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A new Mass Effect? Maybe, says BioWare's Casey Hudson

Ever since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, the future of the franchise has been in peril. The game was panned by critics and consumers alike for its numerous bugs and other performance issues. Even EA refused to comment on when we would see another game in the franchise. All future Mass Effect: Andromeda expansions were eventually cancelled and developer BioWare Montreal was disbanded.

Everyone assumed — what was only logical — that that was it for the Mass Effect franchise. However, it seems that aside from working on Dragon Age 4, BioWare is also developing another Mass Effect title.

In the "Mid-Summer Update" post on BioWare's blog, General Manager Casey Hudson said, "we hear loud and clear the interest in BioWare doing more Dragon Age and Mass Effect, so rest assured that we have some teams hidden away working on some secret stuff that I think you'll really like — we're just not ready to talk about any of it for a little while."

Hopefully the next Mass Effect will be a polished experience this time around. Mass Effect: Andromeda's semi-open world layout pushed the franchise is a new direction, but its technical flaws were more noticeable than its improvements. In order to revitalize the Mass Effect franchise, BioWare needs to make sure the project is technically sound and tells a cohesive story.

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12 Comments
  • To hell with that. Go back to the original timeline.
  • I would welcome Mass Effect 4 with Shepard.
  • Shepard and a open world combo?
    That would be interesting.
  • Don't get all the Andromeda hate. The final, patched game is worth playing if you are a fan of the genre. Character development and writing is weaker than in the original series without question, but the game is beautiful, the combat is fun, the Andromeda universe is interesting, and there are no bugs to speak of. On a 2K PC with ultra settings, the facial modeling is not that bad either. (Things look rougher on Xbox though.) Playing as Fem Ryder is my choice for the most interesting and believable protagonist.
  • The Xbox One edition is still flawed though. The base version suffers from performance issues and the controls are a little clunky. On Xbox One X it's pretty good in terms of performance, but again the resolution is so low that it looks incredibly blurry. It isn't Xbox One X Enhanced and now that BioWare Montreal is no more, it won't be either.
  • That is really sad.
    I bought the game a view weeks after release, and except some face mimic issues, the game was mostly bug-free.
    I also did like some of the characters storylines.
  • Yes. That's why I recommend playing it on Windows 10. Unlike the original series, Andromeda has full controller support on PC, so if you are a console gamer, you can still enjoy it on PC.
  • Can't afford a PC that runs it well though unfortunately.
  • Man at least a epilogue dlc for Andromeda.
  • The game had zero problems and is one of the best of its kind. The open world scenarios was fantastic. I do not not but I have played a lot of games and they had one of the best story, gameplay, game mechanics. I hope to see the new game soon.
  • Andromeda was my first venture into the Mass Effect universe and man was it disappointing, I think new players like me were mostly the target audience and that failed, from what I'm hearing they should have stuck to the original plan and kept fans of the franchise happy!
  • I really enjoyed Andromeda, not sure what all the complaints were, certainly hope the follow it up.