Bioware Working on a New IP

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Bioware Working on a New IP

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Bioware's Casey Hudson has revealed that he and others within the company are developing a new franchise.

Between its work on franchises like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware's various studios have been kept fairly busy the past few years. The future doesn't look like it will be offering any respite; a new Dragon Age and Mass Effect, as well as updates to The Old Republic, are already in the works. Even so, the developer is still finding time to come up with some new ideas. During a panel at PAX East, Casey Hudson, director of the Mass Effect games, revealed that Bioware is currently in the process of creating a new franchise.

According to Hudson, he and his team at Bioware Edmonton, the studio that made Mass Effect, are working with Preston Watamaniuk, Bioware's Senior Creative Director, to develop the new property. Outside of those bare details, Hudson and Bioware have offered no other hints as to what the new game will be. Hudson did confirm, however, that this new IP would not be interfering with his work overseeing the development of the next Mass Effect game, which is being made by Bioware Montreal.

A new intellectual property could be just what the developer needs. Many of its present franchises have found themselves, in recent years, mired in troubles. Dragon Age 2 sold well but received mix reviews, while Mass Effect 3 came to be defined by one of the largest fan outrages in the history of videogames. Add in the persistent under performance of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it might be safe to say that Bioware's franchises are in a slightly more tenuous place than the company might like. A fresh IP could give Bioware a chance to move away recent controversies in a way that a sequel, bogged down by standing impressions, couldn't.

Source: IGN

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You are not Bioware. You disrespect Bioware's memory by wearing its face, but you're nothing like it.

My first thought upon reading the title was:

"Good. Bioware need a new IP to work on, as the ones they have right now have too much fan expectation. Something they can start from scratch is the best way to go to make people happy."

My second thought, once I started reading the article was:

"Oh. Casey Hudson is working on it."

All things considered, this may be the chance for Bioware to gain back some lost fans. As long as this project isn't rushed out the door, and has more focus than the last few (rather than trying to please absolutely everybody), they may be able to make something really good.

Legion:
My first thought upon reading the title was:

"Good. Bioware need a new IP to work on, as the ones they have right now have too much fan expectation. Something they can start from scratch is the best way to go to make people happy."

My second thought, once I started reading the article was:

"Oh. Casey Hudson is working on it."

I can only hope that Casey gets sidetracked on this project and allows Bioware Montreal to work without him... you know, so the next ME might actually be good XP

Please don't suck, please don't suck.
And while we are at it: Don't be an MMO and don't be for any hand-held devices.

Legion:
"Oh. Casey Hudson is working on it."

Is there something wrong with that?
He also worked on BG2, SW:KotR, NWN and ME1 and those were good the last time I checked... (I'm pretty indifferent towards Jade Empire)

They really just need to get out from under the thumb of EA.

When I read the title, I was glad. Bioware may not be what it was but despite the mess that was DA2 I did enjoy (most) of ME3. However after reading that Casey Hudson is envolved I will not touch this with a 100 mile pole. I have no faith in this man.

Legion:
My first thought upon reading the title was:

"Good. Bioware need a new IP to work on, as the ones they have right now have too much fan expectation. Something they can start from scratch is the best way to go to make people happy."

My second thought, once I started reading the article was:

"Oh. Casey Hudson is working on it."

Yea..... that was my viewpoint. The fact that all accounts point to him being the sole hand behind the ME3 ending and the public announcements that were later shown to be lies that caused so much trouble over an otherwise very good game makes anything he works on crippled from the gate in my eyes.

So they have three franchises that are having significant troubles likely brought about by spreading their limited resources far too thin. The obvious logical conclusion to draw from that is to start a fourth IP. Brilliant...

Yeah, I'm no longer interested in anything Bioware does. Good luck to them and anyone who still looks forward to their new games with great expectations, but to me they've clearly gone from the best dev in the business to an illustration of everything that is wrong with the industry.

It will inevitably fail. It is under too much pressure to succeed.

Legion:

"Oh. Casey Hudson is working on it."

okay, well, we should give him another chance.

he is keen to sail other peoples ideas into solid reefs and cliffs, but now that he is on a new (and maybe his own) I.P. he might pull it off.

he just has to end every game on a cliffhanger to avoid having a utterly retarded final ending..

Ishigami:
Please don't suck, please don't suck.
And while we are at it: Don't be an MMO and don't be for any hand-held devices.

Legion:
"Oh. Casey Hudson is working on it."

Is there something wrong with that?
He also worked on BG2, SW:KotR, NWN and ME1 and those were good the last time I checked... (I'm pretty indifferent towards Jade Empire)

I am not suggesting that everything he works on is going to be bad, just that I find it slightly difficult to feel excited about the person writing the ending to ME3 being in a leading role of a game.

He is not incapable, but I think it is more relevant to judge people on their more recent work, when it comes to anticipating their next.

That's not to say that I am foolish enough to write it off before it's even started. The problems with Mass Effect 3 were largely due to writing themselves into a corner, so that they'd never be able to please everybody. They more or less said this after ME2 was released.

So a new I.P may be a good thing for him as well.

Well at least EA is willing to try new and different settings for their microtransactions, online passes, and DRM.

I don't know why people keep referring to Bioware as a separate entity from EA though. It's like saying your hand is separate from the rest of you. EA = Bioware just like EA = DICE and EA = Visceral Games. Just different names for hands feet and torso.

Anyone else just kind of shrug at this? Anyone else just kind of tired of Bioware/EA?

I am getting sick unto death of news and press releases by these guys. All the market'ing in the world is not going to inspire confidence or win back goodwill and loyalty from fans of gaming past. Only good games will do that. So, shush up, get out from under the spot light, work quietly but passionately for a few years, come back with stuff that will blow our socks off.

If it is great, I will play it. But I have no faith at the moment that it will be great.

"BioWare's Casey Hudson..."

And just like that, any interest I would have had is gone.

Fappy:

Legion:
My first thought upon reading the title was:

"Good. Bioware need a new IP to work on, as the ones they have right now have too much fan expectation. Something they can start from scratch is the best way to go to make people happy."

My second thought, once I started reading the article was:

"Oh. Casey Hudson is working on it."

I can only hope that Casey gets sidetracked on this project and allows Bioware Montreal to work without him... you know, so the next ME might actually be good XP

That might be good, but in all honesty, it might be even better were the next ME to distract Hudson's attention from this new IP, so it could get off the ground and be good, whereas whatever happens next with ME will inevitably carry with it the spectre of the ME3 finale - the worst Hudson can do there is kill once and for all what many assume is FUBAR.

I am looking MUCH more forward to a new BioWare IP than a continuation of their existing stuff, because BioWare always shines when it comes to establishing new IP. Yes, ME2 improved on ME1 in many, many ways, but it was still Mass Effect, and its strengths came from the solid, engaging foundation that the first game laid down. Dragon Age: Origins also laid down a solid foundation, it was just left by the roadside and ignored for no apparent reason. With any luck, a new IP will be both fresh, and give BioWare a chance to get away from their past mistakes.

And, on the cynical side, a new IP will confirm for many, once and for all, if BioWare is still possessed of the style and creative flair which has let it put out these fantastic games, or if it's just the Hannibal Lecter of EA wearing BioWare's mangled face. And then, regardless of which way that goes, with any luck we'll stop hearing about it quite so much.

It's either cyberpunk modem, steampunk, or ancient times.

They aren't going to bog down their existing, ongoing fantasy/scifi series with direct competition, which leaves just a few genre-standard (if uncommon) themes for them to explore. And given their penchant for world building, I'd guess they'll go for one of the above.

Once upon a time an announcement like this would have been met with me going 'squeeee!'

Now all it will get is 'meh.'

Amazing how a mediocre game and a shitty ending can change my perspective of a developer.

well, didn't take long for the smearing to begin. That's a new record.

Anyway, I'm interested to see what sort of setting they'll use. I can't imagine them using the classic sci-fi one like Mass Effect

Bad Bioware! Still using fuckin' Casey Hudson...

They should really just make Jade Empire 2

Ok. New IP is good news right? And it's from Bioware so it will be good right? Right?

right?

its amazing how a few incidents make you go fuck the gaming community
i wonder what setting it'll use hope its one i like

Good, they need a new IP. Hopefully this one will be as interesting and memorable as Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire. Speaking of which though...

Jade Empire is quite an underutilized property... I don't understand Bioware's resistance to reviving it...

Maybe it'll be a game about magnet physics? So it really will be intended to polarize!

Rock on. Interested to see where they take what they've learned over the last couple of years. Plenty of genres and settings out there that could do with the healthy dose of narrative focus and player choice elements.

PedroSteckecilo:
Good, they need a new IP. Hopefully this one will be as interesting and memorable as Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire. Speaking of which though...

Jade Empire is quite an underutilized property... I don't understand Bioware's resistance to reviving it...

If they did, I hope they consider overhauling the gameplay wholesale. It was an interesting concept, but the execution was more than a little lacking I felt. There was way too much of grinding your opponents down without much variety.

PedroSteckecilo:
Good, they need a new IP. Hopefully this one will be as interesting and memorable as Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire. Speaking of which though...

Jade Empire is quite an underutilized property... I don't understand Bioware's resistance to reviving it...

i don't understand either look at me3 guess they don't have a problem with making subpar endings

This won't end well.

Still, I'm willing to see it!

Color me interested, but not caring all too much at the moment. Considering they are working on the next Mass Effect series as well as Dragon Age 3, I'm at least going to wait until we hear more. That or until DA3 is out.

But hey, as long as the game sounds interesting, I'll wait in earnest.

PedroSteckecilo:
Good, they need a new IP. Hopefully this one will be as interesting and memorable as Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire. Speaking of which though...

Jade Empire is quite an underutilized property... I don't understand Bioware's resistance to reviving it...

One of the problems I found with Jade Empire was that its fighting system was lackluster. You can chock a lot of it up to beginners errors and it SHOWS. The player is able to have one party member at a time out, a LOT of the styles are outright broken or just useless (seriously, Jade Golem and Mirabelle destroy any difficulty), and the styles themselves didn't have that much depth to them. To really bring the series back they'd need to start from scratch with the fighting engine. I think something like Amalur's would work best, but they'd have to find a way to really make it fun and balanced.

omicron1:
It's either cyberpunk modem, steampunk, or ancient times.

They aren't going to bog down their existing, ongoing fantasy/scifi series with direct competition, which leaves just a few genre-standard (if uncommon) themes for them to explore. And given their penchant for world building, I'd guess they'll go for one of the above.

Based upon the current games being put out I bet EA pressures them to make a Cyberpunk game. After all we wouldn't want to fail to compete against Remember Me and Watch Dogs. Instead of you know working on a different genre and not competing with them. Still if it's a good game I'll buy it with no complaints

I just wish some game developers would realize there is an Urban Fantasy Genre (wildly popular in the literature market) and start producing that. Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines stands out today as a masterful story telling experience in that niche.

I'm worried about the new Mass Effect being done by Montreal. They're the folks who did the Omega DLC, probably everyone's least favorite single-player DLC. A whole lot of shooty-shooty and not much of what people love about Mass Effect.

I'd say that they have too much on their plate right now to be working on a new IP, but I guess they know what they're doing.

Did someone say Casey Hudson?
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Sorry but that is like saying:
"GEORGE LUCAS IS WRITING THE DIALOGUE"
"BETHESDA IS DOING THE QA!"
"M Night is directing!"

We all know what Casey H. being part of something in a big way means.

I don't hold a grudge against them for any previous writing based mistakes, but I'm still apprehensive about this as it'll probably end up with microtransactions, day one DLC, an unnecessary multiplayer mode and pre-order bonuses beyond count.

So I doubt I'll even be getting it used.

You know this could have EA behind it, using the once great Bioware to try and renew faith for both of them. Which they could have done by making DA3 great... So I'm probably wrong.

Anyway, I liked DA2 quite a bit and I still have faith in Bioware so I look forward to it.

DVS BSTrD:
Maybe it'll be a game about magnet physics? So it really will be intended to polarize!

HAHAHA Too late!

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That said... Saw what you did there! +1 Internet 4 U! =D

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