Update, June 15: BioWare's Mike Gamble reiterates that the studio isn't done with Mass Effect.
There have been some big ups and significant downs for the Mass Effect series, though over the past few years it’s those downs that have made the most memorable impression. From the ending of Mass Effect 3 to almost all of Andromeda, public opinion on the once-beloved sci-fi series has definitely been tarnished, though BioWare promises the series is still alive.
BioWare’s Mike Gamble says that IPs like Dragon Age and Mass Effect “are special to us,” calling out the new Dragon Age game that’s in some form of development right now alongside other “various projects.” Gamble adds, more specifically, that “Mass Effect is certainly not dead.”
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In the full interview with Eurogamer, Gamble makes clear that the studio doesn’t yet know what’s in the future for the series, saying that BioWare and EA leadership “have to sit down and work out what that looks like.” He says that “we want to make sure there's a future” for the series, but that all comes some time after Anthem.
Gamble also says that with Anthem’s focus on online cooperative play, “no one should worry this is a template for anything.” The studio makes different types of games every few years, and he says “we've made an MMO, we've made open world, we've made Jacob's Story for iPhone. We've made so many different kinds of games and that will continue.”
BioWare general manager Casey Hudson also had similar comments earlier this week. It's a company that is used to working on several releases at once, but in the past year it has been pretty quiet when it comes to anything that isn’t Anthem, although it does continue to run Star Wars: The Old Republic. According to Hudson, however, fans shouldn’t be too worried by the radio silence.
In an interview with Game Informer, Hudson says that although “a majority of the people at BioWare are working on Anthem,” the team does “have people who are figuring out what a next Dragon Age would look like.” We do know that Dragon Age 4 is in development, but there’s little more to go on than that at this point.
More interestingly, however, when asked about Mass Effect, Hudson says that the studio could return to it. That’s a little more of a surprise as the most recent installment in the series - Mass Effect: Andromeda - didn’t prove massively popular, meaning some fans feared the acquisition of BioWare by EA could spell trouble for the series.
As a founding member of the Mass Effect team, Hudson states, however, that the series is “my baby.” He also says “of course we intend to get back to it at some point.” So while you might be waiting a good long while for a new Mass Effect game, you can rest easy knowing that, at the very least, BioWare wants to make it.