New Mass Effect Game Reportedly In Very Early Development At BioWare Edmonton

It sounds like we won't hear anything concrete on the project for a very long time.

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Apparently all of those Mass Effect-related tweets this past N7 Day wasn't just BioWare employees teasing fans. According to a report, the studio is working on a fifth Mass Effect title.

According to Kotaku, BioWare Edmonton--the studio responsible for developing the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series--is "in very early development" on a new Mass Effect game. The project is being led by BioWare project director Mike Gamble--whose previous work includes serving as the producer for Mass Effect: Andromeda and lead producer for Anthem.

This past N7 Day--an annual holiday BioWare holds every November 7 to celebrate Mass Effect--several BioWare tweets hinted that work on a new Mass Effect title had officially begun. "Where do you want Mass Effect to go in the future?" Gamble tweeted, following up that there are still "so many stories yet to tell." BioWare boss Casey Hudson tweeted that he's been thinking about "where [BioWare wants] to go next" for Mass Effect and also posted several pieces of previously unreleased Mass Effect concept art--ideas that the studio hadn't yet "brought to life."

However, before N7 Day, BioWare was already insisting that more Mass Effect games are on the way. In February 2019, Hudson said that Mass Effect is "very much alive." Gamble added that "of course" BioWare isn't finished with Mass Effect.

In celebration of N7 Day 2019, BioWare also added limited-time Mass Effect-themed cosmetics to Anthem, including four new javelin skins, a javelin wrap, and an emote. In the aforementioned Kotaku report, sources at BioWare state that the studio is not yet done with Anthem. Though exact details are still in flux, BioWare wants to completely overhaul Anthem, transforming it into an "Anthem 2.0 or Anthem Next."

"We spent a few months just tearing [Anthem] down and figuring out what needed to change fundamentally," one person told Kotaku. "And we've been rebuilding for another few months since."

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