BioWare: "We're Not Done" With Mass Effect

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BioWare: "We're Not Done" With Mass Effect

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BioWare is working on more single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3 and has plans for a brand-new game in the franchise.

There's a silver lining to today's sad news that BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk are leaving the company and retiring from the business of making videogames. In his tribute to the good doctors and their monumental contribution to the videogame industry, BioWare Edmonton General Manager Aaryn Flynn said the company is ready to "carry on their legacy" with some big plans for the Mass Effect universe.

"We are releasing more multiplayer content and we have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the fall," Flynn wrote. "But the Mass Effect universe is vast, and Casey [Hudson] and our teams have plans for another full game. 'Where to go next?' with such a project has been a question a lot of us have been asking, and we'd all love to hear your ideas."

Flynn also revealed (without actually revealing anything) that BioWare is laying the groundwork for "an all-new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom up with all-new gaming technology."

"Where to go next?" is certainly a loaded question. Regardless of how you felt about the way Mass Effect 3 ended, there was such finality to it that any kind of follow-up is almost doomed to be anti-climactic. There's plenty of room for new stories, sure, but how do you come up with something that compares to the end of the frikkin' galaxy as we know it? That's a mighty tough act to follow.

Source: BioWare Blog

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I'm not surprised. And no one else should be, after the message at the end of the credits post-EC. And all I can say is, good luck, Bioware. It will be a tough act to follow, but I still have faith that Bioware can do it. It would have to be set some time in the future, though, to allow for mass relay travel.

I have the best timing ever.

I literally just finished playing the trilogy.

FUCKING SWEEEEEEEET

I'm already excited!

The only way to beat ME3 is scale is to go smaller. Make it a much more personal story rather than "hurdur now its the UNIVERSE!"

ME3 to be retconned...Come on, we all know that is going to happen.

Well good for you Bioware, I mean I am personally done with ME but if you arn't more power to you.

Gabanuka:
The only way to beat ME3 is scale is to go smaller. Mae its a much more personal story rather than "hurdur now its the UNIVERSE!"

I have to agree with this. Maybe some kind of threat to the Citadel that a Spectre is sent to investigate. And only the Citadel. Smaller scale, but still serious enough to warrant a game around.

oh dear god they are going to make the destruction ending canon, what with all the not mentioning of genocide post EC. or maybe the geth and edi had anti-magic cast on them by Irenicus and the spell travelled through time and space?

NO.
NO.
I know this is you, EA. I know you're just hiding behind Bioware's name. Please, dont do this. Bioware still has juice in them, the Extended Cut proved that, but don't you dare misuse the strength they have left. Mass Effect is done. It's finished. The Reapers are gone. Apart from updating the multiplayer, an MMO set before the events of the main trilogy, and a base for some great fanfic, it has nothing left to offer. Don't you dare pull a George Lucas on it. Don't you dare use what's left of Bioware to milk this. Just leave Mass Effect be, and either let Bioware go, or mercy kill them now. Or you could just grow a brain, while pigs are breaking air speed records and Lucifer is ice skating his way to work.

And not a single fuck was given by me.

You're more than welcome to give one, I just.... can't be asked.

I'll do what i did for the ME trilogy....

Buy it for 1.99 on Amazon about 2 years after they were released.

Captcha = blah blah blah blah

Well.... appropriate.

I will keep an eye on Bioware. I have hope that Dragin Age 3 will be good, and while my faith in them is at an all time low due to DA2, ME3 ending and ST:TOR being mediocre I do not hate Bioware. I have been disapointed, alot, over the last few years but I have not become a hater.

That being said it is highly unlikly I will buy anything from them without checking it out first if Casey Hudson has anything to do with the writing. Do yourselvs a favor Bioware and keep him away from the writing room.

Im happy to read this, I Love the ME series, and the EC stuff brought me back into the fold.

Im more than happy to see what they do next

Actually, Mass Effect will turn out to be nothing more than an alternate timeline. You see, this is all part of the timeline where Biff used the almenac to make himself rich. The new Mass Effect will be after Marty has fixed the timeline and Biff's decendant doesn't start Cerberus. I'm just saying.

Wow. The same day that two of the co-founders announced they are leaving, this happens.

I want to say that BioWare announced this to cover up the news of the departures, but I do not think that they are actually that smart. This is likely a battle that the co-founders were fighting, to keep Mass Effect a trilogy and to move onto other projects. But, they gave in and left the company, leaving EA and NeoBioWare to milk the franchises into extinction.

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Who is really going to buy anything ME3 related?

After the last poor showing we all know what its going to be.
A generic shooter, with a generic white male lead, with chest high walls, and bad DLC and DRM.

teebeeohh:
oh dear god they are going to make the destruction ending canon, what with all the not mentioning of genocide post EC. or maybe the geth and edi had anti-magic cast on them by Irenicus and the spell travelled through time and space?

Are you sure its the destruction ending? The left hand side ending is just as plausible as well and Edi and the Geth would have survived that one.

I was wondering when they would do something with Omega. I liked Leviathan, so I'll be looking forward to this.

I just wonder, where can they actually go with Mass Effect?

Are we surprised? No.

Are we Skeptical? Hell, yeah.

Prove you're still a good developer with Dragon Age 3, and we'll take a good look at Mass Effect Spin offs. Otherwise? Good luck to ye.

Ryan Hughes:
Wow. The same day that two of the co-founders announced they are leaving, this happens.

I want to say that BioWare announced this to cover up the news of the departures, but I do not think that they are actually that smart. This is likely a battle that the co-founders were fighting, to keep Mass Effect a trilogy and to move onto other projects. But, they gave in and left the company, leaving EA and NeoBioWare to milk the franchises into extinction.

I agree completely, I love the Mass Effect franchise about as much as I love Star Wars and Star Trek and I hate to let it go but it needs to go. At this point anything they bring will just be milking and diluting what made the original series so good.

Well I don't really have any faith in Bioware left at this point, but we'll see if they'll be the first company to survive EA. I mean I doubt it, and I'm all set to declare Dragon Age 1 their last good game, but again we'll see.

Mass Effect 3 is an incredibly inconsistent game. You had great pieces like Moridin vs Wrex/Wreav (and all the choices there-in), and the wrap up to the Thane (talk to him as *soon* as you get his message, don't wait!).

Then you get absolute garbage like Kasumi Goto wrap-up, the unstoppable, unflaggable, unshakeable, always-another-way Commander Shepard breaking down on a nauseating wave of self pity after the Prothean Temple encounter, and, of course, the Ending.

Going to agree, they have done what they can with the series. For better or worse, it is ended. Leave it be. Do not desecrate it anymore.

I see your shiny EA tag and continue to not buy your crap. Gg, Bioware.

Of course you weren't done. Nobody ever lets a multi million dollar franchise rest.

You won't be done until you drive the last nail into the coffin will you?

The people that made Bioware great left and the few people that made Bioware at least a capable developer also left.

Bioware has now officially become the new Origin.

A gaming legend that got their bone marrow sucked out by a parasite.

thebobmaster:

Gabanuka:
The only way to beat ME3 is scale is to go smaller. Mae its a much more personal story rather than "hurdur now its the UNIVERSE!"

I have to agree with this. Maybe some kind of threat to the Citadel that a Spectre is sent to investigate. And only the Citadel. Smaller scale, but still serious enough to warrant a game around.

Smaller scale?

We only saw ONE floor and a few sublevels in the Citadel. The Citadel is 44 KILOMETERS LONG! It has 5 arms each that length. It houses 13 MILLION people. It's basically a flying City.

They could make an entire game centered JUST on the Citadel and it's different areas and it would still be the biggest game in the series.

They don't have to go small. They can go even bigger and make a game that takes place in one big location. Like they tried with Dragon Age 2 and failed when they recycled 90% of the rooms and character models.

That's funny because I decided I was done with Mass Effect after I dragged myself through a replay of ME2. I still might buy a copy of the all DLC included ME3 when it drops below $20 but I'm not hanging out for it after playing the lacklustre demo. Yay demos.

Don't worry kids, while it's true that Greg Zeschuck and Ray Muzyka are leaving Bioware for good, at least you're gonna get more DLC !!!! Fuckin' hell...
Anyway, while I automatically lost interest as soon as I read DLC, I'm actually curious as to what they could possibly add to the already definitive story of Mass Effect 3. Not enough to pay for it ofc, but still :)

... looks over to a horse........
sees the horse fall over and is dead ......
sees Bioware going over to said horse.....
starts to watch Bioware bludgeon the horse.....

I can't wait. The Mass Effect series is one of the most enjoyable I've played in a long time. It'll be interesting to see what they have planed for the universe next.

Cerberus is going to use the Lazarus Project to ressurect the Reapers so that...something...something...defend the galaxy from the Reapers again!

If it turns out to be hardly connected to the trilogy's plot, then yeah I could get into this. I can see it now: Asari Bounty Hunter. You know I got this one, guys.

If Bioware's next IP involves not-Europe in the not-Medieval era and elves in any way, I call shenanigans on usage of the term "new".

teebeeohh:
oh dear god they are going to make the destruction ending canon, what with all the not mentioning of genocide post EC. or maybe the geth and edi had anti-magic cast on them by Irenicus and the spell travelled through time and space?

Well..if they make destroy Canon, they could always easily make this little webcomic canon to go along with it: http://sketch-bgi.deviantart.com/art/ME3-After-the-Black-SPOILERS-294045642?q=boost%3Apopular%20mass%20effect%203%20ending&qo=46

I admit the ending is utterly terrible no matter which way you slice it, extended content or no. But, well...i gotta admit if they made this comic here canon (Which will be impossible) It'd probably turn one of the worst endings in the last decade into one of the most hilarious things in ME.

Go away Bioware...

1337mokro:
Of course you weren't done. Nobody ever lets a multi million dollar franchise rest.

You won't be done until you drive the last nail into the coffin will you?

The people that made Bioware great left and the few people that made Bioware at least a capable developer also left.

Bioware has now officially become the new Origin.

A gaming legend that got their bone marrow sucked out by a parasite.

thebobmaster:

Gabanuka:
The only way to beat ME3 is scale is to go smaller. Mae its a much more personal story rather than "hurdur now its the UNIVERSE!"

I have to agree with this. Maybe some kind of threat to the Citadel that a Spectre is sent to investigate. And only the Citadel. Smaller scale, but still serious enough to warrant a game around.

Smaller scale?

We only saw ONE floor and a few sublevels in the Citadel. The Citadel is 44 KILOMETERS LONG! It has 5 arms each that length. It houses 13 MILLION people. It's basically a flying City.

They could make an entire game centered JUST on the Citadel and it's different areas and it would still be the biggest game in the series.

They don't have to go small. They can go even bigger and make a game that takes place in one big location. Like they tried with Dragon Age 2 and failed when they recycled 90% of the rooms and character models.

I'm pretty sure that the Milky Way Galaxy>The Citadel. That's what I meant by "smaller scale". I meant smaller in terms of what's at risk, not necessarily in terms of gameplay. You understand what I mean?

thebobmaster:

1337mokro:
Of course you weren't done. Nobody ever lets a multi million dollar franchise rest.

You won't be done until you drive the last nail into the coffin will you?

The people that made Bioware great left and the few people that made Bioware at least a capable developer also left.

Bioware has now officially become the new Origin.

A gaming legend that got their bone marrow sucked out by a parasite.

thebobmaster:

I have to agree with this. Maybe some kind of threat to the Citadel that a Spectre is sent to investigate. And only the Citadel. Smaller scale, but still serious enough to warrant a game around.

Smaller scale?

We only saw ONE floor and a few sublevels in the Citadel. The Citadel is 44 KILOMETERS LONG! It has 5 arms each that length. It houses 13 MILLION people. It's basically a flying City.

They could make an entire game centered JUST on the Citadel and it's different areas and it would still be the biggest game in the series.

They don't have to go small. They can go even bigger and make a game that takes place in one big location. Like they tried with Dragon Age 2 and failed when they recycled 90% of the rooms and character models.

I'm pretty sure that the Milky Way Galaxy>The Citadel. That's what I meant by "smaller scale". I meant smaller in terms of what's at risk, not necessarily in terms of gameplay. You understand what I mean?

Apparently I did not. I guessed the scale of the actual game not the setting.

The setting could be the entire universe and you can still keep it small scale by focusing on one character. For example Grim Fandango, I think you travel through several different dimensions of the land of the dead.

A big game to me is a game like Supreme Commander where you literally fight for control of planets by fighting wars over entire continents.

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