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Title: Mass Effect: Andromeda
Post by: Henry88 on October 23, 2012, 07:51:17 PM
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BioWare has confirmed it's forming plans for an all-new Mass Effect game, which is in development alongside a new IP for "built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology".

Mass Effect 3 Screenshot
BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn confirmed as much in a new blog post discussing the future of BioWare in the wake of the just-announced retirement of co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka.

Mass Effect 3 brought the current story arc to a close, but of course that doesn't spell the end for the much-loved franchise. "The Mass Effect universe is vast, and [Executive Producer Casey Hudson] and our teams have plans for another full game," confirmed Flynn.

"'Where to go next?' with such a project has been a question a lot of us have been asking, and we'd all love to hear your ideas."

Even more excitingly, Flynn goes on to reveal that its also working on a new IP seemingly for next-gen hardware. "Both Dragon Age and Mass Effect started as single games but grew into vast universes. But we aren't stopping there," he said.

"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."

Exciting stuff

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/369107/bioware-confirms-new-mass-effect-game-all-new-ip-in-development/

a month old mind you but still nice to here.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: MSTJedi on October 23, 2012, 10:42:12 PM
Yeah, I'm glad to see they'll keep going with the Mass Effect story. Interested to see where they'll go with it. Pre- or post-Shepard.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: Sideswipe on October 23, 2012, 11:59:28 PM
Mass Effect:  The Wrath of Garrus!
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: Henry88 on October 24, 2012, 08:12:24 AM
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The next Mass Effect – or not-Mass Effect – will not star Shepard. *Gasp!* I know, that is a shock to no-one. But who will it star, instead? Well, not ‘Shepard 2′, according to BioWare Montreal producer Fabrice Condominas, owner of a pretty amazing name.

Speaking with VG247, Condominas said of the next installment, “There is one thing we are absolutely sure of – there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over. This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don’t even know what kind of time frame we’re going to be in. All we’re doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things.”

“So first, we don’t want to make ‘Shepard 2′, or Mass Effect 4 with like, ‘oh there’s no more Shepard but you’re a soldier in the universe’,” Fabrice went on. “So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.”

What do you think? Would you rather see someone completely new step into the series, or see the focus shift to one of Shepard’s cronies? Human or alien? Sequel? Prequel? The possibilities are endless!

http://games.on.net/2012/10/the-next-mass-effect-protagonist-will-not-be-shepard-2-says-bioware/
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: Pak-Man on October 24, 2012, 08:25:55 AM
I want the next game to be the adventures of Blasto - The First Hanar Spectre!

I was actually thinking the other day that it would be interesting to play a Mass Effect game where you were a galactic political figure, and you had to drum up support for your campaign similar to how you drum up support for the war in Mass Effect 3.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: mrbasehart on October 24, 2012, 11:46:20 AM
They'll do what they've done before - set it a few hundred years later so they don't have to deal with any of the junk they put at the end of the ME 3.   It'd be cool if you were able to pick your race.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: MSTJedi on October 24, 2012, 01:30:46 PM
It'd be cool if you were able to pick your race.

This. One of the cool things about the ME3 multiplayer is that you can actually run around shooting things as a krogan, turian, asari, quarian, etc. I'd like to see an ME game branch out from the human-centricity of the last series.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: Pak-Man on October 24, 2012, 01:45:09 PM
I kind of disagree. Choosing a different race would (And should) drastically change the game, and I feel like one of the reasons Mass Effect's story felt so much stronger than Dragon Age was that they were focused on one story. That story had its own permutations, but there's no way a Krogan (For instance) could have experienced anything like Shepard's story. Now if they WANTED To put 5 or 6 completely unique stories in one game, I wouldn't complain, but I suspect that would be more work than they could handle.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: mrbasehart on October 24, 2012, 02:32:05 PM
I kind of disagree. Choosing a different race would (And should) drastically change the game, and I feel like one of the reasons Mass Effect's story felt so much stronger than Dragon Age was that they were focused on one story. That story had its own permutations, but there's no way a Krogan (For instance) could have experienced anything like Shepard's story. Now if they WANTED To put 5 or 6 completely unique stories in one game, I wouldn't complain, but I suspect that would be more work than they could handle.

They sort of tackled that with the first Dragon Age game, where the origins for the characters were all different, but the main storyline was basically the same, but with subtle changes here and there that conformed to whatever race/sex you were.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: MSTJedi on October 24, 2012, 02:46:23 PM
I kind of disagree. Choosing a different race would (And should) drastically change the game, and I feel like one of the reasons Mass Effect's story felt so much stronger than Dragon Age was that they were focused on one story. That story had its own permutations, but there's no way a Krogan (For instance) could have experienced anything like Shepard's story. Now if they WANTED To put 5 or 6 completely unique stories in one game, I wouldn't complain, but I suspect that would be more work than they could handle.

They sort of tackled that with the first Dragon Age game, where the origins for the characters were all different, but the main storyline was basically the same, but with subtle changes here and there that conformed to whatever race/sex you were.

Exactly. Even Shepard had the chance to have different pasts to choose from. It would be hard to do if it was a prequel because of humanity's non-prominence, but if it's set after the trilogy, it would be easy to make any species part of C-Sec, a Spectre, or some new multi-species military organization.
Title: Re: new Mass Effect game
Post by: Henry88 on November 18, 2012, 04:29:26 PM
(http://cdn.bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/MassEffect4.jpg)

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Yanick Roy is the studio director over at Bioware Montreal, and via the Bioware Blog he officially announced they are working on the 4th installment of the Mass Effect series. Many fans are actually upset by the news of a 4th game. My sister has told me she wont even play the game. Being a massive Mass Effect fan, the fact that they “ended” the trilogy, and are now continuing on with the series is a big no no to many fans. Personally I say if a game is still awesome, selling well, and popular, why end it? It would be financially half retarded to end a series if that was the case. That’s why Resident Evil will never come to an end. More past the break.

The game will be made with the Frostbite engine which currently powers Battlefield 3, and will power the 4th Battlefield and Dragon Age III. Yanick also makes mention to keep an eye on their jobs page because they are always looking for new people to consider.

“The other thing I can tell you is that, while it will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, 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.”

http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3203247/mass-effect-4-officially-announced-to-be-in-the-works/
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: Henry88 on November 20, 2012, 03:50:56 PM
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Bioware and Casey Hudson are plainly trying to avoid some of the missteps of Mass Effect 3 with their next game. There’s a clear effort to keep the fans involved in the development process this time around, and
Mass Effect (video game)

Mass Effect (video game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hudson is maintaining contact right from the beginning:

“Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?”

Needless to say, there’s already a solid response on the Twitter page. We saw earlier this year that, with a story like Mass Effect, fans felt they had just as much ownership as the developers did and it appears that the team is going to make Mass Effect 4 reflect that growing reality. Probably not on the line of some sort of crowdsourced game, but I imagine this will be the first of many such olive branches to the fan community offered by Hudson.

Personally, I’d have to hope that any game took place before the events of the Mass Effect trilogy. What always drew me into the games was the fully realized, functioning, intergalactic world, and that world started to lose its luster under the oppressive figure of the Reaper invasion. Plus, continuity would be a nightmare for any sort of sequel – the fate of the galaxy was very much up in the air depending on player choices in Mass Effect 3. Juggling those scenarios could just be strange. Let’s start fresh with the best of the series so far.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/11/20/mass-effect-3-director-asks-fans-if-me4-should-be-sequel-or-prequel/
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: Pak-Man on November 20, 2012, 04:02:20 PM
Unless they want humanity out of the equation entirely (Which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing), the only prequel adventure I could think of would be the adventures of Lt. Anderson, and the novels already told that story.
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: mrbasehart on November 20, 2012, 04:30:03 PM
Unless they want humanity out of the equation entirely (Which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing), the only prequel adventure I could think of would be the adventures of Lt. Anderson, and the novels already told that story.

They could do the Human/Turian war. 
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: Sideswipe on November 20, 2012, 07:45:40 PM
The First Contact war lasted like 4 days.  I'm not sure what they could do with that?
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: mrbasehart on November 21, 2012, 11:15:15 AM
The First Contact war lasted like 4 days.  I'm not sure what they could do with that?

An action-shooter.  They've been moving in that direction for a while now.  Throw in a few conversations and you have your follow up.
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: Lembach on November 22, 2012, 03:02:44 AM
All I know is I won't be pre-ordering if Casey Hudson is writing the ending.
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: Sideswipe on November 22, 2012, 04:29:31 AM
I still dont get why people are so pissy about the ending of ME3?
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: lassieface on November 29, 2012, 03:12:39 PM
I've been thinking about this for a while. Ideas that spring to mind:

A game that focuses on the Asari, pre-reaper/Shepard storyline.
A Jack-centric game...I'd imagine it would be like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in space (and with biotics).
The Geth War - gets into some really great sci-fi territory like sentience.
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: Henry88 on February 08, 2013, 04:22:55 PM
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The next Mass Effect game won't necessarily be called Mass Effect 4, as BioWare emphasizes that such a thing would create expectations from fans about continuing the story of Commander Shepard, which ended alongside the main trilogy.

BioWare's Mass Effect franchise has entertained millions of players from all around the world with its great blend of story and gameplay, allowing them to play as Commander Shepard, the only man (or woman) who can stop the menace of the alien Reapers.

After concluding the adventures of Shepard in Mass Effect 3, BioWare quickly confirmed that it's begun working on a brand new Mass Effect experience that won't star Commander Shepard.

In order to keep the expectations of fans in check, BioWare community manager Chris Priestly has posted a statement on the BSN, saying that the Mass Effect 4 name shouldn't be used, as it creates the expectation of continuing the main trilogy.

"To call the next game Mass Effect 4 or ME4 is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here. We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game," he said.

Calling the new game Mass Effect 4 also "makes people think of it more as 'what happens after Mass Effect 3' rather than 'what game happens next set in the Mass Effect Universe', which is far more accurate at this point," according to him.

What's more, Priestly emphasized that work has just begun on the game and that BioWare isn't going to share any details until the time is right.

"I see people saying 'well, they'll have to pick a canon ending'. No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc. will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it."

As of yet, however, BioWare will keep its cards close to its chest and won't share any other details about the new Mass Effect until it's ready.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Next-Mass-Effect-Game-Shouldn-t-Be-Called-Mass-Effect-4-BioWare-Says-327901.shtml
Title: Re: Mass Effect 4
Post by: Lembach on February 09, 2013, 08:14:38 PM
I still dont get why people are so pissy about the ending of ME3?

Characters choices rendered inconsequential to the ending; a general lack of closure; lore contradictions; character and narrative inconsistencies; the absence of a final boss battle, and massive plot holes, as well as that the form the endings took directly contradicted statements made by certain BioWare staff made during the game's development as to how they would be presented to the player.

Angry Joe sums it up nicely, I think:
http://angryjoeshow.com/2012/03/mass-effect-3-angry-review-2/ (http://angryjoeshow.com/2012/03/mass-effect-3-angry-review-2/)

Like I said, if that fuck, Casey Hudson has anything to do with writing this new game, I won't pick it up until it's in the bargain bin.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on February 09, 2013, 08:31:57 PM
What massive plot holes are you referring too?  Lack of closure?  Are you pissy because it didn't have a sunshine and rainbows ending where everyone lives happily ever after?
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: lassieface on February 09, 2013, 11:34:49 PM
Looking back at the ME3 thing I can only think, "people were rioting about that?"
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Lembach on February 15, 2013, 11:54:09 AM
What massive plot holes are you referring too?  Lack of closure?  Are you pissy because it didn't have a sunshine and rainbows ending where everyone lives happily ever after?

First off, I'm not being "pissy". I'm saying that if they let the publisher write script again, I'm not buying it.

Secondly, It's a shooter game. How about the lack of a final boss battle? You pick curtain 1, 2, or 3. That's it. And nothing you did in the prior two games mattered despite what they promised otherwise.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: lassieface on February 15, 2013, 02:26:37 PM
Not self-promoting, it's just easier to post a link to what I wrote about the ME3 ending than trying to paraphrase it.

http://stripedteacup.tumblr.com/post/19807899198/regarding-the-mass-effect-3-ending (http://stripedteacup.tumblr.com/post/19807899198/regarding-the-mass-effect-3-ending)
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Lembach on February 15, 2013, 06:12:16 PM
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Here is the crux of the issue. Bioware took a series of games that has hinged on player’s decisions and essentially said that none of that matters. If I’m honest, that’s a little insulting. I played these games for many, many hours. I regretted decisions with bad outcomes, but I didn’t go back and change things because to me that felt like cheating. All of those moments where I sat staring at the screen trying to decide the right thing to do…all the times I waited with bated breath to see what consequences my actions had sown…all of that was rendered null by the ending to Mass Effect 3.

It doesn’t mattered if you played paragon or renegade. It doesn’t matter who lived and who died. It doesn’t matter who you supported or who had your back. Everybody got the exact same ending.

This is what bothered me.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 05, 2013, 12:15:52 PM
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The executive producer behind the Mass Effect series has said that the planned fourth entry in the sci-fi space epic will be something completely fresh.
 
Speaking at PAX East (via Kotaku), Casey Hudson revealed that the team behind the original trilogy are having a break from the series to work on new IP.
 
“We are starting to get ready to develop another Mass Effect game, and it’s going to be a new thing,” said Hudson.
 
“We want to be able to give fans an opportunity to get back into the world with these things you’ve come to know and love about the Mass Effect experience but start something fresh and new – a new way for you to explore the whole universe in Mass Effect.”
 
Mass Effect 4 – whatever that might be –  will be developed by BioWare Montreal, though Hudson himself will remain with the franchise at the home of the original games, namely BioWare Edmonton.
 
As mentioned previously, the Edmonton branch is working on an all-new project.
 
“We are developing a whole new fictional universe at BioWare for myself and Preston [and other main Mass Effect trilogy creators.] That’s kind of our next thing,” continued Hudson.
 
“We’re focusing on building something new the way we did at the very beginning on Mass Effect.”

http://www.psu.com/a018857/Mass-Effect-4-will-be--a-new-thing-says-BioWare
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: mrbasehart on April 05, 2013, 01:05:41 PM
"New way to explore the universe?"

That sounds like a multi-player focused shooter to me.   :)
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Compound on April 05, 2013, 02:44:05 PM
"New way to explore the universe?"

That sounds like a multi-player focused shooter to me.   :)

I'm thinking Mass Effect, but with Puzzle Quest mechanics for combat.

Oh! And Pet collecting too!
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Pak-Man on April 05, 2013, 02:45:25 PM
That would be an insult and I'd get so addicted to it. :^)
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 05, 2013, 02:46:48 PM

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That sounds like a multi-player focused shooter to me.

i weep :'(
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 30, 2013, 04:27:11 PM
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Lead writer of the Mass Effect series, Mac Walters, recently opened up about the next installment of the acclaimed franchise. During a Question and Answer session with journalists after the Canadian Video Game Awards, Walters revealed that he is currently hard at work on the next game in the series, along with other unannounced Bioware projects, according to Canada.com.



"Right now I'm actually just working on Mass Effect 4 (I wouldn't call it 4, I'd just call it the next Mass Effect). It's coming out of Montreal,"
 
This means that Bioware is at least in the very early planning stages for the game, so they are not resting on their laurels as the video game landscape changes from the current gen titles to the next gen PlayStation 4 and next gen Xbox. Mass Effect 3 was met with critical and commercial success (despite a controversial end), so there is lots of pressure on the next game to continue that legacy, even with a new lead character. If Walters is working on a script now, then Bioware clearly must have a vision of where they want to take the series.


 

Walters may also have given fans a hint of where his mindset may be working on the new game. When asked about where he obtains inspiration for Mass Effect, he pointed to an unusual source.
 
"..for me personally (keep in mind that there are eight other writers that worked on Mass Effect), I don't necessarily take inspiration from scifi. The thing I love about Mass Effect is that you can tell any story. Whether it's from Downton Abbey, you can find those sort of human stories scattered throughout it...,"
 
Perhaps we will see some aristocratic high drama for the next game in the Mass Effect series. Either way, it will be awhile before we see the finished product, even if the game is in the writing stages now.

http://www.latinospost.com/articles/17929/20130430/mass-effect-4-news-lead-franchise-writer-currently-working-sequel.htm
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on May 17, 2013, 12:29:34 PM
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Mass Effect 4 could feature one of the existing developed characters as its protagonist, potentially a Krogan like Grunt, Garrus Vakarian or even the Illusive Man.

BioWare developers have been openly discussing the direction in which to take Mass Effect 4, including the possibilities of playing as one of the existing characters.

“There’s so much that could be told in the Mass Effect universe,” said Casey Hudson, Executive Producer for the Mass Effect series, to the Official Xbox Magazine. “It’d be cool to do something completely unrelated to the larger storyline, like a story about a private investigator on the Citadel. Or maybe something detailing Garrus’ time in C-Sec.”

“While being one of Shepard’s most loyal friends, Garrus has also had some of the most driven personal goals. He’s a hero in his own right, as Archangel and beyond. Who wouldn’t want to see the further adventures of the bold, charming Garrus VakarianWho wouldn’t want to see the further adventures of the bold, charming Garrus Vakarian (there’s a lot of guns out there to calibrate),” added Hudson.

However, Preston Watamaniuk, Lead Designer for the Mass Effect series, said he thinks “a game centred on brutal Krogan combat with more of a melee focus could be pretty exciting.”

Mass Effect 4 gamers could even play as the genetically engineered Krogan super soldier, Grunt, but he can die in the Collector attacks in Mass Effect 3. The developers don’t mention how they will deal with the continuity issues of the various outcomes of players’ choices in ME3, but playing as Grunt or another of the Krogan like Urdnot Wrex, has the potential for some exciting gameplay.

Although, Krogan aside, Mac Walters, Lead Writer for the Mass Effect series believes that one of the other characters already featured in the Mass Effect series could make for a more interesting storyline.

“Aria. The Illusive Man. Kai Leng. Any henchman. The list goes on. I think most of them could have successful spin-offs of their own in some fashion,” said Walters.

Mike Gamble on the other hand suggested that  the star of the Mass Effect 3 From Ashes DLC and the galaxy’s sole surviving Prothean, Javik, should steal the Mass Effect 4 show.

“Following the story of Javik a little bit more would be pretty cool,” said Gamble. “As the last remaining member of a lost race, I think that we could tell a lot of stories about his adventures in the Milky Way, and coming to terms with his place in the new Galaxy.”
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http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/mass-effect-4-possibilities-discussed-by-bioware
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: lassieface on May 18, 2013, 10:49:13 PM
At least he understands it would be dumb to try and bring back Shepard with some deus ex machina.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on May 29, 2013, 07:05:35 PM
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“The way our games at BioWare Edmonton/Montreal work is that there is always a core team. So there is a core Dragon Age team (Mark Darrah, Mike Laidlaw, David Gaider, Matt Goldman, etc) and there is a core Mass Effect team (Casey Hudson, Preston Watamaniuk, Mac Walters, Derek Watts, etc). The core teams don't change between Dragon Age Origins to DA2 to DA3 or ME to ME2 to ME3 (unless someone quits or similar),” Priestly writes.

“The next Mass Effect game is being developed at our Montreal studio (with support from Edmonton) and has a new team of mostly Montreal staff. The core ME team is now working on a new IP (and helps Montreal if they need it).”

A number of members from the Dragon Age 3: Inquisition team, according to Priestly, are also set to lend helping hands to the ME project once the development is completed for the next Dragon Age title.

“The other staff that are not core team leads, the artists, programmers, audio, writers, animators, QA, etc move between projects when they are needed for the workload. Someone already mentioned Patrick Weekes. He's a good example. He was a writer on the Mass Effect series, now he is writing on Dragon Age Inquisition. Same with many staff here,” he adds.

“When DA3 is done, much of the DA3 team will move on to the next Mass Effect game or the new IP depending on where they are needed. That is kind of how we do things here at BioWare.”

Mass Effect 4 is said to incorporate a lot of changes, and among them is the speculation that the game, this time around, will not feature Commander Shepard because the game’s plot, supposedly, could be set before or after the events of the original trilogy.

http://www.gamenguide.com/articles/6992/20130529/mass-effect-4-development-details-revealed.htm
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on June 16, 2013, 07:57:50 PM
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Yankic Roy has revealed the results of his brief fans survey in regards to the debut trailer of the next “Mass Effect” video game, which could end up being “Mass Effect 4” on the PS4 and Xbox One. According to several messages from his Twitter page on June 14, the studio director at Bioware disclosed that most of the fans would like the footage to answer some story questions about the timeline and main character of the upcoming title. You can take a look at some screens from the previously-released “Mass Effect 3” in the slideshow at the top of this article and the full comments from Yankic Roy below:



When the game takes place and who you get to play are very strong trends in your answers. And while I'm sure you'd want both, I'm getting more requests about story than gameplay. It makes sense, it's core to a BioWare game!

The Montreal branch of Bioware is in charge of the development of the tentatively-titled “Mass Effect 4.” They are also simultaneously working on the “Dragon Age 3: Inquisition” game that is coming out in the fall of 2014. “Mass Effect 4,” which currently does not have a release date, is being built on the Frostbite 3 (a game engine that supports the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). You can pre-order the next-generation systems from Amazon in the following links: PS4 and Xbox One

http://www.examiner.com/article/mass-effect-4-ps4-and-xbox-one-trailer-contents-hinted


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"Mass Effect 4" has been known as the assumed title for the untitled fourth installment in the "Mass Effect" franchise, but from what BioWare has been saying, it looks like people can start thinking about another name for the next game.



According to a report from EL33O on Thursday, BioWare community manager, Chris Priestly, said people should not call the next title "Mass Effect 4," but did not offer up any other potential names.

"To call the next game 'Mass Effect 4' or 'ME4' is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here.

"We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game.

"I see people saying 'well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending.' No, because the game does not have to come after.






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"Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it.

"I do not call the game ME4 when I talk about it ever, [because] that makes people think of it more as 'what happens after 'Mass Effect 3' rather than 'what game happens next set in the 'Mass Effect' Universe.

"Obviously fans are going to speculate content, character and story until we actually reveal details in the years or months to come as you have almost no actual details, just don’t get bogged down in 'well how are they going to continue ME3,'" Priestly said.

BioWare Edmonton chief Yanick Roy then decided to further elaborate on what Priestly had said before.

"What Chris is saying is that thinking of the next 'Mass Effect' game as 'Mass Effect 4' would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games.

"Story-wise, the arc of the first trilogy has also been concluded, and what we will do is tell a new story set in the 'Mass Effect' universe.

"That doesn’t mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won’t get recognized, but they likely won’t be what this new story will focus on.

"I apologize for being cryptic right now, but it’s early enough in development that we don’t have much to share – things still fluctuate quite a bit," Roy said.


http://www.examiner.com/article/new-mass-effect-4-details-point-to-reboot?cid=taboola_inbound
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on September 14, 2013, 07:56:09 AM
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A number of BioWare employees have taken to Twitter to mentioned that the next "Mass Effect" game is well under way and is already being shown internally to BioWare employees. Unfortunately, they haven't revealed much else about the upcoming title.


"Mass Effect" executive producer Casey Hudson said on Sept. 10 "in a milestone review for next Mass Effect game. Team is doing outstanding work. Looks beautiful, fun, ambitious, and Mass Effect-y!"





 


According to IGN, that was soon followed by a tweet from BioWare's community manager Jessica Merizan which read: "Watching absolutely stunning work from @masseffect team. Goosebumps. Such a passionate, talented group of devs! Can't wait to say more."


Fans have been worried that the new "Mass Effect" game will take a while before it is available to the public. Back in June, Yanick Roy, the studio director of BioWare's Montreal studio that is currently developing the next game, game users a little hope.


"Don't worry: we have a large and talented team, we started a awhile ago, and we are 'borrowing' a lot of game systems from [Dragon Age: Inquisition]." He later clarified this statement by saying "since we share engine, we can start from some of [Inquisition]'s core systems instead of from scratch."


However, that was later followed by a pair of tweets from Roy that said this doesn't mean the game will be too far ahead of schedule.


"Yesterday, the rest of BioWare finally got to get a first look at the next Mass Effect. Their reaction tells me we're on the right track!" when asked if this means people will be seeing a trailer or something soon he responded. "Sadly, it probably will still be a while before we show anything publicly. Sorry!"


What we do know about the new game is that it likely won't be titled "Mass Effect 4." As fans of the franchise know, the main character, Commander Shepard, had his/her storyline come to an end at the conclusion of the last game. The company has said that calling it that would doing both the old game and the new game a disservice.

http://www.hngn.com/articles/12425/20130914/mass-effect-4-tweets-bioware-indicate-new-game-being-shown.htm

darn they are working rather fast.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on October 27, 2013, 03:26:15 PM
Mass Effect 4 To Feature Single/Multiplayer, DLC And Social Network Stuff?
http://www.gamepur.com/news/12572-mass-effect-4-feature-singlemultiplayer-dlc-and-social-network-stuff.html
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on November 16, 2013, 07:57:00 PM
http://kotaku.com/our-first-teasing-glimpses-of-the-next-mass-effect-1460435623

http://www.gamezone.com/originals/2013/11/16/backlash-to-mass-effect-4-tease-show-just-how-pessimistic-and-negative-gamers-really-are

http://societyandreligion.com/mass-effect-4-late-2014-early-2015/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on November 20, 2013, 12:26:29 PM
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The Mass Effect 4 might be released sooner rather than later when Bioware’s staff had been tweeting pictures of themselves while they were working on the game. These tweets was in conjunction of the N7 Day celebration, which of course celebrated on the 7th of November.

Other than those tweets, there had been a story told by StickSkills. The story was regarding the release date of the Mass Effect 4. StickSkill said Bioware told them that the Mass Effect 4 might be released during VGA this December. StickSkills even said that the Mass Effect 4 game would have the same reveal like its predecessor, the Mass Effect 3. Bioware would announce its title along with a CGI trailer.

As rumoured before, gamers would still not be playing as Commander Shepard. Shepard’s story ended on the Mass Effect 3 and that was confirmed. However, Bioware didn’t reveal any information regarding this matter. What they did mentioned was the Mass Effect game would go into a completely different way from the previous Mass Effect game series. The upcoming Mass Effect instalment would take place in a new vast universe.

The Mass Effect 4 is expected to hit PS4 and Xbox One early next year. Bioware was also said to be planning to make a PC version of the game which was also speculated due early next year but not yet confirmed. Are you excited to see the Mass Effect 4

http://motoringcrunch.com/news/mass-effect-4-release-date/1001502/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on November 25, 2013, 08:35:44 PM
Rumor: New Mass Effect 4 Races Hint at Game Being Set After Trilogy
http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/18956/article/rumor-new-mass-effect-4-races-hint-at-game-being-set-after-trilogy/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on November 29, 2013, 07:36:47 PM
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Mass Effect will almost certainly arrive sooner rather than later, at least fans hope so, if pics that staff at Bioware has been Tweeting are anything to go by. The Tweets were sent out on Twitter on 7th November.

We also heard a story about the release date of Mass Effect 4, which came from StickSkills. They said that we could see Mass Effect 4 in Decemebr at the VGA and that Bioware may announce it with a CGI trailer as they did with Mass Effect 3.

Don’t expect to see Commander Shepard as his story seems to have finished with Mass Effect 3 and this is something that has been confirmed. Bioware have not given away anything at the moment, but they have said that the new game would take a different direction. It is thought that Mass Effect 4 could take place in a new universe.

Mass Effect 4 should be making its way out onto the Xbox One and PS4 during early 2014. It is thought that a version will come out for the PC later on that year.

http://www.sidhtech.com/news/mass-effect-4-gameplay-teaser-features-vga/10025321/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on December 04, 2013, 12:24:08 PM
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Mass Effect 4 is going to be big. The fourth instalment to the highly successful franchise is currently in developments and will be coming for a release very soon. Game developer BioWare has made it clear that Commander Shepard, along with anyone who is related to him, has been retired from Mass Effect.

Studio Director for BioWare Montreal, Yanick Roy, assures fans that the game will still be great, even without Commander Shepard. Despite the removal of many characters in the upcoming Mass Effect 4, Roy said that the future of the game will still carry that distinct traditional gameplay. This provided fans with a sigh of relief.

As for the story line, Roy promised that Mass Effect 4 will deliver a rich, cinematic storytelling that would appeal the fans of the game. Indeed Commander Shepard is missed by many but it has to be done or Bioware might spoil the already great trilogy.

Mass Effect 4 will be a great game but what kind of new features can it offer? Roy revealed the alien race to be more diverse and a huge galaxy to explore. We are not sure on when the game is set on. Is it after or before Shepard? It could also be during the time of Shepard.

Last but not least, we are confident that BioWare will deliver a more exciting game to play for us to enjoy. Fans too are eagerly waiting for the release of Mass Effect 4.

http://www.sidhtech.com/news/mass-effect-4-aliens/10025764/

Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on December 19, 2013, 08:48:49 AM
Mass Effect 4 is “fresh yet recognisable” and already playable, says Bioware
http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/mass-effect-4-is-fresh-yet-recognisable-and-already-playable-says-bioware
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on January 16, 2014, 07:22:58 PM
Bioware: Mass Effect 4 Release Date Will Be Around Christmas 2014 If Not Later
http://motoringcrunch.com/news/bioware-mass-effect-4-release-date-christmas/1003576/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on January 19, 2014, 06:23:31 PM
Mass Effect 4 Beta Has Already Done A 30 Day Run
http://motoringcrunch.com/news/mass-effect-4-beta-has-already-done-a-30-day-run/1003666/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on January 30, 2014, 03:38:46 PM
Mass Effect 4 is Ambitious and Beautiful
http://culturemob.com/mass-effect-4-ambitious-beautiful
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on March 09, 2014, 01:32:47 PM
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One Redditor with the name of SilentMobious talked about the game setting being 100 years after the big ware. A new Citadel could take the place of the old one and the Synthesis green glow and Reapers would be absent from the game.

http://motoringcrunch.com/news/mass-effect-4-next-story/1009005/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on March 09, 2014, 03:54:09 PM
Retcon city, here we come.  If they wanted to make more sequels, they probably shouldnt have had ME3 end on such a final note.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on March 23, 2014, 03:40:32 PM
Next Mass Effect developer says games need to move beyond race, gender stereotypes
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/next-mass-effect-developer-says-games-need-to-move-beyond-race-gender-stereotypes/1100-6418478/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on March 26, 2014, 04:20:30 PM
Before ‘Mass Effect 4,’ Bioware reveals early concept art from the series
http://www.examiner.com/article/before-mass-effect-4-bioware-reveals-early-concept-art-from-the-series
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 26, 2014, 07:50:43 PM
Mass Effect 4 Beta Has Already Done A 90 Day Run
http://motoringcrunch.com/news/mass-effect-4-beta-has-already-done-a-90-day-run/10013539/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on May 06, 2014, 04:57:55 PM
Rumor: The Next Mass Effect Game Could Be Mass Effect: Contact
http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/05/06/rumor-the-next-mass-effect-game-could-be-mass-effect-contact/

BOOOOO! :grr:
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on May 06, 2014, 05:26:31 PM
I hope its not about the First Contact war.  That would be lame.  It only lasted about a month and that would totally limit the alien races to one for the majority of the game.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: mrbasehart on May 07, 2014, 12:20:49 AM
It wouldn't surprise me.  They want to do another trilogy, but after screwing up the ending of the first three games, they don't have much to go on.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on May 30, 2014, 01:32:28 PM
A Trailer of the Next Mass Effect Is Ready, Might be at E3; Won’t be Xbox One Exclusive – Rumor
http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/05/30/a-trailer-of-the-next-mass-effect-is-ready-might-be-at-e3-wont-be-xbox-one-exclusive-rumor/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on July 27, 2014, 06:47:45 PM
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Mass-Effect-4-Gets-First-Glimpse-of-Male-and-Female-Player-Armor-452267.shtml

http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/first-mass-effect-4-details-images-released-san-diego-comic-con/

http://gamerant.com/mass-effect-4-comic-con-panel-mako/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on July 27, 2014, 06:54:59 PM
Oh no, the Mako is back!
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Pak-Man on July 28, 2014, 06:48:24 AM
Yeah, that was an odd announcement. "Hey, everyone! Remember the part of Mass Effect that everyone hates the most? We're BRINGING IT BACK!"
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on July 28, 2014, 07:05:15 AM
The game is supposed to take play at the same time as the Shepard saga, so it only makes sense that they rename the vehicle, considering the Mako is still in use in the third game.  Also, by putting in the familiar time period does any one feel a ME3 ending retcon coming soon if this new game is successful?
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on October 14, 2014, 05:40:04 PM
Mass Effect 4 Release Date in 2015 with a Different Title? Feature in Honorcon 2014 Confirmed
http://www.crossmap.com/news/mass-effect-4-release-date-in-2015-with-a-different-title-feature-in-honorcon-2014-confirmed-12808
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on December 11, 2014, 11:23:06 AM
Mass Effect 4 Rumored not Coming to Last-Gen Consoles, New Protagonist Could Be Shepard’s Child, And More
http://masterherald.com/mass-effect-4-rumored-not-coming-to-last-gen-consoles-new-protagonist-could-be-shepards-child/4296/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on December 11, 2014, 08:27:07 PM
I didnt think there was a doubt it wouldnt be next gen console only.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: RandyMistie on December 13, 2014, 09:07:27 PM
Well, my Shepard was bi-sexual, but I did have sex with Miranda, (although I shockingly ended up with Kaiden, which was a HUGE surprise to me...) so, I suppose she could have my child.

But seriously, I think they are going to go for a totally new direction.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: RandyMistie on December 14, 2014, 02:25:44 AM
And Lembach, et al, I've seen angry joe's stuff and I have seen all of the Mass Effect ending hate, and I have to say, I can't agree with it. I wrote a whole dissertation below about my feelings on the ending... and I thought it was beautiful... I thought it was cinematic... and really good literature.

I did not notice the plot holes until they were pointed out to me, (probably because I was crying so hard...), but, again I say, petitioning BIOWARE to change the ending is like petitioning George R.R. Martin to change The Red Wedding. Listen, when I read The Red Wedding I threw the book across the room!

And that wasn't the first time. I swore I would never read another page of Martin's work when Ned Stark died! But, I kept picking it up until I finished.

Life is hard. Our games and literature should mirror that. I love Mass Effect, I love Shepard. It's not the ending I would have wanted, but... there it is. I didn't want my oldest and best friend Dan to die before me. But there it is.

I didn't want so many things to happen to me in my life, but... there it is....

And, I trust BIOWARE to do a great game in the future. I've been following them since Baldur's Gate...
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on December 21, 2014, 06:12:31 PM
Mass Effect 4 - An MMO Like Star Wars The Old Republic?!
http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/12/17/mass-effect-4-an-mmo-like-star-wars-the-old-republic-2520819?lt_source=external,manual

no...no...no........NO!!!!
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 10, 2015, 01:10:51 PM
Mass Effect 4 Predicted For Early 2016 Release
http://www.vrworld.com/2015/04/09/mass-effect-4-predicted-for-early-2016-release/
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Pak-Man on April 10, 2015, 01:37:54 PM
Mass Effect 4 - An MMO Like Star Wars The Old Republic?!
http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/12/17/mass-effect-4-an-mmo-like-star-wars-the-old-republic-2520819?lt_source=external,manual

no...no...no........NO!!!!

So I actually read that article, and it's pretty much an article saying, "Boy, wouldn't it suck if our headline were true?"
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 10, 2015, 02:08:10 PM
Mass Effect 4 - An MMO Like Star Wars The Old Republic?!
http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/12/17/mass-effect-4-an-mmo-like-star-wars-the-old-republic-2520819?lt_source=external,manual

no...no...no........NO!!!!

So I actually read that article, and it's pretty much an article saying, "Boy, wouldn't it suck if our headline were true?"

i must be losing my sight.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 23, 2015, 01:02:42 PM
Mass Effect 4 News Update: Leaked Surveys Reveal Krogan Squadates And A Massive Universe
http://www.idigitaltimes.com/mass-effect-4-news-update-leaked-surveys-reveal-krogan-squadates-and-massive-universe-435200

sounds great.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on April 23, 2015, 01:26:49 PM
Assuming that is legit.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on April 23, 2015, 06:13:01 PM
Assuming that is legit.

one would hope at E3 this year.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Sideswipe on April 23, 2015, 06:16:03 PM
Indeed.
Title: Re: Mass Effect somthing
Post by: Henry88 on June 03, 2015, 07:25:18 AM
Mass Effect 4: Pre-Order Hints On 2015 Release!
http://motoringcrunch.com/news/mass-effect-4-pre-order-hints-on-2015-release/10013649/

e3 cant get here fast enough.
Title: Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
Post by: Henry88 on June 15, 2015, 07:36:46 PM
First 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Details Emerge, New Trailer
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2015/06/15/first-mass-effect-andromeda-details-emerge-new-trailer/
Title: Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
Post by: Henry88 on June 18, 2016, 12:57:08 PM
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EA Play Trailer

    The new ship is called the Tempest. It's small enough to land on planets
    Asari, Salarians, Krogan etc are all in Andromeda
    The Mako has a boost feature
    Biotics are back
    You can switch shoulders during combat
    Facial animations are smoother/more detailed
    There is more than one Ark
    Before leaving, the Arks were located above Earth
    Passengers on the Ark have been kept in some kind of stasis during the journey. Female character is first to wake up

Mac Walters (YouTube Live at E3)

    Characters are a huge focus, Frostbite allows them to create more detailed characters
    The dialogue system will be familiar but they want to push the envelope with new mechanics
    There will be an 'evolution' of the morality system
    The protagonist's name is Ryder
    The woman at the end of the EA Play video is a FemRyder
    The goal of this game is to move forward. There will be callbacks to the trilogy, however
    Ryder has a family. This family ties into the storyline (Maybe siblings, parents, etc.)
    "Mass Effect 3" multiplayer was a surprising success but they understand that fans didn't like how it tied into the single player, aims to improve this
    Development in the game is in the final stretch, they only want to show stuff that's totally finished and polished
    The Mako is the only vehicle in the game

Polygon and IGN interviews with Mac Walters/Aaryn Flynn

    "Mass Effect 3's" ending and your decisions won't affect Andromeda
    Relationships and romances will be more realistic
    Friendships and romances will take into account character temperaments. Some may be harder to talk to.
    Romance won't be limited to checking in a few times, then getting a romance scene.
    "Mass Effect Andromeda" is a story about becoming a hero
    The characters will be much younger and untested, drawing from themes of feeling out of depth or like an outcast
    Humanity are the aliens this time, it's the story of a stranger in a strange land
    BioWare are aiming for a character that is more than just a typical space marine, someone who recognises the impact their presence is having
    Instead of your character already knowing a lot about the Galaxy like Shepard, you're going to be discovering all of this stuff with them
    You won't have the kind of support Shepard would have. You're not exactly a Spectre this time
    The story of the game will be more personal this time, even though the scale is still grand
    The trilogy will act as a foundational background, but won't be a focus. There will be explanations for new players on what Krogans are, what mass effect field are etc.
    The trilogy was about a cinematic, grand, space opera with a titular character. With Andromeda they want to move away from this
    Instead of saying "You are this person" it's about saying "This is your role and this is the way you can play it"
    Andromeda will still be a human centric story, as it gives the player a foothold in the alien narrative
    In "Mass Effect," humans found themselves to be the underdogs in a larger galaxy, and this is ultimately a core theme of "Mass Effect," not just the trilogy
    BioWare kept trying to solve the vehicle problem in the trilogy, but this time they've made it a core focus and tried to fix it early in development
    The online component will have no impact on the main story this time. There will be more positive ties between the singleplayer and multiplayer
    The core elements of branching dialogue, relationship building, exploration etc will remain intact
    Andromeda will feel like you're playing "Mass Effect" for the first time, as the setting/characters are new and unfamiliar, yet nostalgic to returning fans

Yanick Roy (Studio Director)

    RPG elements are, of course, still there, allowing the player to control the story their way
    BioWare aren't worried about moving on from Shepard, they believe that as long as all the core elements of "Mass Effect" are there, people will play it
    There will be companions with 'loyalty' missions and new ways to get to know them
    The multiplayer will be similar to "Mass Effect 3's" but with more freedom, dynamic gameplay and 'chaos'
    There will be more customisation than we've seen before. We can "own" our environments
    Andromeda is their biggest game ever. Exploration is a major factor, similar to what they tried to achieve in "Mass Effect"
    Planets will have essentially one biome, inspired by planets from things like "Star Wars"
    There will be different ways to communicate with the races of Andromeda. Diplomacy, aggressiveness, combat, etc.
    The order in which you do quests/talk to people may also influence opinion of you and humanity
    We will be able to choose male/female, but they want to go a little bit further with this. More details to come soon
    The female Ryder isn't exactly the default face. There is a bit of a twist this time around but they can't say more yet
    The protagonist's role will be vast, their goal is to find a new home for humanity and the other races accompanying them, requiring a character of many qualities
    There will be references to the trilogy, but not so much as to flood new players with information
    The way the translators will understand the languages of the Andromeda species will be explained

Aaryn Flynn (PlayStation Access and Inside Playstation)

    The trip to Andromeda has taken a really long time (hundreds of years)
    The game draws parallels to today's space exploration advancements/themes
    The N7 character has nothing to do with Shepard
    New species. Some old, some new, some completely mysterious
    Choices will affect the species you encounter
    Planetary exploration is essentially the same mechanic as "Mass Effect," but much bigger/better with more freedom
    There's much more to the Tempest than meets the eye
    The 'Ark' is a huge part of the story, not just where Ryder wakes up
    Main character will be human, you can choose to play as a male/female Ryder
    There is a sense of continuity in the Mass Effect universe, despite starting fresh in a new Galaxy
    "Mass Effect Andromeda" is story/characters first, then with a large focus on seamless loading, exploration
    Frostbite has forced them to rebuild everything from the ground up, it's a clean slate in more ways than one
    "Mass Effect" VR is a possibility

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/mass-effect-andromeda-round-all-details-about-game-e3-2016-683339