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Next Mass Effect Features Several Veterans On Its Development Team

Several Mass Effect trilogy veterans are back at BioWare and are working on the next chapter in the series.


Back in November, BioWare confirmed that not only was a new Mass Effect game in development but that it would include a veteran team of developers led by project director Mike Gamble. With the first teaser trailer for the project surfacing at The Game Awards last week, Gamble introduced several members of that project on his Twitter account today.

Dusty Everman, who Gamble described as being "one of the key people responsible for bringing the original Normandy to life," is now the principal narrative designer for the next Mass Effect, while Mass Effect trilogy cinematic director Parrish Levy has joined the project as its creative director. Joining Everman and Levy is 20-year BioWare veteran and producer Brenon Holmes, who is also currently working on Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.

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"Brenon is a veteran of 3 Mass Effect games," Gamble said. "His ingenuity and work helps to bring amazing gameplay systems to the Mass Effect Universe. Brenon is one of many who want to bring you the game you deserve. As time goes on, you'll get to know more of us."

Mass Effect and Anthem's art director Derek Watts was the last name mentioned, with Gamble saying that Watts is "ready to rock."

While the next Mass Effect game will have plenty of experience to guide the development of the next chapter, it'll be done without the original game's creative director, Casey Hudson. Hudson returned to BioWare several years ago as a general manager while Anthem was in development, but announced earlier this month that he would once again be leaving the studio.

Next year will also see a return to the Normandy, as Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is scheduled for release on consoles and PC. Including the original trilogy and all of its DLC, the first three Mass Effect games will also feature upgraded visuals, better character models, and more contemporary effects added to the classic saga.

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