Tomorrow, November 7th is N7 day – a day to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the release of one of my very favourite gaming franchises from the last generation, Mass Effect. I don’t think there’s a single overarching series of games that got me so emotionally invested in so many characters. In celebration of N7 Day, Bioware is hosting a Developer Roundtable that’ll be streamed all over the internet. Could they reveal some new information about the next game in the series?
It’s on tomorrow, at 10am Pacific Time, which is tomorrow at 8pm in local time. You’ll be able to watch the stream here. Presumably, they’ll be discussing a few things related to the Mass Effect universe, quite ostensibly spilling details on the new game. And, as loathe as I am for remakes, if there’s one series I would happily replay all gussied up for a new generation, it would have to be Mass Effect. The original game was released as an Xbox 360 exclusive back in November 2007, and now, 7 years on, would be a great time for a re-release.
If not news of a remaster, I’d happily gobble up any new information on the new game, which is definitely not Mass Effect 4. Officially announced at this year’s E3, the game will be running on Frostbite 3 engine, much like the imminent Dragon Age: Inqusition.
“To call the next game ‘Mass Effect 4’ or ‘ME4’ is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here.,” BioWare community manager Chris Priestly said of the new game. “We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying ‘well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending.’ No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it. I do not call the game ME4 when I talk about it ever, [because] that makes people think of it more as ‘what happens after ‘Mass Effect 3’ rather than ‘what game happens next set in the ‘Mass Effect’ Universe. Obviously fans are going to speculate content, character and story until we actually reveal details in the years or months to come as you have almost no actual details, just don’t get bogged down in ‘well how are they going to continue ME3.’”
What are you hoping to hear from Bioware’s N7 day stream? Would you jump up and down like an excited child for a remaster of Shepherd’s trilogy, or are you more keen to see what’s next for the Mass Effect Universe?
Last Updated: November 6, 2014