You can’t keep a good franchise down, and even though the galactic war with the Reapers may have ended in one of several colour-coded epilogues, Mass Effect will still live on. Bioware has plans for their franchise, as they’ve begun discussions on a brand new cycle of cover-shooting and biotic boosts, alongside some new DLC for Mass Effect 3.
Speaking in a blog post on the official BioWare website, Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn detailed that the latest single-player DLC coming for the third game was called “Omega”.
Casey Hudson and his team are coming off an amazing eight-year run with the Mass Effect trilogy, but they’re not done yet. We are releasing more multiplayer content and we have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the Fall.
But the Mass Effect universe is vast, and Casey and our teams have plans for another full game. Where to go next? With such a project has been a question a lot of us have been asking, and we’d all love to hear your ideas.
That’s in addition to a new Dragon Age game, which disappointingly does not revolve around the Spanish Inquisition unexpectedly bursting through doors in nice shiny red uniforms. Bioware is looking to create another new universe, one which will be built from the ground up according to Flynn.
While Casey continues to oversee the development of our new Mass Effect project, he and his leads are putting together their vision for an all new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology. Even if it doesn’t include Bioware founders Ray Muzkya and Greg Zeschuk, who announced their retirement from the studio.
As the GM for Edmonton and Montreal, I know that creative people are delivering new content and gameplay for established franchises, and new games that go in new directions.
Ray and Greg built BioWare to last. They’ve always known their retirement would come one day, so they developed a team of people who would ensure their standards and culture would endure. We’ll humbly carry that torch and continue learning in the process.
So, a new Mass Effect game? Video game rules state that it has to be a prequel then, much like what God of War and Gears of War have done already. But a brand new IP from Bioware is what really has me excited. They’ve covered the future, and the past already with Mass Effect and Dragon Age, so it’ll be interesting to see what they dip their toes into next, and how the departure of Muzkya and Zeschuck impacts on it.
Last Updated: September 19, 2012