BioWare "starting to get ready" for new Mass Effect, Tali almost benched in ME3
Posted: 25.03.2013 12:39 by Simon Priest Comments: 9
Casey Hudson, executive producer of the Mass Effect series, has reiterated at PAX East that 'Mass Effect 4' will be "a new thing," as it breaks away from the Commander Shephard trilogy.

The original Mass Effect team at BioWare Edmonton is creating a "whole new fictional universe", while BioWare Montreal takes the reins. Tali almost wasn't a squadmate in Mass Effect 3.

Everyone's favourite masked girl on her pilgrimage - Tali'Zorah - very nearly missed out on a lot of the action in Mass Effect 3 as she was going to be limited to a cameo.

"We talked about not putting Tali in as a full squadmate and passionate people on the team were like 'oh, you gotta put Tali in. Tali's got to be there!' So thank Patrick Weekes and some of our writers for that," revealed Hudson at PAX East. "We figured if he was passionate about it then there were other people passionate about it, so we put her in there."

The studio released some interesting stats for Mass Effect 3 and showed that, despite getting huge props from fans online, only 18 percent of gamers played as FemShep. 64.5 percent of us were goody-two-shoes and followed the Paragon path, with 92 percent curing the genophage and 59 percent working to redeem the Geth.

Mass Effect now enters new unexplored territory as it moves forward. "We are starting to get ready to develop another Mass Effect game, and it’s going to be a new thing,” explained Hudson. He remains as executive producer of the sci-fi series but will be heading up his own new IP along with other Mass Effect creators at BioWare Edmonton.

"We want to be able to give fans an opportunity to get back into the world with these things you’ve come to know and love about the Mass Effect experience but start something fresh and new – a new way for you to explore the whole universe in Mass Effect.” BioWare Montreal is taking over control of the Mass Relays now.

“We are developing a whole new fictional universe at BioWare for myself and Preston. That’s kind of our next thing,” continued Hudson. “We’re focusing on building something new the way we did at the very beginning on Mass Effect.”

Not long ago BioWare had been fielding questions and suggestions from fans on where they'd like to see the next Mass Effect go; sequel or prequel? It'll be quite some time before we see the results, although it'll probably powered by DICE's Frostbite 2 engine much like Dragon Age 3.

Source: PSU
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By djole381 (SI Elite) on Mar 25, 2013
If it's a prequel, I'm not getting this.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 25, 2013
Yea, I'd really like to see how they climb out of the hole they created with that ending. A prequel would be perfectly fine AFTER they fix things.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Mar 25, 2013
Same here,if i return to the series i want them to fix things before even considering looking at their games.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 25, 2013
I am sorry to say that truly I have lost all faith in BioWare as a prominent and reliable Developer. I don't care if people blame EA. I know where the true fault lies and it's at the heart of the Developer.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Mar 25, 2013
Looks like we're on the same wavelength guys, I second the notion of only buying the next ME game if it is a sequel.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Mar 26, 2013
Prequel or sequel doesn't matter,they have my confidence its gonna be a great game!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 26, 2013
Love your eternal optimism, Heno. Unquestioning positiveness that brightens the heart of every gamer in these dark times of disappointments and false promises.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Mar 27, 2013
Only with the games who are great my friend Herodutus.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 27, 2013
I'm with you here Hero - I have since long decided to get off the BioWare fan-wagon and I simply won't invest any interest in Dragon Age 3 or well most anything they do. I don't like Origin platform and since the games more and more don't entice me - something really Huge have to happen to make reconsider those statements...