BioWare has already told the entire world that Mass Effect 4 is happening, and they are turning to their fan base for advice and feedback on how to move forward. Obviously, dragging out their narrative into another trilogy must be handled sensitively given the backlash they faced over Mass Effect 3‘s ending. With BioWare’s founders, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, officially retired as well, the popular developing company will have a lot of expectations to meet over the next few years.
The series will shift to BioWare Montreal, and Studio Director Yanick Roy has said on the official BioWare blog that they will be “respectful” of the original games.
“You can still expect the pillars for the deductible is known to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling.”
BioWare Montreal has stated they want to “explore new directions” with the storytelling and gameplay. I’m all up for a totally new galactic threat, or I think I would even prefer huge jumps in time like the Foundation books. All the races might have evolved, some might have gone extinct. There’s not much to be done with the universe as it was left, but I would like to see how this universe unfolds after 1,000 years.
As long as they keep the core universe intact, the technology should push the game to heights they were unable to take the originals. Frostbite 2 and BioWare’s own RPG systems used in Dragon Age III should provide a new direction for the series.
“There is really not much I can tell you about the game right now, except that it will be built with the amazing technology of Frostbite as its foundation, enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age III team has already spent a lot of time building.”
Part of me had hoped that Mass Effect would be left alone once the Reapers had been repelled, but the reality is that such a huge name brand can’t be taken from the market. Franchises as universally loved as Mass Effect don’t come around often, so I can only hope BioWare Montreal can keep the torch burning for a few more games.