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BioWare confirms Mass Effect book series is legitimate

By Shawn Knight
Jun 28, 2016
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  1. Canadian game developer BioWare has confirmed that it is working on a new Mass Effect novel series, shoring up leaks on the subject that got out over the weekend.

    BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts, said in a brief post on its blog that it is working with publisher Titan Books on the project which will give them the opportunity to expand the Mass Effect universe and bring new stories to life outside of the games.

    Unfortunately, BioWare said it is still too early to go into more details about the books or when they will be released but promised to provide pertinent details as they become available. They did say that they are in the midst of the creative process right now and are working with a talented group of writers to help tell the stories.

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m neither a bookworm nor a movie buff but from an outsider’s perspective, it’s refreshing to see a developer take a big franchise like Mass Effect and consider continuing the story with a novel series.

    Of course, just because you do one doesn’t mean the other option is off the table.

    Close to a decade ago, Avi Arad, ex-CEO of Marvel studio, optioned the movie rights to Mass Effect. Legendary Pictures signed on in 2010 but since that time, the project has gone through numerous ups and downs. It may still happen, perhaps as late as this year but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    I enjoyed the first 3 games (particularly 2) a lot. I would actually buy into this and I'm not a massive reader (when it comes to books anyway, the amount of reading I do off a computer screen on the other hand I would consider excessive).
     
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +598

    This is all very nice, and I'll no doubt read the books.

    BUT...I'd rather have another trilogy Mass Effect set of games. Those were SO much fun to play.
     
  4. Spence1115

    Spence1115 TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +24

    Well we're getting a new game, I'd imagine there'll be more, so yeah, we're getting that.
     
  5. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 166   +41

    There is already a couple Mass Effect books out there. Written by one of the (former) lead writers for Mass Effect.
     
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    Do you have a link / name? I'd like to read those. What happened to the writer?
     
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  7. Randomthom

    Randomthom TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +16

    I think Drew Karpyshyn wrote at least one of them. He was the lead writer of ME1 & 2 games and was heavily involved in Knights of the Old Republic.
     
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  8. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 166   +41

    Exactly (didn't feel like looking up how to spell his name, lol).

    He wrote the Darth Bane trilogy as well, which told the beginning of the Sith as we know it. Some of the best Star Wars writing (imo).

    Love that guy
     
  9. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 166   +41

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