The next installment to the extremely popular Mass Effect video game franchise is tentatively scheduled for a release in 2015. But what do we know about the game so far, and what can players expect from the highly anticipated Mass Effect sequel?
The Mass Effect games are highly complex sci-fi first-person shooters that give players the option of controlling their destiny and changing their fate. Mass Effect 3 disappointed many fans with a surprisingly closed ending for the standards of the Mass Effect series. Now fans are wondering when Mass Effect 4 will arrive and if improvements have been made to the variability of the story and the overall gameplay.
You can watch the teaser trailer for Mass Effect 4 released at this year’s E3 convention in the video below:
According to BreatheCast, Mass Effect 4 is being developed by BioWare exclusively for Playstation 4 and Xbox One, because the game will have incredibly high requirements for graphics and processing. Mass Effect 4 will run on the Frostbite 3 Engine, the same as the game Battlefield 4.
BioWare community manager Chris Priestly released the following statement about Mass Effect 4, regarding some major changes to the Mass Effect franchise:
“We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next [Mass Effect] 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.”
Eurogamer reported on everything the public knows so far about Mass Effect 4. It seems the new Mass Effect sequel will take place in an entirely new region of space, different from the previous games. Exploration will still take place via space vehicles, but the mapping system will use a new “fluid” Galaxy Map to allow players to navigate vast expanses. There was also leaked information from PAX Prime 2013, suggesting two new alien races could enter the Mass Effect universe.
Meanwhile, BioWare is also ready to release Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is considered the fantasy equivalent of the Mass Effect games. Fool.com suggested that, in order for Mass Effect 4 to be a success, BioWare must not mess up Dragon Age: Inquisition. They should also not get “greedy with DLC,” which means don’t release too much downloadable content to make extra money.
Will you be picking up the new Mass Effect game when it comes out in 2015?