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    The BioWare Blog has an update from BioWare Montreal on the next installment in the Mass Effect series of action/RPGs, announcing their studio is taking the helm of the next game. Word is they will be working with the Edmonton studio and the Frostbite 2 engine from the Battlefield series to make and installment that's respectful of the heritage of the series:

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    Mass Effect 4 - The Next Mass Effect A Prequel?

    There are two things we already know about Mass Effect 4 (or whatever they plan to call it). For now we know that BioWare wrapped up the story of Commander Shepard, so you won't be hearing about him anymore. Also, the development studio decided to utilize the Frostbite 2 engine to power the new Mass Effect game. Meanwhile, BioWare wishes to question fans if they'd like the new Mass Effect game to be a prequel. Mass Effect series executive producer Casey Hudson tweeted:

    As for the status of the next ME title, well, Casey explained that the game is still in early concept stage, so it's probably gonna be a while until we see or hear something concrete about it.

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    Mass Effect 4 - Due late 2014 to mid-2015.

    The next Mass Effect game is not due for at least another two years, developer BioWare has revealed. A fourth major instalment in the sci-fi series was teased earlier this year after BioWare's two founders departed the studio. BioWare told Gamer Syndrome:

    In terms of a release window, it'll launch in late 2014 to mid-2015, he added:

    BioWare has canvassed fan opinion on the future of Mass Effect a couple of times before, most recently asking whether the fourth game should be a sequel or a prequel. While Mass Effect fans wait, there's at least one more Mass Effect 3 DLC in the pipeline and ongoing multiplayer support promised. Gamble revealed that a multiplayer mode was once in development for Mass Effect 2 until the project became too ambitious. He said:

    Scrapped ideas for Mass Effect 3 included a mission to the turian homeworld Palaven (you visit its moon in the final version of the game) and a huge boss battle in place of the game's controversial conclusion. Gamble explained:

    Gamble concluded by adding that BioWare was also being kept busy by Mass Effect plans on Wii U. Nintendo's new console received a version of Mass Effect 3 at its launch, but fans are waiting on a Wii U version of the recent Trilogy pack. He concluded:

    Eurogamer checked this out and EA confirmed the comments as belonging to Mass Effect 3 producer Mike Gamble. [UPDATE: The EA representative who organised the interview (and whom we previously spoke with) has now told Eurogamer that the speaker in fact wasn't Gamble, but another BioWare team member. We've asked again for information on the speaker's identity and will update when we hear back.]

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    Mass Effect 4 - 2014 release date is inaccurate.

    An EA spokesperson has discredited statements claiming Mass Effect 4 will be released in 2014. The unnamed EA rep told G4 that neither it nor BioWare has provided any answers to questions from Gamer Syndrome, the original source of the release date. Earlier this week site Gamer Syndrome reported Mass Effect 4 development started a month or two ago, and said BioWare is planning to reveal more about the game in 2013.

    Complicating the matter is a follow-up statement provided after the release date news to Eurogamer, in which EA seemingly verified BioWare was the source of the release date. Gamer Syndrome has removed the interview and published an apology:

    In November BioWare Montreal revealed Mass Effect 4 will be powered by EA's Frostbite engine, enhanced by systems built for Dragon Age 3. Casey Hudson, executive producer of BioWare's Mass Effect series, also asked fans if Mass Effect 4 should be a prequel or a sequel.

    Sources: eurogamer.net, gamersyndrome.com, g4tv.com and computerandvideogames.com
     
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    Mass Effect 4 - BioWare On ME4 References A Disservice.

    BioWare's Chris Priestly took to the BioWare Social Network to respond to speculation about the next installment in the Mass Effect series of shootery role-playing games. In what seems evidence that the era of sequels is hitting a new era of oddness, he suggests calling the fourth installment in the Mass Effect series Mass Effect 4 or ME4 is a disservice to the game:

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    Mass Effect 4 - Will be powered by Frostbite 3.

    Electronic Arts' proprietary Frostbite 3 game engine will be the underpinning tech behind the next Mass Effect and Dragon Age games, an employee at the company has said. Aaryn Flynn, the general manager at BioWare's Montreal and Edmonton studios, revealed the information on his personal Twitter account. He said:

    Frostbite 3, which was principally constructed at Stockholm studio DICE, is being distributed across EA's internal studio network. In an interview with CVG, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach explained that the engine is scaleable to support both current and next gen systems.

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    Mass Effect 4 - To share core systems with next Dragon Age.

    The next Mass Effect game by BioWare will share core systems with Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, a key BioWare manager has claimed. Addressing fans via Twitter, BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy confirmed the developer has completed its 'first pass' design document for the new game. He said:

    Asked by a fan if the 'first pass' indicates a lengthy wait to come for the new Mass Effect, Roy revealed that the sequel will borrow game systems from the next Dragon Age to speed development. He wrote:

    Roy continued to say Dragon Age: Inquisition will have similar elements to the next Mass Effect. He added:

    He also reiterated that the next game in the sci-fi series will, like Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, be powered by the Frostbite 3 engine.

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    Mass Effect 4 - Story has nothing to do with Shepard.

    The story of Mass Effect 4 will not relate to Shepard or the events of the previous three games, according to BioWare's Mac Walters. In an interview with Complex, Walters - who was lead writer on Mass Effect 3 and is currently working on a 13-issue comic series entitled Mass Effect: Foundation - was asked how the studio plans to proceed after wrapping up Shepard's trilogy. He replied:

    Elsewhere in the interview, Walters reflected on the response to the divisive Mass Effect 3 ending and drew parallels with Breaking Bad, and the difference between controlling the fate of a character and simply watching it happen. He said:

    BioWare has confirmed Mass Effect 4 will share core systems with Dragon Age 3: Inquisition.

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    Mass Effect 4 - Teaser images released by BioWare.

    BioWare has released the first images from its next Mass Effect game, which is currently in development at BioWare Montreal. The teaser photos surfaced online yesterday as part of the franchise's second annual N7 Day celebrations, and showcase a number of pieces of concept art along with what looks like an in-game screenshot.
    Mass Effect boss Casey Hudson wrote on Twitter, beginning a long series of messages posted throughout the evening by members of BioWare:

    The posts highlighted the characters and locations of the Mass Effect series to date, and later included a number of photos of the BioWare Montreal team working on the fourth Mass Effect game.

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    Inside BioWare Montreal. Hopefully all the developers don't look that nervous. One last thing of note - and something that might back up a return to Mass Effect 1's planet exploration: lead BioWare designer Ian Frazier's contribution to the Twitter conversation was this impressive piece of wall art featuring the Mako, your planet-bound vehicle in Mass Effect 1. Frazer wrote:

    Mass Effect producer Mike Gamble replied:

    Hudson concluded in a new retrospective blog post on the series:

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    Mass Effect 4 - Is recognisable, despite all the changes.

    Mass Effect 4 developer BioWare has repeatedly stressed that it doesn’t want a simple repeat of Shepard’s adventures in the new title, but it has recently confirmed that the game will still be recognisable enough for series fans. The studio also told me last year that it doesn’t want Mass Effect 4′s hero to simply be ‘Shepard 2.’ Now, Aaryn Flynn, GM for BioWare’s Edmonton & Montreal studios had this to say:

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    Mass Effect 4 - In the middle stage of development.

    Mass Effect 4 is somewhere in the middle stage of development, BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy has said:

    Last November, BioWare published a series of tweets teasing the next chapter of Mass Effect, promising new characters to fall in love with, new enemies to encounter and new worlds to explore.

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    Mass Effect 4 - E3 2014 Trailer.

    EA has shown the first conceptual prototype footage of Mass Effect 4. The game is somewhere in the middle stage of development, BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy said in May.


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    Mass Effect 4 - Survey launched by BioWare.

    BioWare has launched a Mass Effect 4 consumer survey in a bid to help it shape the future of the franchise. Series producer Michael Gamble said on Twitter:

    The survey is designed to gauge consumer playing habits and expectations. One question asks which aspects of a new Mass Effect game players are most looking forward to, while another asks respondents to rank the importance of a number of RPG elements.

    The game will be discussed during a Comic-Con 2014 panel hosted by BioWare on July 26. During the discussion, speakers will share their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series.

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    Mass Effect 4 - Still years away from release as vehicle footage emerges.

    Mass Effect 4 is still years away from release, BioWare told attendees at Comic-Con. During a Comic-Con panel that featured the likes of producer Mike Gamble and lead animator Carl Boulay, BioWare showed the first footage of the game's returning Mako all-terrain vehicle. With the upcoming game focusing on exploration, the Mako will be much faster than it was in the original game, and will no longer be equipped with a canon.

    The firm also showcased some of the game's new armour designs, although playable races and settings were not confirmed. According to Metro, Mike Gamble hinted at co-operative multiplayer, and while previous characters could make cameos, there will be little or no reference to the original trilogy. Elsewhere, it was confirmed that the game would not be called Mass Effect 4 when it launches.


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    Mass Effect 4 - Chris Schlerf New Lead Writer.

    We should probably expect a bit of Mass Effect news today, as it is N7 day and everything. First up on the menu is the announcement of the new lead writer for Mass Effect 4, Chris Schlerf, the lead writer from Halo 4. He's actually been the lead writer since November 2013, but BioWare has kept the development team under tight wraps. Schlerf said about his new lead writing gig:

    The full team is detailed on BioWare's blog, and not everyone is new. Mac Walters, Mike Gamble, and Yanick Roy are all back for this new phase of Mass Effect.

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    Mass Effect 4 - BioWare teases new art.

    BioWare has released a selection of new Mass Effect 4 concept art offering a glimpse at the worlds players will get to explore in the new game.


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    Mass Effect 4 - Will Release in 2016.

    Self-proclaimed industry insider Shinobi claims that he has been speaking with the Mass Effect 4 development team at BioWare, and he kindly posted what he knows of the development process on NeoGAF. In summary, he says that in talking with the team, he learned that the team started with 40 developers, and has slowly increased over time to speed up production. However, as the team has just recently reached large scale, the next installation of the Mass Effect franchise will not see a release until 2016. He estimates it's at least 18 months away. Shinobi emphasized:

    Considering how little EA showed of it at E3 in 2014 (as in, nothing at all), I never once thought it would be ready for 2015 anyway. 2016 almost seems too optimistic.

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    Mass Effect 4 - BioWare Assures It Will Not be Another Dragon Age Inquisition.

    With the massive success of Dragon Age Inquisition, many have been wondering if BioWare would capitalize on that success by shoehorning that same format, style, etc. into Mass Effect 4. BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn went to NeoGAF to try to clear up the matter and assure fans that while Mass Effect 4 will use many of the same technologies from DAI, it will not be a DAI copycat. He wrote:

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    Mass Effect 4 - Multiplayer Confirmed.

    So wait, the multiplayer feature in Mass Effect 3 was extremely successful, so BioWare is going to bring the feature back for the next Mass Effect? This is indeed the case. Development director Chris Wynn tweeted that BioWare needs a producer to help get the online portion of Mass Effect 4 underway. If you check out the job listing, you can see exactly how they play to implement the online features mentioned in the tweet:

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    Mass Effect: Andromeda - Announced.

    EA and BioWare announce Mass Effect Andromeda is in development at BioWare Montreal as a follow-up to the action/RPG/shooter trilogy coming to Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in time for the 2016 holidays. A post on the BioWare Blog introducing the game and offering its official E3 trailer, which includes the following one-liner:

    Here's word from the blog on what's going on this time around:


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