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BioWare still considering where to take Mass Effect next

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 05:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The two doctors of BioWare have said they’re still figuring out what’s in store for the Mass Effect universe once the initial trilogy draws to a close.

“Certainly the setting has really resonated with people, the type of aliens in the world, the type of people that inhabit space,” Greg Zeschuk told Forbes.

“Obviously we focus first and foremost on nailing it on this game, and then, you know, the possibilities in the future are very, very broad.”

“We want to make sure it’s awesome. [Mass Effect 3] is our first focus,” Ray Muzyka added.

“Beyond that, we do have a desire to continue the Mass Effect franchise, and we’re working on the details, figuring out what the fans want, figuring out the right way.”

Players do care about the Mass Effect universe, as evidenced by their delight in save forwarding features.

“One of the requirements for games to import saves and have continuity is that the player has to care about that experience. It has to be meaningful to them,” Muzyka explained.

“That could be mean characters you care about, it could mean abilities, progression on your character that you want to retain. It could be any of those things, or all those things.

“But if you don’t have something that people actually care about translating from one game to the next – you could do it, but there wouldn’t be a point. But because people do care about our games, they care about the persistent state of the story, there’s a reason to do that.

“And we’re excited about that. Because we love allowing our audience to be immersed for a long time in our universe.”

Mass Effect 3 is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March next year. BioWare has made numerous comments that it may continue the franchise.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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  1. jacobvandy

    *sigh*

    If BioWare/EA has any balls left at all, they will not put Mass Effect in the name. However, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they came out at next year’s E3 and pulled another Halo.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. starab

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    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    They won’t pull another Halo. It’s not selling for 6-8 million units.

    MMORPG for this.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dralen

    I would like to see them do something else after this. A new IP or one of there existing franchises. Jade Empire 2 anyone?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4, yes please. JE2 or new IP.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Mass Effect Kart Racing.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. RockTwist

    @6 ROFL – make it like Diddy Kong Racing though so each character has their own vehicle. Shepard could have a mini Normandy, Joker could have his chair and Wrex can have a really slow moving sand tank.

    I can see them going MMORPG, i’d prefer them to do a new IP. I really like Mass Effect, but a trilogy is enough unless the next game is rebranded (As Mass Effect is about humans) or an open world style game. Jade Empire 2 would be great.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I think the most likely thing they’ll do will be a proper multi-player shooter. We’ve seen plenty of hints that they’d like to do that already.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Khakimzhan

    figuring out what the fans want, figuring out the right way

    - that is NOT how creative mind should work… that is not work of art! That is why latest games by BioWare were so disappointing!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    I think maybe later on like on next gen they should make a new trilogy and now just focus on Dragon Age,Kotor and Jade Empire 2 with loot system and everyone favorite COOP :)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. The Massive Slag

    MMMMMMM.MMMMMMM.OOOOOOO.

    If SWTOR does some decent numbers and subs (which it will), there is no way that the money men at EA are going to allow this very successful franchise not to become the ultimate cash cow that is the MMORPG. Plus, they own the IP, so there’ll be no licencing fees going to anyone like with Star Wars.

    I don’t play MMO’s (not enough time on my hands), and WoW has never appealed to me anyway, but if there was an ME MMO, then I’d definitely have a close look. As I’m sure a hell of a lot of other consumers would too.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. GK

    this game one of the best in last 10 years and you unhappy? i say,if they have what to say,they must create more and more mass effect,if they keep that quality witch is now.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. IL DUCE

    Yeah without a doubt it will end up being a Mass Effect MMO or someother multiplayer/co-op based entry in the franchise…maybe a competitive squad based shooter who knows, maybe set on Earth while the Reapers are attacking during ME3…

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Joe_Gamer

    EA won’t be calling for an MMO as that would only compete with TOR, the only “possibly decent” sci-fi MMO coming to the market. I’m gonna lay my bets down with the multi-player shooter + short fan-service story crowd.

    #14 3 years ago