BioWare Montreal Building Next Mass Effect Game

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Posted by patrickklepek (2208 posts) -
Commander Shepard's story may be over, and it's a question of whether BioWare chooses to go forward in the story, or carve a niche elsewhere.

That BioWare is moving forward with another Mass Effect game is not surprising. What that next Mass Effect game becomes, given the mixed response to Mass Effect 3, is going to be interesting to watch. We should see a slightly different take on the universe, though, with BioWare Montreal at the lead.

The other Mass Effect games were developed largely at BioWare Edmonton. Series executive producer Casey Hudson will remain a principle lead on the game, but he will have a new project director under him based in Montreal. That director will be heading the day-to-day development.

“While it [the new game] will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games,” said studio director Yanik Roy in a blog post, “with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts. You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling.”

It will also be taking a huge technological leap forward, with BioWare leveraging DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine. The Dragon Age team is already experienced with that move; Dragon Age III’s built on it.

What lessons Montreal takes from Mass Effect 3 remain a mystery. The multiplayer garnered a bigger response than anyone could have expected, even amongst the most cynical, and the series was becoming more and more of a competent, enjoyable action game. Will the next one complete the transition, and largely leave its RPG trappings behind? Don’t color me shocked if it happens.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (2208 posts) -
Commander Shepard's story may be over, and it's a question of whether BioWare chooses to go forward in the story, or carve a niche elsewhere.

That BioWare is moving forward with another Mass Effect game is not surprising. What that next Mass Effect game becomes, given the mixed response to Mass Effect 3, is going to be interesting to watch. We should see a slightly different take on the universe, though, with BioWare Montreal at the lead.

The other Mass Effect games were developed largely at BioWare Edmonton. Series executive producer Casey Hudson will remain a principle lead on the game, but he will have a new project director under him based in Montreal. That director will be heading the day-to-day development.

“While it [the new game] will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games,” said studio director Yanik Roy in a blog post, “with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts. You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling.”

It will also be taking a huge technological leap forward, with BioWare leveraging DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine. The Dragon Age team is already experienced with that move; Dragon Age III’s built on it.

What lessons Montreal takes from Mass Effect 3 remain a mystery. The multiplayer garnered a bigger response than anyone could have expected, even amongst the most cynical, and the series was becoming more and more of a competent, enjoyable action game. Will the next one complete the transition, and largely leave its RPG trappings behind? Don’t color me shocked if it happens.

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#2 Posted by Epidehl (327 posts) -

Woo-hoo I guess?

#3 Posted by xMEGADETHxSLY (446 posts) -

MOAR LENS FLARE

#4 Posted by Beefy_Face (7 posts) -

Why is EA pushing Frostbite 2 so hard?

#5 Posted by hippocrit (255 posts) -

More mass effect!

#6 Posted by mbr2 (570 posts) -

I thought they ended the story? Oh wait this is the video game industry, where money speaks louder than artistic integrity.

#7 Posted by Irvandus (2879 posts) -

@xMEGADETHxSLY said:

MOAR LENS FLARE

#8 Posted by zombie2011 (5048 posts) -

@Beefy_Face said:

Why is EA pushing Frostbite 2 so hard?

Because they own it and it produces gorgeous looking games.

#9 Edited by Nightriff (5328 posts) -

We won't see a different take on the franchise. This is EA we are talking about, despite what people thought of 3 it still sold extremely well and did receive a lot of praise, there is no reason to make it different by any means. People will by the next ME game but I will not.

EDIT: And I do hope that it returns to the style of the first game, ME as a action game was fine but I remember spending hours on the citadel talking to characters and doing missions where I don't just shoot people, the other 2 not so much sadly.

#10 Posted by Morningstar (2238 posts) -

@mbr2 said:

I thought they ended the story? Oh wait this is the video game industry, where money speaks louder than artistic integrity.

This is a new story without Shepard.

#11 Edited by GooieGreen (454 posts) -

EA, the quote reads "don't fire 'til you see the whites of their eyes".

#12 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

It won't be, but it should be a completely different genre. That universe is so full of amazing possibilities (even if my enthusiasm for it has wayned) that it would be criminal to stick to the same gameplay. How about a turn based strategy game, civ style, where you play the Mass Effect universe. Choose your race, and shape how it develops from the end of the Prothean cycle. Maybe humans reach their relay before the Asari? Who knows?

Or even a Character Action Game as a justicar, or a space combat game with Joker, or a detective story set on the citadel, or bloody anything!

#13 Posted by Gruff182 (875 posts) -

Tower Defence/Dating Simulator

#14 Posted by VicRattlehead (1400 posts) -

@xMEGADETHxSLY said:

MOAR LENS FLARE

#15 Posted by mancopter (74 posts) -

They want to push Frostbite 2 so they don't have to keep licensing the Unreal Engine.

However, I despise EA and I am over Mass Effect. Soooo, pass.

#16 Posted by doobie (605 posts) -

@Beefy_Face said:

Why is EA pushing Frostbite 2 so hard?

cos its a great engine they spent a fuck tonne of money developing.

#17 Posted by RE_Player1 (7526 posts) -

@zombie2011 said:

@Beefy_Face said:

Why is EA pushing Frostbite 2 so hard?

Because they own it and it produces gorgeous looking games.

Other than Battlefield 3, and really Battlefield 3 on PC, all the other games on Frostbite 2 look like shit.

#18 Posted by LobsterMobster (59 posts) -

"I sure hope they make it into another generic FPS." - absolutely nobody

#19 Posted by TehJedicake (900 posts) -

@msavo said:

@zombie2011 said:

@Beefy_Face said:

Why is EA pushing Frostbite 2 so hard?

Because they own it and it produces gorgeous looking games.

Other than Battlefield 3, and really Battlefield 3 on PC, all the other games on Frostbite 2 look like shit.

You mean all of the other two games that are currently out using Frostbite 2?

#20 Edited by doobie (605 posts) -

@TehJedicake said:

@msavo said:

@zombie2011 said:

@Beefy_Face said:

Why is EA pushing Frostbite 2 so hard?

Because they own it and it produces gorgeous looking games.

Other than Battlefield 3, and really Battlefield 3 on PC, all the other games on Frostbite 2 look like shit.

You mean all of the other two games that are currently out using Frostbite 2?

which actually look great. the graphic were not the problem with those games

but this is the internet so.... must... hate ..... anything..... EA!!!!!

#21 Posted by BigChief (503 posts) -
Will the next one complete the transition, and largely leave its RPG trappings behind? Don’t color me shocked if it happens.

Well that would certainly be one way to make me stop paying attention to the series entirely, but I suppose I already didn't buy ME3, so go nuts! Who cares!

Fuck Bioware.

#22 Posted by DarthB (260 posts) -

@mbr2: Vote with your wallet. Don't like the game/developer/publisher then don't buy the game. It's that fucking simple.

#23 Posted by SomeJerk (3389 posts) -

I hope they stop pretending and make it official that it's a full on third person action game this time.

#24 Posted by GaspoweR (3480 posts) -

@Beefy_Face: It's cheaper than licensing the Unreal Engine and they own DICE who built it. Besides, if one of their own devs creates an engine, why not use it?

#25 Posted by lockload (80 posts) -

They wat they lied about mass effect 3 im over the series right now

#26 Posted by Rirse (275 posts) -

Can you play as the Star Child this time?

#27 Posted by RE_Player1 (7526 posts) -

@doobie said:

@TehJedicake said:

@msavo said:

@zombie2011 said:

@Beefy_Face said:

Why is EA pushing Frostbite 2 so hard?

Because they own it and it produces gorgeous looking games.

Other than Battlefield 3, and really Battlefield 3 on PC, all the other games on Frostbite 2 look like shit.

You mean all of the other two games that are currently out using Frostbite 2?

which actually look great. the graphic were not the problem with those games

but this is the internet so.... must... hate ..... anything..... EA!!!!!

Yup I hate everything EA which is why I'm looking forward to Dead Space 3 and have been playing Battlefield 3 ever since it came out... Seriously though Need for Speed The Run looks and runs like shit and Medal of Honor Warfighter looks like crap to. Screenshots for them look great but in motion they are average at best.

#28 Posted by Bumpton (455 posts) -

I'm totally down with this. Can't wait to see what direction they take it. More of anything set in the Mass Effect universe and I'm intrigued.

#29 Posted by Solh0und (1846 posts) -
@Epidehl said:

Woo-hoo I guess?

#30 Posted by GalacticPunt (1105 posts) -

With their penchant for focus-testing the piss out of everything, I predict 100% more iron sights in the new installment.

#31 Posted by ZGoon (274 posts) -

I hope this isn't more about reapers and protheans and stuff. I want to see more about the different races and conflicts between the races. It would be cool if they went back to humans first contact with aliens. Also I hope they make it an RPG first and a shooter second. I did like weapon customization and stuff from 3 but it would be cool if there was actual loot and more diverse weapon and armor types.

#32 Edited by sandweed (146 posts) -

Garrus Vakarian in "Archangel" an Omega Noir Story.

I'm fucking ready.

#33 Posted by WiqidBritt (580 posts) -

@BigChief said:

Will the next one complete the transition, and largely leave its RPG trappings behind? Don’t color me shocked if it happens.

Well that would certainly be one way to make me stop paying attention to the series entirely, but I suppose I already didn't buy ME3, so go nuts! Who cares!

Fuck Bioware.

Well, someone seems to have had piss in their cornflakes this morning. Funny how as the games get better and better to actually play, they generate more and more irrational hatred from people who claimed to be 'fans' of the franchise.

#34 Posted by GalacticPunt (1105 posts) -

@Rirse said:

Can you play as the Star Child this time?

Better with Kinect.

"Xbox! My God, it's full of stars!"

#35 Posted by yeah_write (219 posts) -

@Tylea002 said:

It won't be, but it should be a completely different genre. That universe is so full of amazing possibilities (even if my enthusiasm for it has wayned) that it would be criminal to stick to the same gameplay. How about a turn based strategy game, civ style, where you play the Mass Effect universe. Choose your race, and shape how it develops from the end of the Prothean cycle. Maybe humans reach their relay before the Asari? Who knows?

Or even a Character Action Game as a justicar, or a space combat game with Joker, or a detective story set on the citadel, or bloody anything!

Yeah, say what you will about the end of the trilogy, Bioware did a fantastic job at creating a rich, dense and interesting universe. I think they need to just go ahead and set up Bioware Mass Effect, a studio dedicated to making cool games of different genres set in the awesome Mass Effect universe.

#36 Posted by RE_Player1 (7526 posts) -

@WiqidBritt said:

@BigChief said:

Will the next one complete the transition, and largely leave its RPG trappings behind? Don’t color me shocked if it happens.

Well that would certainly be one way to make me stop paying attention to the series entirely, but I suppose I already didn't buy ME3, so go nuts! Who cares!

Fuck Bioware.

Well, someone seems to have had piss in their cornflakes this morning. Funny how as the games get better and better to actually play, they generate more and more irrational hatred from people who claimed to be 'fans' of the franchise.

That's a matter of opinion. Personally I found ME2 much more fun to play than 3.

#37 Posted by Little_Socrates (5711 posts) -

Pretty sure this next game will still have dynamic dialogue choices and, you know, actual roleplaying. I never understood the furious urge by people to make the combat systems in an RPG more and more complicated and that not doing so undermines the quality of the game.

Well, wait. Maybe I do. It's a tangible detail you can point to when a game gets less interesting for multiple subtler reasons that has eventually led to a general disdain for streamlining and simplification.

#38 Edited by TheKing (844 posts) -

Yawn.

More interested in watching EA slowly destroy the Bioware name.

#39 Posted by BigChief (503 posts) -

@msavo said:

@WiqidBritt said:

@BigChief said:

Will the next one complete the transition, and largely leave its RPG trappings behind? Don’t color me shocked if it happens.

Well that would certainly be one way to make me stop paying attention to the series entirely, but I suppose I already didn't buy ME3, so go nuts! Who cares!

Fuck Bioware.

Well, someone seems to have had piss in their cornflakes this morning. Funny how as the games get better and better to actually play, they generate more and more irrational hatred from people who claimed to be 'fans' of the franchise.

That's a matter of opinion. Personally I found ME2 much more fun to play than 3.

As someone who enjoys RPGs and is getting really bored by shooters, I'd still rather play Mass Effect 1, rough edges and all.

#40 Posted by RE_Player1 (7526 posts) -

@BigChief: If ME1 had more accuracy when it came to the aiming I'd be right there with you.

#41 Posted by mancopter (74 posts) -

@TheKing said:

Yawn.

More interested in watching EA slowly destroy the Bioware name.

Me too.

#42 Posted by Yorkin (142 posts) -

Mass Effect is the most popular game series that I absolutely dislike. Seems like the cool thing to do on the internet nowadays is hate on Call of Duty, but I hate Mass Effect and that doesn't make me feel cool at all.

#43 Edited by The_Ruiner (1138 posts) -

@msavo said:

@WiqidBritt said:

@BigChief said:

Will the next one complete the transition, and largely leave its RPG trappings behind? Don’t color me shocked if it happens.

Well that would certainly be one way to make me stop paying attention to the series entirely, but I suppose I already didn't buy ME3, so go nuts! Who cares!

Fuck Bioware.

Well, someone seems to have had piss in their cornflakes this morning. Funny how as the games get better and better to actually play, they generate more and more irrational hatred from people who claimed to be 'fans' of the franchise.

That's a matter of opinion. Personally I found ME2 much more fun to play than 3.

Yeah I can shoot shit in a ton of different games..there are literally dozens of shooters on the market...Games that gave you what ME 1 and to a slightly lesser degree gave you are few and far between...

#44 Posted by CookieMonster (2448 posts) -

Yeeaaah another franchise to beat into the ground, woooo.

#45 Posted by MeatSim (10938 posts) -

If Frostbite 2 engine means less linear corridors in Mass Effect and Dragon Age then I am happy.

#46 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

After the ending of ME3, I can't really see any way they can move the series forward.

That being said, I think BioWare should try to just make Firefly: The Game in the Mass Effect universe. I.E. ragtag bunch of misfits try to pull off heists throughout the galaxy, while slowly growing closer and learning more about each other. I don't think I can save the universe again.

#47 Edited by BoOzak (996 posts) -

Curious to see what Frostbite 2 looks like when it's not being used to simulate the most boring looking enviroments imaginable.

#48 Posted by heatDrive88 (2398 posts) -

A Mass Effect game as a Typing of the Dead clone.

Called it.

#49 Posted by ptys (1992 posts) -

Mass Effect 1 and 2 where such a unique experience. Will be such a shame if they continue to try and appease this shooter audience who will never experience most of what made the series great in the first place.

#50 Edited by Laner (6 posts) -

@MeatSim said:

If Frostbite 2 engine means less linear corridors in Mass Effect and Dragon Age then I am happy.

Linear corridors are a defining feature of Bioware games, going back to KOTOR and probably further.

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