Ex-Mass Effect dev: "the linear single-player triple-A game at EA is dead for the time being" | PCGamesN

Ex-Mass Effect dev: "the linear single-player triple-A game at EA is dead for the time being"

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Ex-BioWare game designer Manveer Heir, who worked on both Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda before leaving the company says that the company’s swing towards open-world games us a result of EA’s push towards microtransactions.

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On a recent Waypoint podcast, Hier, who worked at BioWare Montreal for seven years, claims the publisher is “generally pushing for more open-world games. And the reason is you can monetise them better,” and that the reason card packs were added to the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer was that they could “get people to keep coming back to a thing instead of 'just' playing for 60 to 100 hours?”

The success of the card packs in Mass Effect 3 has directly impacted the direction the studio as a whole has taken over recent years. Heir says that “the amount of money we made just off those card packs was so significant that's the reason Dragon Age has multiplayer, that's the reason other EA products started getting multiplayer that hadn't really had them before, because we nailed it and brought in a ton of money,” and goes on to claim that he’s “seen people literally spend $15,000 on Mass Effect multiplayer cards."

Heir goes on to suggest that the very existence of Anthem, BioWare’s upcoming multiplayer RPG, is down to the amount of money studios can make from microtransactions, and that “the linear single-player triple-A game at EA is dead for the time being," tying Mass Effect’s multiplayer to the recent closure of Visceral Games.

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Xerkics Avatar
9 Months ago

Micro-transactions are cancer.

JTP1 Avatar
9 Months ago

That has been apparent with their last two releases. Doesn't give me much hope for the next DA game. I have never been one to want games to fail, but I'm kind of hoping Anthem dies a quick death to send a message to EA.

If DA4 is as bad as MEA was, then I'm done with Bioware and EA for good. I have zero interest in anything else EA has to offer.

NihlusGreen Avatar
9 Months ago

I feel the same way. But if Anthem fails we can expect BioWare to be shutdown also?

I hope other devs can step up to this huge SP RPG space, because I doubt EA is going to provide much here.

ceruleanesk Avatar
9 Months ago

I fear you may be right about closure, so I hope Anthem will succeed, even though I probably won't be enjoying it...

I did love MEA though, if I can keep playing my SP Bioware games and ignore the MP part of them, even if they are open world, I can live with that!

hfm Avatar
9 Months ago

Whatever, looks like EA will have nothing I want to purchase for a while.. Plenty of other houses to buy from.

twztid13 Avatar
8 Months ago

So we have a co-conspirator: the idiots who bought ME3 microtransactions. I wonder if these games would have taken this terrible turn without those folks sucking so bad at ME3 coop?