New Mass Effect "Moving Forward"

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New Mass Effect "Moving Forward"

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Bioware recently held meetings to discuss the characters and story of the next Mass Effect.

There's been a lot of speculation about the next game in the Mass Effect series. While Bioware has confirmed that the new entry will be separate from the saga of Commander Shepard, the developer has otherwise remained fairly mum on details involving anything to do with the new games. Recent Tweets from several Bioware employees, however, have pointed to progress.

"New #MassEffect story and main character reviews today," said cinematic director, Ken Thain. "This shit's gettin' real! I think the fans will be really excited to play this story." Mike Gamble, a producer on the Mass Effect series also described internal meetings involving the new game. "Lots of great @masseffect meetings today. Things are really moving forward. It's great to be involved in the universe again." These follow a July 15th Tweet from Yanick Roy, the director of Bioware Montreal, proclaiming that the new game will be "friendly both to old fans and newcomers."

Considering the uproar that Mass Effect 3 inspired, it will be interesting to see both where Bioware Montreal takes the next iteration of the series, and how fans react to it. While there have already been some loudly proclaiming their intentions to boycott all things Bioware, we have a feeling there may be at least a few gamers itching to jump back into the franchise's universe.

Source: GameSpot

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I'm in.

As long as it's more Mass Effect, I'm in. They could do a lot to screw it up and make a disappointing product, but even if that happens, it's still more of what I want.

C'moooon, First Contact War. I wanna shoot me some arrogant Turian sonsabitches.

This will end well.

And by end well, I mean, "hordes of the bitter and depressed will queue up to take a dump in Bioware's letterbox."

"Moving Forward"

So it IS a sequel!
Glad they're leaving Shepard out of it.

Lets hope this time around they're given enough time to perfect the game

Ah, Sure I'd give it a shot, if only to see where they are going to go with the story. Irrespective of the colour of the space magic, That arc is well and truly done.

It all depends on DA3 and their treatment of that storyline as to weather Bioware have any writing kudos anymore.

SonicWaffle:
C'moooon, First Contact War. I wanna shoot me some arrogant Turian sonsabitches.

I was hoping for something centered around a non-human, just for the sake of opening up more story/setting options they couldn't have used previously. First Contact War could very easily end up as Halo with a coat of Mass Effect paint if they do a sloppy job of it. But if they did a good job, yeah, that'd be pretty awesome.

RobotDinosaur:

SonicWaffle:
C'moooon, First Contact War. I wanna shoot me some arrogant Turian sonsabitches.

I was hoping for something centered around a non-human, just for the sake of opening up more story/setting options they couldn't have used previously. First Contact War could very easily end up as Halo with a coat of Mass Effect paint if they do a sloppy job of it. But if they did a good job, yeah, that'd be pretty awesome.

Actually now you've mentioned it, I kinda like your idea. Playing as a Krogan during the rebellion could be pretty kickass!

*Incoming onrush of knee jerk cynicism from the gaming community

In 3...2...1

Considering I didn't at all mind the ending to ME3, I'll be interested in seeing what they come up with.

Of course we'll be buying it. We don't lug around our N7 Normandy CIC Kit everyday, even though we hated the ending to ME3. We loved the rest of it.

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I personally thought ME3 got too much flak for no other good reason than fans that would have been angry no matter what Bioware did. It was my second favorite entry in the trilogy (after the second) and the ending was just fine imo.

My money is ready and waiting

Even if it completely makes up for Mass Effect 3 I'll still be buying it used. I'm not supporting EA.

If its set after ME3 - then they have to take into account the ending the stories of all the aliens, eg neophage being cured etc. If they set it inbetween the trilogy then they would have to take into account the reapers etc But if its set before the trilogy then that would be better. Whatever they decide, im sure it will be awesome - there are a lot of history they could base it on.

Should be interesting if it's meant to take place after the Shepard saga, if only for the fact that one of the 4 endings is going to be canonized. Now if it's meant to be a prequel or a side story, then there's a lot of fun stuff they can dive into.

Genocidicles:
Even if it completely makes up for Mass Effect 3 I'll still be buying it used. I'm not supporting EA.

I'm not buying the game at all because it's by EA. If by some miracle it sounds interesting I'll watch a Lets Play.

roushutsu:
Should be interesting if it's meant to take place after the Shepard saga, if only for the fact that one of the 4 endings is going to be canonized. Now if it's meant to be a prequel or a side story, then there's a lot of fun stuff they can dive into.

Or they will do like Dragon Age 2 did, and give you the option to pick the outcome of the first game if you don't have a save file. Since it feels like each ending pretty much wiped the slate clean, picking your favorite hue would be the only major differences.

Here's hoping for a sequel set after the Reaper war, preferably with live Reapers present, that would make conversations interesting.

As for buying it, we'll see. I bought number three on release day, not making that mistake again.

Bring back exploration and a tank (or hover tank) and we'll talk.

Let's see where you go with this, Bioware. I'm in.

DVS BSTrD:

"Moving Forward"

So it IS a sequel!

Not necessarily.

I read it as "$80 retail", "always-online DRM", "microtransactions", "day one DLC" and "digital download only".

You know, "forward" as in "the future".

Come on bioware, MOAR mass effect universe. I'm tenatively exicted simply because I love the Mass Effect universe and how vast it is. Come on bioware, please don't disappoint me :< MOAR QUARIANS.

Until Bioware proves that they haven't disappeared COMPLETELY up their own ass, I reserve the right to not be excited about anything they produce.

RobotDinosaur:

SonicWaffle:
C'moooon, First Contact War. I wanna shoot me some arrogant Turian sonsabitches.

I was hoping for something centered around a non-human, just for the sake of opening up more story/setting options they couldn't have used previously. First Contact War could very easily end up as Halo with a coat of Mass Effect paint if they do a sloppy job of it. But if they did a good job, yeah, that'd be pretty awesome.

And if they do need to cast us a human, make it Anderson, or at least stick us in his squad. Personally I'd rather see something take place after the events of ME3 as there's so much more of the ME galaxy to explore. I still want to see the Drell/Hanar homeworld, plus a chance to see Thessia & Sur'kesh without immediately being involved in a massive battle would be interesting. Let's try and be a bit positive about this, at least :)

SonicWaffle:
C'moooon, First Contact War. I wanna shoot me some arrogant Turian sonsabitches.

I would prefer shooting some ignorant humans at as a Turian. I'm really hoping for a pick your race option in this game. Humans bore me.

I'm open to the idea of the new mass effect blowing my mind as the first two did but I must admit the ending did sour my opinion somewhat. I won't get all exited by just the mass effect name anymore.

Soviet Heavy:

roushutsu:
Should be interesting if it's meant to take place after the Shepard saga, if only for the fact that one of the 4 endings is going to be canonized. Now if it's meant to be a prequel or a side story, then there's a lot of fun stuff they can dive into.

Or they will do like Dragon Age 2 did, and give you the option to pick the outcome of the first game if you don't have a save file. Since it feels like each ending pretty much wiped the slate clean, picking your favorite hue would be the only major differences.

Or they'll make that part DLC like Mass Effect 2 did. Not sure about ME3 though.

StewShearer:
"New #MassEffect story and main character reviews today," said cinematic director, Ken Thain. "This shit's gettin' real! I think the fans will be really excited to play this story." Mike Gamble, a producer on the Mass Effect series also described internal meetings involving the new game. "Lots of great @masseffect meetings today. Things are really moving forward. It's great to be involved in the universe again." These follow a July 15th Tweet from Yanick Roy, the director of Bioware Montreal, proclaiming that the new game will be "friendly both to old fans and newcomers."

I don't know about anyone else but when I read the embolden section, I just think of a game so streamlined, so on rails you'll think you're playing Heavy Rain 2.

Miyenne:
Of course we'll be buying it. We don't lug around our N7 Normandy CIC Kit everyday, even though we hated the ending to ME3. We loved the rest of it.

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huh, i have that exact same messanger bag, but it doesn't have any of the mass effect stuff. its an israeli paratrooper bag i got from a military surplus.

After DA 2 and ME 3 I have no faith. That being said I really hope that those who do buy it enjoy it. I also hope that those like me who intend not to buy it do not spend the next few years screaming about how Bioware are the anti christ of gaming and it needs to be boycott.

Gizmo1990:
After DA 2 and ME 3 I have no faith. That being said I really hope that those who do buy it enjoy it. I also hope that those like me who intend not to buy it do not spend the next few years screaming about how Bioware are the anti christ of gaming and it needs to be boycott.

Whether they buy it or not, people will bitch endlessly about the game.

If the new Mass Effect brings back planet exploration and has Space Combat similar to that in Star Trek: Online, then all is forgiven!

I'd like to see franchises mix up the genres a bit. A 4X game in the Mass Effect universe has the potential to be awesome, but I doubt that would ever happen!

SonicWaffle:
C'moooon, First Contact War. I wanna shoot me some arrogant Turian sonsabitches.

You gotta remember though that only like 50 people or something died in that "war". It was very small scale. It'd barely register as a side-quest in any other games. There's a reason the turians just call it an incident (cant remember the number designation of the relay though).

Personally, I hope for something that has you play as, and perhaps even interact primarily with, an alien species. Even when bioware has these sprawling epics about gathering an army to fight some force, it's very anthropocentric. In Dragon Age: Origins the final-battle cut-scenes at

feature exclusively humans, even though the quest to get human support from redcliffe is really damn short, and is really really short. Admittedly the build up to the latter was probably one of the best bits of the game, it wasn't particularly complex or developed as a plot unto itself. The major points it covered were, as it should be, mentioned and built up over the rest of the game.
In Mass Effect 3, we barely even get a glimpse of the other races' ships, and the ONLY time we see their ground troops they get fucked up by a reaper. The worst offense of course being that a krogan, A KROGAN, hesitated to shoot a reaper in the eye and started to run away when the thing looked his way before charging his lazor.
Side note: did it seriously take them 3 games to figure out that since the carapace is pretty damn thick you should try shooting at the weapon compartment, the one section that uniformly has armor plating MOVED OUT OF THE WAY before they use it? I have literally no military experience and but a drop of engineering knowledge, and that SCREAMED structural weak point to me. At the very least you could break the weapon and reduce reapers to battering rams (dangerous battering rams with arms, but the point is you got rid of their primary weapon).

Samurai Rabbit:
I'd like to see franchises mix up the genres a bit. A 4X game in the Mass Effect universe has the potential to be awesome, but I doubt that would ever happen!

Yeah, mass effect is a bit like star wars in that regard. You can do pretty much anything with it.
You know what would be hilarious and kind of awesome at the same time? Mass Effect: Galaxies.

"Goose Laying Golden Eggs Slain; Owners In Consultancy With Creators of Turducken Regarding Re-Assembly"

Okay, a little harsh perhaps. But if they've actually learned something from the uproar, my humble suggestion would be:

1. Self-contained game, not the first of a trilogy.
2. More personal and inter-personal plot arc, rather than another "fate of the universe" thread.
3. Resist the impulse to give every surviving character from the earlier games a walk-on.
4. Ditch the military aspect; work with characters who are less beholden to a central authority.
5. Work on creating more situations that involve solutions other than shooting your way out.
6. Don't piss off the fanbase even more by suggesting a problem that was clearly and cleanly resolved in the earlier games, especially one that characters sacrificed their lives to resolve, is returned and/or has dangling threads.
7. Use this as an opportunity to develop or flesh out world lore in ways besides virtual encyclopedia entries.
8. Mineral collection is busy-work, and pretty much always has been. Either find a way to make it more interesting, or drop it all together.
9. Try not to punish players for not playing all-the-way Paragon or all-the-way Renegade. Kind-hearted people sometimes have to make tough decisions, and rough, play-by-their-own rules types still have their moments of tenderness. It's called "role-playing".
10. Some people have no interest in multiplayer. Be okay with this.

'Kay, Bioware? Call me. ;)

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