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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arcanitejedi

Although a survey isn't necessarily a bad thing, last time I checked they said they were half way thru the development cycle. So this could mean 2 thing IMO:

1.this is just to "show" they "care" about the opinion of the fans but still will not change any part of their "vision" for the game

2.they absolutely have no idea what the f*** they're doing with the game.

I really, REALLY hope it is the former.

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AzureBonds76

<< LINK REMOVED >> Prolly just your typical PR bs to get people talking about the game.

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spartanx169x

<< LINK REMOVED >> Maybe both.

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RC-Sev

Can we... Have another developer for Mass Effect?

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arcanitejedi

@RC-Sev There was a time I would laugh at that comment and would think you were crazy.


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delete-EasyComeEasyGo

Who do you have in mind?

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RC-Sev

@EasyComeEasyGo That's really a hard question. I'd say Visceral could give it a try.

Edit: I just thought about an excellent replacement - Obsidian!

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HaughtyMoose

<< LINK REMOVED >> Too bad...EA is trying destroy Visceral with the damn battlefield hardline just like they did to Pandemic Studios right now.

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Grimkillah

<< LINK REMOVED >> Visceral is a thorn in EA's side for years, they went for single-player horror game in Dead Space 1, forced to add MP in Dead Space 2 but make it optional (aka no achievements), and forced again to add microtransation in Dead Space 3 but give you Scavenger Bots to farm the resources for free. Visceral have been undermining EA's authority for years, I am sure they will prevail once again.

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Unreal849

<< LINK REMOVED >> Bethesda should handle RPG elements and story, Bungie to handle gameplay.

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Turbojugend16

<< LINK REMOVED >> LOL bugthesda to handle RPG elements? To dumb them down, sure. Story? You mean a story that was written by an android. Ugh...

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simsumre

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Bethesda handle story? I mean, anything is better than star child, but Bethesda?

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RC-Sev

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Bethesda is good, don't see a problem here.

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Unreal849

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well Bethesda, Obsidian, or CDPR. How about that?

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simsumre

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> of the 3, id probably go with cdpr. obsidian is okay, they've done a lot of work with bioware in the past, but I honestly can't think of a single game made or even published by bethesda that had an amazing story. they're better with just creating amazing open worlds.

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The-Neon-Seal

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Bethesda are good at lore, but that's about it.

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Unreal849

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I enjoyed FO3 a lot.

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simsumre

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> As did I, but not because it had an amazing story. Skyrim the same. I just think that Bethesda does exploration right, their weakness has always been story and combat (to some extent).

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Unreal849

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I like the story, but you're right, maybe Obsidian is better.

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NothingForMoney

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Can we just have both Bethesda and CDPR?

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RC-Sev

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I enjoyed Fallout NV even more.

The ending DLC for F3 really helped the game. I'm personally not a big fan of vanilla drama.

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simsumre

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> NV was Obsidian.

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RC-Sev

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh right! I keep forgetting that.

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simsumre

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That game is still a buggy mess lol. Good though.

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RC-Sev

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I was lucky, didn't experience a lot.

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RC-Sev

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Hm, that's a smart choice. Giving full control to Bethesda might end up getting a lot of bugs. :)

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Unreal849

@RC-Sev ^This X 1000


...or, at least, fire Casey Hudson. Out of a cannon. Into space.

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simsumre

<< LINK REMOVED >> SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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delete-EasyComeEasyGo

You know, I feel a lot better if MS acquires the rights to Bioware again since the first game was spot-on.

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Nazgoroth

As if EA listens to anything other than the sound of profit... Rofl.

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RC-Sev

<< LINK REMOVED >> They listen. And then add DLC.

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pezzott1

@nazgoroth They do but all they see are microtransactions and DLC.