BioWare have confirmed that their Montreal studio is developing the next chapter of the Mass Effect series.
In a post on the BioWare blog, Yanick Roy confirmed that a brand new chapter in the Mass Effect series will be developed by the Montreal team, with input from their Edmonton studio that developed the previous three games.
If you think that the transition is something to worry about, they’ve already had a hand in the development of the series.
We started by building about half the cinematics for ME2, then most of its N7 missions, and finally we played an important role in the development of much of its post-release content. Then on ME3, we took charge of the multiplayer portion as well as making significant contributions to the single-player campaign. Most recently, we built a large piece of DLC that will be released on November 27 and that you know under the name of Omega.
They go on to explain that the series’ “…evolution now takes its next step, with the news that the next Mass Effect game is already in development, driven by the team here in Montreal. This is the goal we have been working toward for years now, and every member of our team is proud, excited, and humbled to take on the responsibility for the next game.”
According to Yanick, there aren’t a lot of details surrounding the game at the moment, other than… “it will be built with the amazing technology of Frostbite as its foundation, enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age III team has already spent a lot of time building.” It will also “…be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts. You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling.”
It will be interesting to see how this develops, considering the backlash surrounding the conclusion to Mass Effect 3. Maybe a new development studio could be what the series needs to get back on track to being the Space soap opera that it did so well with being in the first and second games.