There’s more in the pipeline at BioWare, but not a Mass Effect MMO, says Muzyka

Wednesday, 15th June 2011 14:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ray Muzyka has said a Mass Effect MMO is possible, but there are no plans for such a venture back at BioWare headquarters.

Speaking with CVG at E3, the firm’s co-founder said for now, SWTOR is the company’s focus in the MMO space and that it will be supported for years after launch.

“We have some really cool stuff going on with our Virginia studio out of BioWare Mythic,” he said, “[where] we’re exploring new types of online play.

“We also have some new things in the pipe we haven’t announced yet out of our Edmonton studio… We’re obviously looking at Mass Effect, Dragon Age – they’re epic franchises, and we have more things planned in the future. Mass Effect 3 is the beginning of a Galactic war. The future’s bright.”

Mass Effect 3 is slated for a March release, while Star Wars: The Old Republic is expected sometime later this year.



  1. Maximum Payne

    Start doing MMO would be very stupid idea.
    1. KOTOR is very long in development and maybe not live despite hype.
    2. You can pretend KOTOR is Mass Effect and visa versa :P
    After ME3 I think they will started new trilogy and coop included

    #1 4 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Thank god.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. StolenGlory

    And STILL no Jade Empire, yet, we get watered down and schizophrenic entries in the Dragon Age saga every other year.


    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Bioware make their best games when they give them loads of time. Something they seem hesitant to do now. :(

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight


    Jade Empire didn’t do that well and that team is in charge of Dragon Age.


    Blame this gen console, Publishers are getting lazy since they don’t have to keep pumping out new engines for games, they want to pump out games as soon as possible but at least its not Activision with yearly releases.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: Are you serious? You’re blaming this generation of console on publishers pushing developers? You know how stupid that sounds? It’s about the green, man! Consoles have nothing to do with it.

    Jesus H Christ.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 EA doesn’t do yearly releases? Last time I checked they were one of the few companies running 1-year development cycles. The only other one I can think of being 2K.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Mace

    So they made a couple of fast, mainstream-inspired cash-ins to get the money for their true masterpiece… Or it’ll be a new Yeti browser game. Please, let it be the Yeti….

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    Also, expect this game to end up as an “Origin Only” title.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    Name games outside Sims and their Sport title games that have yearly releases.


    No shit its about money, this generation is stagnating and they can’t go with 3-4 year development time because by that time a new gen will be out so they are doing the machine gun effect shoot as many games as possible and grab as much cash as possible for the least amount of money. Because next gen with the popularity of motion controls and increased technology they will have to spend more money on developing them.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. DSB

    @10 I don’t have to. It establishes the double standard quite well.

    Treyarch are certainly pretty useless, but they do get 2 years to make their games, unlike EA Sports and EA Tiburon.

    And it does show in their products. EA are desperately trying to keep the numbers up on their sportsgames by closing down the online component of the old ones.

    Back in the old days you might have a justification for a yearly cycle, since you didn’t have any way of updating rosters online. Today it’s more than obvious that EA simply love their business model more than their product with regards to their sportsgames.

    They’re essentially rewrapping their products with content that’s worthy of little more than a patch.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    Well new roster new rules etc etc blame the sports fans for getting every version they wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t a profit. The same goes for any company that has a multimillion dollar seller. Shit I would do the same thing given the chance. People don’t want evolution if they did they wouldn’t buy the games in bucketloads.

    Btw I don’t count Sims and Sport games part of the game market those are giving into what the consumers want obviously.

    Btw you can’t patch that stuff in not with X360 patch limitation you can however do a DLC.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 I’m not doubting the profitability of doing it, just the notion that businesses should be ashamed to make money, regardless of whether they’re called EA or Activision.

    It’s not a question of giving Activision special treatment, it’s a question of not giving them special treatment. What they’ve done with the CoD series is no different than what EA did with the Need For Speed series, and arguably they were quite late to the game compared to EA, who have been putting out one NFS a year since 2004, and more recently, two NFS a year. Activision didn’t release their first annually released CoD until 2006.

    No matter which way you try to spin it, EA don’t just play the game, they invented it. Activision just happens to appeal more to people’s hysteria because their golden cow has a bigger audience, and that makes a few sphincters hurt.

    We do buy those games, and that’s our right. I love those sports games, and I want what little I can get. That’s not my problem, it’s the whining about businesses doing it, and the obvious double standard and selective memory in who it is putting those games out, and coming up with those business models.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. gamestx

    MMO is not fun… Please stop churning them out.

    #14 4 years ago

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