Next Mass Effect in development at BioWare Montreal

New game powered by DICE's Frostbite 2 Engine.

November 12, 2012 / 11:34 AM EDT / (@salromano)

The next Mass Effect game is currently underway at BioWare’s 2009-opened Montreal studio, it has announced. BioWare Montreal has previously assisted BioWare Edmonton in developing Mass Effect 2 and 3, including cinematic-building, N7 missions, and post-release content in 2, and multiplayer and “significant” single-player contributions in 3.

“The next Mass Effect game is already in development, driven by the team here in Montreal,” said BioWare Montreal boss Yanick Roy in a blog post. “This is the goal we have been working toward for years now, and every member of our team is proud, excited, and humbled to take on the responsibility for the next game.

“To ensure a proper and effective transition, we’ll continue to be supported by the Edmonton studio through the game’s development, working with and learning from them on some critical initiatives. On top of that, Casey [Hudson] remains the Executive Producer, but he will have a Project Director under him, working in Montreal, leading our development team and making day-to-day decisions for the game. We all care very much about Mass Effect and make our decisions based on what’s best for the game.”

Roy couldn’t share much about the game itself, but shared that it will utilize Digital Illusion CE’s Frostbite 2 Engine, which powers Battlefield 3 and Dragon Age III. He also confirmed, with the trilogy complete, the new game will explore new directions, “both on the gameplay and story fronts.” But you can still expect the pillars of the franchise “fully intact,” including “diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling.”

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  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    I feel its going to be a epic fail.

    • Kazziyan

      It could be good.

      I didn’t like the ME trilogy though. Everything felt too static in terms of story which put me off. At least the choices and personality of each character.

      • Locksus

        Huh, I simply adore everything Mass Effect. I’m a massive sci-fi/fantasy nerd and The ME series was an awesome experience for me. The music, the characters, the look and feel of the world were simply magical to me. 

        Don’t know what’ll come of this game, though. Under a different publisher, Bioware could be so much better. 

        • Kazziyan

          I don’t know, I felt Shepard was my main problem and I’m not all for dialogue choices. If you are going to do them- at least make him a bit more… lively? like someone put- he said one sentence pretty much each time.

          I like Sci-Fi but this could have been so much more is what I’m trying to say. I was expecting something on the level of Star Wars, I guess. :p

          • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

            Agreed… Sheperd sounded like a robot being scripted to say one line after another…

  • http://twitter.com/gamesreflexoes GR+ Entretenimento

    I feel its going to be a epic another blockbuster! Good luck to them. This franchise needs to continue.

  • http://twitter.com/WarbossAohd Warboss Aohd

    keep da Writers who wrote the ME3 endin’ away from it an’ it will be golden.

  • Bloodios

    The game is going to have massive amount of screen-tears while running at 1280×704 with top and bottom padding…

  • PrinceHeir

    will see :P