of the rainbow for various endings.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No problem. The choices will basically be the same. We get 7, you 2, everyone gets 1 in the end.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Whoa ... the Mass Effect 3 ending choices must've seemed even more limited to you.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeah I can distinguish between these two :P

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After a very disappointing MS Conference, at least EA stepped to the plate

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Needs more intergalactic space husseys.

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Bad news people it looks like a prequel with some kind of savage krogan with a horn roaring naked near a camp in desolation I would say this is happening during the salarian uplifting when the krogan started a nuclear war againts each other ... but at the same time there is a N7 logo so I don't know

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"In Feb. 2013, Bioware community manager Chris Priestly wrote on the franchise forums that calling the upcoming title Mass Effect 4 is doing the series a "disservice" because the story of Commander Shepard is over. The next game is not a prequel or a sequel to his tale, Priestly wrote."
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KOTOR 3 please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I just want a much more amazing multiplayer from ME4, with a lot of challenge coming from it. I really enjoyed the coop play, they just started over doing the new guns heroes down the road imo.


Campaign I don't think i care as I was on the side of ME3 not making a whole lot of sense and including the endings. Those endings had nothing to do with all the choices you made through the series, and the story in ME3 feels lost to me if the Reapers were so powerful that we had beyond no chance of winning they would have swarmed and ended everything in a few hours. The Reapers ... i think were suppose to each represent a race they destroyed(sry can't remember this to clearly), but they allow themselves to lose like a dozen or more??, just no reason for them take their sweet ass time.


If things are suppose to be moving forward in ME4 or whatever they call it, then it must take after the Reaper invasion was stopped and Sheppard is dead or a Reaper(which if was the case you get to talk to him probably) right?. So we go from fighting the Reaper threat to what?.. being the Galaxy Police?. Just give me a great multi coop like ME3 but so much greater.

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Not sure about anyone else but I'm stoked. Looks like they're using the new Frostbite tech quite well. Very interested in the new IP. Hate on Bioware all you want but I've been there since their first game and I'll be there for their last. They craft amazing worlds. Even DA2, with all it's craptastic gameplay and areas, was still a good game. You can't just jump ship on Bioware because of 1 mediocre game, one that didn't really even "bomb". Everything from Baldur's Gate to Mass Effect 3 to the new DA3. I'm sold. There are only a handful of developers, actually less, that I'll give my money to day 1 with no questions asked. CDPR, 4A, Bethesda and Bioware.

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The problem of Mass Effect is explaining what happened after the end of 3. I have a really bad fealing Bioware is going to pull alot of stuff out of their a**, liek they did with Leliana and Morigan in DA.


I really think the series should stay ended, unless they can really pull it off . Hoping for the best. A new IP is also very good news. BW needs to move forward.


That's all in my opinion of course

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apparently this is a teaser for the game will be released on (Hold your breath)............................................................................................keep holding............................................................................................................................................................Dec 31, 2097!! tara!

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Nobody seems to be focusing on the fact that they said the "story" would be "moving forwards" but I thought that was the most important detail. That means it's NOT going to be a prequel, which I'm overjoyed about.

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@Darth_Aloysius
"In Feb. 2013, Bioware community manager Chris Priestly wrote on the franchise forums that calling the upcoming title Mass Effect 4 is doing the series a "disservice" because the story of Commander Shepard is over. The next game is not a prequel or a sequel to his tale, Priestly wrote."


That's from an article on Polygon.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They said "one of the things players want is ... to move forward. New places, new characters."

If it was a prequel, then it wouldn't be new places or new characters. Moreover, he put emphasis on the fact that players want to "move forward." And what do most players talk about when they talk about ME4? They say they want it to be set after ME3, not before.

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Looking forward for 4 game but no Mass Affect 1,2,3 remodel games for ps4 and no dead space 4 so i guess EA Games lie.