It's been a while since we've heard from the folks BioWare. Hopefully, they're all locked up in a bunker somewhere, protecting themselves from their ever increasingly "toxic" fanbase and hard at work revolutionizing RPGs once again with the help of DICE's high-quality Frostbite 2 engine. BioWare has confirmed that both Dragon Age 3: Inquisition and Mass Effect 4 will be powered by engine and all of their established systems are being rebuilt from the ground up.
Only, in BioWare's mind, Mass Effect 4 is a game that doesn't exist.
When addressing fans on the BioWare official forums, Community manager Chris Priestly created a post stating his contempt with calling the upcoming science fiction RPG "Mass Effect 4," the next in the series number in linear progression.
"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."
Seeing as Mass Effect was an unbridled success, critically and commercially, EA and BioWare obviously don't want to slam on the breaks just yet. After Mass Effect 3's huge run last year, both companies another game in a brand new series that takes place in the same universe.
"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,' which is far more accurate at this point."
Trilogies are both a bane and a blessing. If you've got a great idea, you can triple its usage and make a lot of money through trilogies, but three also seems to be the magic number when most series, films and games alike, begin to lose steam. Just think at how many trilogies have been made across all mediums in recent years, and it's obvious that we as the human race have by and large settled on the number 3.
In 2007, Microsoft hyped the end of the Halo series in a massive advertising campaign designed to emotionally invest us in the end of an era. Seeing as they didn't quite want to stop making money off of it yet, a handful of throwaway subtitled sequels were release until we finally got to officially play Halo 4 last year. It was of course hyped as a new trilogy.
If BioWare is not going with the Mass Effect 4 title for its game in the works now, how long do you think it will take before we play the real Mass Effect 4?