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."

310 Comments

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

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."

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 310 comments about this story
310 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for unreal849
Unreal849

880

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

I clicked on the survey, but all the options were colors....

Avatar image for AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

297

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@4kgamer_lmxxx No need to hate on g@y people. They have a place in video games too. I could care less if a toon that happens to be male hits on me in game. It's not to be taken seriously.

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> In Fable, I would lead them out into the woods. Then punch them mercilessly until they ran. So I didn't mind either.

Avatar image for unreal849
Unreal849

880

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> ...I feel like I should share that with the police :P

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@unreal849 @ezioismyname @AzureBonds76 It was just a game. In real life I just ignore them. Them being those of the homosexual community. I could care less about them. Go be your happy selves. Just leave me alone

Avatar image for 4kgamer_lmxxx
4KGamer_LMXXX

275

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

@AzureBonds76 I have nothing against g@y/lesbians. I just don't like when the game forces homosexually suggestive content on me.

Avatar image for spartanx169x
spartanx169x

2856

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Hey I like the hot lesbian action.

Avatar image for AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

297

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Miranda dat as$

Avatar image for spartanx169x
spartanx169x

2856

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I chose to play as a female Shepard for that reason. lol


Am I pathetic ? maybe...:D

Avatar image for unreal849
Unreal849

880

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Pre-order uncancelled

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Witcher 2 nakedness or not uncancelled

Avatar image for spartanx169x
spartanx169x

2856

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'll have both. I just experienced the second nakedness scene in Witcher 2 for the first time. * SMILES*

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I knew there was adult content in The Witcher 2. LOL, was not prepared for the full frontal in the first or second cut scene.

Avatar image for unreal849
Unreal849

880

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Pre-order now and get 10 hours of Triss

Avatar image for unreal849
Unreal849

880

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> I picked red, and it told me I picked pink.

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Not purple?

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> With very similar answers? Like


........................./´¯/)
......................,/¯..//
...................../..../ /
............./´¯/'...'/´¯¯`·¸
........../'/.../..../......./¨¯\
........('(...´(..´......,~/'...')
.........\.................\/..../
..........''...\.......... _.·´
............\..............(
..............\.............\

Avatar image for unreal849
Unreal849

880

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You know, if you squint hard enough, you can see that in every color.

Avatar image for delete-easycomeeasygo
delete-EasyComeEasyGo

382

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

And the last one was Refuse.

Avatar image for AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

297

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Rut roh...another Bioware thread getting hijacked by angry people with no interest in the games anymore. If they can't please you by listening to their fans and trying to fix what was broken, perhaps it is time to move on. Some people will never be happy I suppose.


I'm looking forward to seeing what they have created and there is forgiveness for me if they just make a good game. So much awesomeness in the IP and neat things that could be done,

Avatar image for delete-easycomeeasygo
delete-EasyComeEasyGo

382

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I don't know why they need to put up a survey. If Bioware need a Survey that bad, then that tells me you don't have faith in making your own game without the fans opinions.

Avatar image for RC-Sev
RC-Sev

50

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Listening to people is overrated.

Avatar image for RC-Sev
RC-Sev

50

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Not some, everyone. Even you won't be happy.

Avatar image for leikeylosh
leikeylosh

99

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> If only that was the only problem.

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

4 color choices this time instead of 3.

Avatar image for leikeylosh
leikeylosh

99

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Indeed! The "No Dialogue Decisions" mode on ME3 was a joke!

Avatar image for unreal849
Unreal849

880

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> Screw having decisions, just pick "good guy story" or "bad guy story" at the start of the game.

Avatar image for rookybobby
rookybobby

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> worst. idea. ever.

Avatar image for ezioismyname
EzioisMyname

45

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's called sarcasm

Avatar image for deactivated-5a803cda1fb41
deactivated-5a803cda1fb41

290

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Any decent RPG wouldn't have a good and bad thing besides each choice, the idea of decisions should be just what you personally feel it should be regardless of consequence. ME3 for example forced you to be the "good" guy in order to play co-op properly which was completely stupid.

Avatar image for Jallakebab
Jallakebab

26

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

ME3 was utter and complete shit. Enjoyed the first two, but the story in ME3 was just horrible, even looking past the ending. Please let me shoot the space brat in ME4? Like right in the face?!!?

Avatar image for tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

2907

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Here's an idea for you, Bioware.... make the game YOU want to make, and don't listen to the immature, unimaginative fanboys who need to have everything wrapped up in neat little ribbons for them because they like their worlds to be cosy and predictable and nonthreatening.


I swear to God fans are the worst thing to ever happen to anything :)

Avatar image for 4kgamer_lmxxx
4KGamer_LMXXX

275

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> You're absolutely ret@rded for saying that. Devs have a tendency to f*** up their games that's why they NEED their fans feedback to keep their games good. Heck even if we talk solely about Mass Effect, the first two games were great, but the third one was a major step back, the point being that devs need to be kept in check by their fans or the series will die, be it ME or otherwise.

Avatar image for tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

2907

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Disagree. Artists don't need to do what fans tell them; they need to do what they want to do, and take risks. It's better to be an honourable failure on your own terms than a dishonourable success on someone else's. Original ME3 ending was waaay more artistically interesting than the predictable neat-little-package fans demanded.

Avatar image for lilhurk1985187
lilhurk1985187

407

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Games are a business not art.

Avatar image for tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

2907

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Can't they be both?

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So it's the player's fault that Bioware decided to end a trilogy (which people sank hundreds of hours into) by allowing the player to choose between the colors red, blue and purple? Some random star child? Basically telling the player that everything they've done in the past 2 games were meaningless... and it's OUR FAULT?

A video game is not art. The Godfather is not art. It's entertainment. And when entertainment is rubbish, people voice their opinion.

Avatar image for tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

2907

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@simsumre @tom_cat_01 @4kgamer_lmxxx The idea that everything the player has done for 2 games is meaningless is a GREAT idea of an ending. It's different, challenging, it presents a cold-universe anti-hero nihilistic philosophy; it's unexpected, it's open-ended and it invites questions.


I'm so sick of the same THE SAME THE SAME when it comes to heroes and rewards for their valiance and neat endings and etc. etc.


(and videogames ARE art: they have music written by composers, visual art created by trained artists, vocal and physical actor performances, scripts, narrative etc. all of which are, IMHO artistic things).

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No, it's a slap in the face. Bioware could have still completely destroyed the entire universe and I would have been okay with it. The laziness that was seen here is my issue... taking a stock photo and using it as Tali? Color coded endings? Random star kid because eh why not? These are my issues, not that everything didn't end in a field or roses and sunshine.

Avatar image for tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

2907

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I wish more writers would slap their audiences in the face. It might wake them up. :)

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I wish more writers would understand that they have no audience and thus no career when they go around slapping paying customers. They have a roof over their head and food on their table because they need an audience, their audience does not need them.

Avatar image for tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

2907

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's such a capitalistic approach to art. The goal of great art isn't making money and feeding the writer, it's to do something original, to say something about the world, to NOT play it safe, to be a maverick and a risk taker and actually f*ucking feel something beyond the desire to make money. Just because Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books make her more money than Michael Cisco's avant-garde experimental fiction doesn't mean that she's a better writer than he his. It's not all about the market.



Avatar image for The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

612

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I actually looked up what nihilism was yesturday. Wondered for years what it meant. I can also safely say that nihilism is a huge pile of tosh! This is why Alien 3 sucked as well. My main hobby is writing, I'm doing my own thing on it, yet I like it to make sense, take as much time as possible to iron out any plot holes and not resort to any sudden deus ex machinas' -which star child so clearly was. I also posit that if people do not deried any joy from what you have created, then what was the point in the undertaking? The whole point of art is to satisfy both the creator and those who encounter it, other wise somebody scraping their nails across a black board is arguably as great as Holst, Strauss or Tchaikovsky.

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's always about money, it always has been. Pope Julius II commisioned Michelangelo to pain the ceiling of the sistine chapel. As much emotion and talent goes into true art, it's rarely done without charge.

Avatar image for 4kgamer_lmxxx
4KGamer_LMXXX

275

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

@simsumre @tom_cat_01 @4kgamer_lmxxx ^ THIS IS A FACT! PROPS TO YOU GUY!

Avatar image for 4kgamer_lmxxx
4KGamer_LMXXX

275

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You like half-assed endings, good for you. But actual PROPER gamers don't like to be fed with bullshit conclusions in their games and that's why the MAJORITY of ME fans disliked ME3 ending. And also, the ending wasn't the only shitty thing about ME3 either but you're the kind of fanboy who wouldn't even look at the flaws of their favorite game...

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Problem is, this is Bioware. The last time people were upset they blamed them because they didn't enjoy their masterpiece. It's not about voicing an opinion when it comes to giants like EA, the only language they understand is money. When you stop feeding the beast it begins to listen. You boycott the product until it either improves or goes away completely.

Avatar image for 4kgamer_lmxxx
4KGamer_LMXXX

275

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, you're right... I guess we just gotta deal with it eh?

Avatar image for liron99
liron99

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

No artistic integrity please!

Avatar image for lilhurk1985187
lilhurk1985187

407

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> Agreed 100%

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> I believe you mean "autistic" masterpiece.

Avatar image for nparks
nparks

683

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

And in related news, Bioware is immediately inundated by right-wing homophobes submitting surveys demanding "No gays!"

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@nparks So all homophobes are right-wing now? Interesting theory. I have another! Less than 1% of the world's population identify themselves as homosexual, yet 99% of the entertainment and media in the western world shoves this "lifestyle" down the rest of our collective throats. Simply asking whom this is being pushed towards now makes one "homophobic", I suppose.

But enjoy your modern day witch hunt, labeling anyone with an opinion that differs from your own as racist, sexist and/or homophobic. Censorship is a beautiful thing when it's only aimed at that which you disagree with.

Avatar image for nparks
nparks

683

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> I was going to disagree, but I can't argue with your made-up stats. Look ma, no facts!

Avatar image for jemoedr
jemoedr

211

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

@konstantinxy I guess they also use it for the events on the last page.

Avatar image for deactivated-58270bc086e0d
deactivated-58270bc086e0d

2317

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 113

User Lists: 0

I did it. Took three minutes and even though it is likely to be ignored completely I still want to put my vote down for an open world Mass Effect game that actually has dialogue choices that aren't just pointless and transparent.

Sick of Bioware games with their corridor running missions.

Avatar image for delete-easycomeeasygo
delete-EasyComeEasyGo

382

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I'm not gonna bother with this survey as if Casey Hudson and his master EA will give a damn about the fans survey.

Is Mass Effect trilogy still coming to PS4 and Xbox One, if they can fix Mass Effect 3 to not suck, me and my wallet will look into it.

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> Once DA:I completely fails, and I'm sure it will, Bioware will have zero credibility left. Nobody will even care about Mass Effect and we can all finally move on.

Avatar image for RC-Sev
RC-Sev

50

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm afraid Bioware can crap on a plate and still sell a lot.

Avatar image for jemoedr
jemoedr

211

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Would be a shame though, DA:O and Mass Effect where awesome.

Avatar image for simsumre
simsumre

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yes they were. And they were also the last games made by Bioware before EA bought them out. Now look at the garbage we have to deal with. EA is cancer.

Avatar image for lilhurk1985187
lilhurk1985187

407

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Agreed.