Mass Effect

Unlike many Mass Effect fans, I wasn't too bitter about EA's E3 press conference in regards to the popular science fiction series. I was pretty sure we'd be seeing only just a little of it, if any at all, and I knew a lot more time was going to be dedicated BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition instead seeing how it's coming out this year.

Well, consider my patience rewarded. I didn't raise my blood pressure, and I only had to wait for a month and a half. BioWare has confirmed that it has a panel for discussing the next entry in the Mass Effect series at San Diego Comic-Con starting in little over a week. The official website describes the event in full.

Mass Effect developers from the Edmonton and Montreal studios discuss what it's like to expand on a well-established and beloved video game franchise. Panelists Carl Boulay (lead animator), Fabrice Condominas (producer), Mike Gamble (producer), Noel Lukasewich (senior artist), and Jessica Merizan (community manager), share their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series. Moderated by

BioWare has said very little about the game, other than it would prefer it not to be called Mass Effect 4. It will take place at a distant point in time, probably in a totally different galaxy altogether, and it won't star Shepard or any of the main characters appearing in the previous games.

The controversial ending of Mass Effect 3 has left a lot of fans wondering how BioWare plans to take the series any further with the corner it has written itself into. Despite being criticized for being too similar, the endings have enormous consequences that are far too different to keep up this pattern of choice from game to game and still keep an intact plot.

Perhaps we will finally get a little light on this issue at Comic-Con in the coming week.