Next Mass Effect Will Be “A New Thing”
Well of course the next Mass Effect will be a new thing. It is going to be a new game after all, right? Talk about perfunctory and redundant statements. Actually, maybe that statement is necessary given some of the games we have to put up with (I’m looking at you, CoD). Disregard everything I’ve just, bar perhaps the jab at CoD, because I’m being uncharacteristically facetious.
What BioWare actually means is that the next Mass Effect will be something fresh and different developed by a new team of people while the experienced ME crew get to work on a new IP.
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Executive producer Casey Hudson made mention of the series’ new direction during a PAX East panel, as reported by Kotaku.
“We are starting to get ready to develop another Mass Effect game, and it’s going to be a new thing,” he said.
“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.”
It will be interesting to see what direction the franchise takes once BioWare Montreal takes over the reigns but fret not because Hudson will remain with the series to help steer it.
BioWare Edmonton, meanwhile, has something new in the works, which Hudson is collaborating on with Mass Effect series lead designer Preston Watamaniuk.
“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,” Husdon said.
“We’re focusing on building something new the way we did at the very beginning on Mass Effect.”
Anybody keen for a Mass Effect reboot?