Although BioWare confirmed the existence of Mass Effect 4 back in September, development of the game didn’t actually start until very recently, Mass Effect 3 producer Mike Gamble revealed in a recent interview with Gamer Syndrome (via Joystiq).
Since development on the next Mass Effect is just now getting underway, it sounds like we’ll have quite a wait ahead of until we get to see for ourselves how BioWare handles the series’ universe following the ending of Mass Effect 3.
“Late 2014 to mid-2015,” Gamble said of the next Mass Effect‘s release date. “I honestly can’t tell you an exact because full development on the game started a month or two ago.”
As revealed last month, Mass Effect 4 will be running on DICE’s popular Frostbite engine, and that development on the game has changed hands from BioWare Edmonton to BioWare Montreal. Despite the change of studios, Gamble says that you can expect the same “feel” out of their game.
“While I can’t comment on why it changed studios, fans can expect a similar style of choices and action that they’ve come to know in Mass Effect,” Gamble said. “Casey Hudson is very much involved in the new Mass Effect game, as well as many from Edmonton. BioWare Montreal is a great studio and they did fantastic with the multiplayer for Mass Effect 3, so fans should know the series is in good hands.”
Gamble wasn’t willing to talk specifics about the game and its mechanics seeing as how development only recent began, but he did take some time to praise the Frostbite engine, and confirm that we’ll be hearing more about the next Mass Effect next year.
“The game isn’t far along in development so I can’t comment on specifics because they isn’t any yet. Frostbite 2 is a really good game engine that we are also using on Dragon Age 3. As far as release date, there’s nothing to be announced yet. You’ll hear more about the new Mass Effect game in 2013.”