Bioware teases the next Mass Effect with a short trailer

Cal Jeffrey

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In a nutshell: Mass Effect is arguably one of Bioware's most beloved franchises. Fans are so ardent that November 7 has become known as N7 Day, named after the highest rank of special forces in the Systems Alliance. At The Game Awards 2020, Bioware solidly confirmed that the adventures would continue marking a new entry in the series.

Back on N7 Day, Bioware studio head Casey Hudson confirmed that a team consisting of many of the original Mass Effect crew was working on a new game in the series. He also announced that a remaster of the trilogy was in the pipe.

On Thursday, The Game Awards Show capped the evening off with a teaser trailer for the new Mass Effect chapter, solidly reassuring fans that it is indeed underway. There was no indication of a title (Mass Effect 4?) other than the Mass Effect logo at the end with the words "will continue" below it.

The trailer starts with a disembodied trip through the Milky Way Galaxy against an audio backdrop of historical NASA transmissions. The camera eventually passes by planets in the Sol System and the sun itself. The trip weaves its way through the wreckage of what was once the Citadel as the audio switches to panicked Systems Alliance broadcasts.

We see a shuttle speeding towards a dark planet before the scene cuts to a lone figure ascending a frozen mountain. The mysterious being finds a broken piece of N7 armor covered with snow. The shuttle can be seen in the distance with at least three shadowy crew members nearby before the clip fades to the Mass Effect title screen.

Although we don't get a good look at this hooded character, it appears to be the profile of Liara T'Soni, or at least someone of her race. Could Bioware be hinting that the original crew of Mass Effect is making a return? We'll have to wait and see. Hopefully, the developers go back to their roots and create something more compelling than their last effortā€”Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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Krackan

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With Casey Hudson gone and them claiming some of the old team from ME 1-3 is working on it, this might have a chance to be....ok.
 

terzaerian

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Saying a game MIGHT be ok is not falling for hype lol. If I would've said "omg new Mass Effect Bioware rulez already preordered" then your overreaction would make a bit more sense.
This is how the EA hype cycle works: bad game > cooloff period > trailer and cautious optimism > building hype from coverage > bad game

Rinse and repeat ad infinitum. Cauterize EA out of your life
 

BSim500

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Saying a game MIGHT be ok is not falling for hype lol. If I would've said "omg new Mass Effect Bioware rulez already preordered" then your overreaction would make a bit more sense.
Unfortunately he's not wrong in pointing out that all the heavyweight RPG Bioware talent is long gone. What's left is EA flogging last decade's IP to death then placing a "Bioware" sticker over the top as if there's any meaningful difference anymore.
 

candle_86

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This is how the EA hype cycle works: bad game > cooloff period > trailer and cautious optimism > building hype from coverage > bad game

Rinse and repeat ad infinitum. Cauterize EA out of your life

No sometimes they do a good game, cnc remastered is great
 

Makste

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I think I'll enjoy Mass Effect if it's a sequel to Mass Effect 3. I still have my save files šŸ˜
 

Krackan

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This is how the EA hype cycle works: bad game > cooloff period > trailer and cautious optimism > building hype from coverage > bad game

Rinse and repeat ad infinitum. Cauterize EA out of your life
I agree with all of that, and let me specify something: I am not good with an "ok" Mass Effect game. Which is why I made that comment. Mass Effect games need to either be fantastic or they're Andromeda. Of all companies that have burned me to the point of no return, Bioware under EA is at the top of that list. So trust me, I'm not touching anything with the Bioware name on it unless a few friends and some specific reviewers give it the thumbs up, but again, at this point I think best case scenario is an "ok" ME game.
 

candle_86

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Putting a fresh coat of paint on games they had nothing to do with does not exonerate EA

EA killed Westwood.

Westwood killed westwood, they choose to be bought by EA, and when EA bought them EA wasn't a bad company, that was years away still.