Next Mass Effect is playable, BioWare calls it "fresh but recognizable"

BioWare teases upcoming spacebound role-playing game.

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The next Mass Effect game is playable and development on the project is progressing positively, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn said today on Twitter.

"Great time playing the next Mass Effect game in Montreal. Ambitious. Beautiful. Fresh but recognizable. And fun!," Flynn said.

This is the first official update on the game's progress since BioWare shared the game's first images on Mass Effect celebration event N7 Day last month. We still don't know much of anything about the game's plot, but BioWare said last week that it will share more details in 2014.

BioWare announced the next Mass Effect game in September 2012. It will not feature Commander Shepard, as his story came to a close in last year's Mass Effect 3. The untitled game will run on the Frostbite 3 engine and, according to executive producer Casey Hudson, will be "fresh and new."

In addition to the new Mass Effect game, BioWare is working with Legendary Pictures on a Mass Effect feature film, though no release date or casting details have been divulged.

BioWare is also working on a brand new franchise, which will deliver "something new, the way we did at the very beginning of Mass Effect," Hudson said in March.

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RDBGS

I liked all 3 Mass Effects, but getting more exploration and deeper RPG elements would make me happy. Inquisition tells me Bioware is getting better at the mass appeal mixed with rpg depth (after the debacle of DA2), but Mass Effect also translated far better to action in 2 & 3 when compared to DA2. I'm pretty sure this will be an interesting game.

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RDBGS

I will say I miss distributing my own attribute points and taking fatigue into concern, but Inquisition still managed to find a degree of depth that satisfies me enough.

RPG fans like rules. I'm no exception.

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esqueejy

I'm keeping an open mind.


Open mouths tend to collect feet.

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punisher1

Lets hope the next game has a GOOD ENDING!

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Eraldus

So how many DLCs are you currently making while you're working on the game itself?

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Applecrow88

when I first read the title I imagined it said:

"Mass Effect 3 is playable, BioWare calls it "fresh but recognizable"

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vadagar1

make the game world HUGE

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Llama345

casey husdon has worked on great games. hoping to see more

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Ayato_Kamina_1

The ME universe is rich with content and lore. Make the game ambitious, have it be about the first contact war and maybe even have it so you can choose between a Human and a Turian main character and have them have different starts on their respective homeworlds and then converge on the same storyline (ie building a party and creating a peace between the races as they explore the galaxy etc.)


Would be so easy to make a game like that and it would have very good replayability with the alternative starts (a la DA:O where you could do the same)

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VakarianGirl

@Ayato_Kamina_1 They are NOT doing the First Contact War. I believe the result of Casey Hudson's poll online was that about 90% of players wanted a sequel, NOT a prequel.

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k41m

I thought ME3 was the last? And sorry but after they got rid of the city hubs and inventory that was in ME1 it turned into an action game not an RPG.

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VakarianGirl

<< LINK REMOVED >> City hubs?!?? What "City Hubs"?!?

I think you're thinking of another game......

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k41m

Same with Dragon Age 2, I hope Inquisition does it better and brings back all the armor and weapons and inventory.

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dragondeathlord

After Masseffect 3 I am done. They fired the writer of 1 and 2 and got a fool who never read the scripts of ether and admitted cheerfully he had no intention of playing ever.

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Sound_Demon

<< LINK REMOVED >> I didn't mean literally...

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dragondeathlord

After Masseffect 3 I am done. They fired the writer of 1 and 2 and got moron who never read the scripts of ether and admitted cheerfully he had no intention of playing ever.

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Sound_Demon

<< LINK REMOVED >> You can say that again!

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k41m

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> He did, unless that was the joke Lol

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XenTreX
  • US Release Date:December 31, 2097

I hope the Lazarus Project becomes a reality...so I'z can play dis here game!


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Blick09

Dont care what anyone says mass effect 1 was the best game out the series. Lets hope ea aint ruined this one aswell

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noigel

<< LINK REMOVED >>The only good game of the series, I would say...

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GameGazersDen

hmm, Lets wait n see


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grove67

when they say fresh they mean new ways for sheperd to have sex

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draven609

All I want is to be able to play as a Turian for my main character.

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Godlikan

Go back to roots and you will make fine games indeed, unless its an MMO...

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texasgoldrush

If people who are complaining did their homework, they would have found that Bioware hired the director of Ultima V Lazarus and Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning as a lead designer on the next Mass Effect.


And if they are smart enough to connect the dots, that means more openness and more exploration.

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xsonicchaos

I'm saying this about this Baolong Zhang I saw online a few times, I don't know if it's the real deal or not, but his hair is too stylish for a soldier. I'm just saying. If you want make this game to cater more to ignorant gamers that like style over substance, that's a good start.

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VoidSECT

Is it still an RPG action game hybrid or a fully fledged Shooter now, the latter wouln't surprise me and i won't buy it if that's the case. And PLEASE i want the "ability" to holster my weapon when i'm not fucking using it! so bring that back will ya.

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xsonicchaos

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Either way, you'll have to purchase many microtransactions or the Galaxy will be doomed.

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VoidSECT

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> haha no way. the galaxy shall burn then.

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Hurvl

"And fun!" It sure is good that he didn't forget to mention that the game is fun. All those other things he listed can only take a game so far :P.

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BoogieL0ve

I'm sure the first two statements of adoration were hard to croon out, but that last one? That's where it's at.

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BoogieL0ve

Lol- yeah, sure. That ain't gonna happen. Freaking console players are soo.... console players.

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BoogieL0ve

Hillary Roddom Clinton.

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Sl4cka

"It's playable" - congratulations.

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VakarianGirl

Dunno if it's just me - but I totally heard that "congratulations" in Neo's voice.

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xsonicchaos

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It's just Keanu Reeves with awesome sunglasses. Not that big of a deal.

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Ayato_Kamina_1

Drew Karpyshyn or gtfo.

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pboontap

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i seriously cannot like this comment enough


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DirkXXVI

Just to clarify whose responsible for what. EA was behind the stuff like Day 1 DLC for Javik, the tight release window to get sales before the end of the 1st financial quarter of 2012, and the increased run and gun approach. Every decision in terms of the story was made by the Bioware team that worked on ME3. Personally for me it would have been exponentially easier to live with EA sins then the mistakes made by the ME3 team on the story.

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Dexyu

<< LINK REMOVED >> Here here!!

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DirkXXVI

Saying all the right things but then again they did that before they launched Mass Effect 3.