Bioware tease new Mass Effect game and fresh new universe


Bioware’s been all about the announcements of late. Ealier today we learned that both the studio’s co-founders, Doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, are retiring from the studio and from the games industry. And, to balance out this stock-shattering news, Bioware have announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, a new Mass Effect game, and a whole new IP.

We learned about the Dragon Age sequel yesterday but more on the other two announcements after the jump.

Writing about the doctors’ departure, Bioware’s general manager, Aaryn Flynn, wrote “Executive Producer Casey Hudson and his team are coming off an amazing eight-year run with the Mass Effect trilogy. But they’re not done yet. We are releasing more multiplayer content and we have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the Fall. But the Mass Effect universe is vast, and Casey and our teams have plans for another full game.

“Both Dragon Age and Mass Effect started as single games but grew into vast universes. But we aren’t stopping there. While Casey continues to oversee the development of our new Mass Effect project, he and his leads are putting together their vision for an all new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology.”

So, Hudson’s helming a new Mass Effect game, though it sounds as though it’s not being billed as a direct sequeland rather going the route of spin-off title set in the same world as the other games, and also a new IP that’s being developed for the next generation of consoles and will, most likely, appear on PC.

Details are sparse, and will likely remain sparse till at least the next consoles are announced by their manufacturers – can’t have companies talking about what games their making for the next generation platforms when said platforms have yet to be revealed now, can we? – and that Mass Effect title, well, until they’ve released all the DLC for the Mass Effect 3 expect the PR machine to be only spooling over.

That all said, when we know more, you’ll know more (because we’ll tell you, not because we’ll be behind the times).