Next Mass Effect: Now Is Your Chance to Leave Feedback for BioWare

Developer launches survey in hopes of making the next Mass Effect game "the best one yet."

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BioWare has launched a fan survey asking fans to provide feedback to help make the next Mass Effect game "the best one yet." Producer Mike Gamble tweeted a link to the survey, which asks players what games they have played recently and what aspects of a new Mass Effect game they are most looking forward to. The options include Story, Exploration, Combat, and Customization. You can rank those choices from 1 (least) to 7 (most). The survey also asks you to elaborate on your choices and mention if BioWare left anything out.

The Mass Effect survey also asks how many hours you spend per week playing role-playing games and asks you to rank your top three RPG activities; options include engaging in combat, leveling up, and exploring alternative story outcomes, among others. In addition, the survey asks if you are planning to attend San Diego Comic Con (July), Gamescom (August), or PAX Prime (August-September), and if you enjoy cosplaying.

Not long after the survey was distributed last night, Gamble said BioWare has seen an "overwhelming response to the survey so far." He went on to say that he has "reading material for a month" and that he doesn't want responses to stop yet. "Keep 'em coming," he said.

If you're eager for more news about the next Mass Effect game, you don't have much longer to wait, as BioWare designers will talk about the project at San Diego Comic-Con next week. The new Mass Effect game does not have a release date yet and platforms have not been announced.

What we do know is that it leaves the story of Commander Shepard and the first three games behind. BioWare began teasing images from the new game in November 2013, and shortly thereafter we learned it is already playable. Overall, the next Mass Effect game is described as "fresh but recognizable."

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kingcrimson24

1. Story

2. Combat

3. Customization

4. Visuals design and Art style

5. Exploration

6. Soundtrack

7. Graphics

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MasterSatsujin

<< LINK REMOVED >> I fixed this for you.

1. DLC

2.Graphics

3.Combat

4. Exploration

5. Visuals design and Art style

6. Soundtrack

7. Story

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DigiGamerX

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Make that free DLC's, we already paid for the game.

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kharens

<< LINK REMOVED >> i like this list except i would bump exploration up two notches. it is a huge galaxy and we haven't been able to explore much of it at all ... except for scanning the surfaces which is just super fun!

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The-Neon-Seal

<< LINK REMOVED >> I would also stress greater care for the plot -eg. where each character is at any given moment.

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GrayF0X786

Leave EA

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MasterSatsujin

<< LINK REMOVED >> EA is a great company.

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lilhurk1985187

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No they are not.In fact i have faith they will be voted worst company three years running.

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Shantmaster_K

Story, exploration, and music

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >> Can you hum a single tune from any Mass Effect game? The music isn't memorable at all.

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meedokicky

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i disagree. "Leaving earth" in ME3 and the illusive man's theme in ME2 are some of my favorite game ost.

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The-Neon-Seal

<< LINK REMOVED >> 'Nuff said.

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corrus

Oh yeah and Metal soundtrack would be awesome

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The-Neon-Seal

<< LINK REMOVED >> Metal is for battlescenes, electronica for anything else. I would suggest accoustic, but it really isn't that sort of science fiction.

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AzureBonds76

<< LINK REMOVED >> Ambient electronica is a good kind of music for sci-fi. I think some of the stuff in the games fits nicely. Space music to me.

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The-Neon-Seal

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> As I said, more accoustic stuff works for sci-fi too -Amy MacDonald, First Aid Kit type stuff- but only certain kinds of Sci-fi. A more fairy tale experience -unless a character has a prefrerence for that kind of music, maybe an indie fan?

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g1rldraco7

I just did the survey and let's see what they have done so far which wont be much.

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northArrow

I'm curious to se where this series is going, God I hope its not a prequel.

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daikkenaurora12

I actually like the exploration parts of ME2 that actually had something to offer.


Space battles would be nice as well.


A new class option: Dancer. All your character does is dance.

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The-Neon-Seal

<< LINK REMOVED >> With todays disk spaces, they can easily weld a freelancer clone to the proceedings!

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The-Neon-Seal

A big open world in uncharted space! That is all... Also, don't change writers last minuite, and if you must, don't let the guy in charge, no matter how much he wants to!

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Chr0noid

Yes, I have some feedback! Please either bring back Shepard for ME 4 or offer actual closure for us High-Asset Destroy fans!

....Hmm? What's that? Shepard's story is done? That's all we're getting?

*puts wallet back in pocket and walks out front door*

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T-_-K

<< LINK REMOVED >> no i wouldn't like to bring shepard back, they just need to make unbiased unique genuine characters and they're good to go

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lilhurk1985187

<< LINK REMOVED >> Hilarious.I have to say i wont buy this or any Bioware game new ever again. I will wait till the GOTY version and buy it used.

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The-Neon-Seal

<< LINK REMOVED >> The old trilogy is done, dusted and history. Time for them to make something better and -hopefully- learn from their mistakes.

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Chr0noid

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You have to admit you made a mistake to learn from said mistake. As far as I know, Bioware has yet to do that.

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OldDadGamer

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, they have. That's why they released the extended edition/cut/whatever. That's the ONLY time I've ever seen a dev redo a disappointing ending. I could list many other games that could've used that.

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The extended cut didn't change anything about the structure of the ending. They completely misunderstood their mistake and compounded it.

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The-Neon-Seal

@olddadgamer @Chr0noid @The-Neon-Seal Everybody complains about the ending to 3, but I think the whole story -in 3, not the other 2- sucked.

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AzureBonds76

<< LINK REMOVED >> EA's iron grip is the reason DA 2 was the way it was and Mass Effect 3 had the crap ending. I am surprised DA 2 was 30 hours long and had some ok parts to it given it was released in 18 months.

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OldDadGamer

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> ME3s ending was going to suck no matter what (or, at least disappoint). Three games, 120 hours, a bazillion characters.... there's no way to put a nice happy bow on that that's going to cover all of it. I have a feeling that Geralt's story will not have the...um... total closure we want. How can it?


It's sorta like all the people that were really excited for the last episode of Lost. 110 hours making it complex..... two hours to explain it all..... yeah..... right.


It's the curse of long assed game narratives.

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Chr0noid

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's a pretty lame excuse to have a crappy ending. You're basically excusing developer and writer laziness.

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AzureBonds76

@olddadgamer Yea I guess we will see in Feb. I know what you mean about Lost too one of the only TV shows I watched from beginning to end. When I saw The Desolation of Smaug I was like "woot there's Kate"

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The-Neon-Seal

@olddadgamer @AzureBonds76 I was very satisifed with the ending I picked -sythesis, the best of all possible worlds- but everything in the plot felt so thrown together, like the writers all sat down in a room for half an hour, pitched a bunch of high concept ideas around and went with the list.

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The-Neon-Seal

@Chr0noid @The-Neon-Seal Good point. As Bruce Wayne's dad asked though: 'Why do we fall?'

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corrus

From the next game i want black ending white ending purple ending yellow ending make colors for everyone to choose their favourite color LOL

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kvan33

More focus on class related skills, I remember when Tali was my electronics expert. Now everyone can hack locks. Makes you wonder why people even lock doors in the world of Mass Effect.


Less focus on dating simulation. The obligatory hook-up scene just clued me in that the game was almost over.

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AzureBonds76

<< LINK REMOVED >> Too bad we never got to see what the Quarians look like. I jumped into bed with Tali hoping to see what they looked like but no show. Mabey they will be a playable race in 4.

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Jycklarn

NO PREQUELS!!!!

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whyiscrowdpurpl

The first thing I suggested was to let us choose paragon/renegade choices freely at no penalty to selection options as the story progresses. Also that your actions (paragon/renegade choices) have more noticeable consequences including in how the rest of the crew interact with you. I asked for planetary exploration in free roam and scanning environments for resources, discovering new species, finding new technologies and randomly encountering side-mission events, like in the TV show Star Trek.