BioWare has currently released some hints about the next installment in the Mass Effect series, however, that installment definitely will not be for a few more years. BioWare’s representative spoke with a representative from GamerSyndrome and revealed that Mass Effect 4, which is still not it’s official name, will not be released until some time between late 2014 to mid 2015, a rather sizable window in the future. One guarantee is that the game will run on the DICE’s Frostbite 2 Engine. Many will remember the graphics produced through Frostbite 2 in Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter, both games known for having stunning graphic quality.
BioWare has also said that, as of right now, Mass Effect 4 will not feature Commander Shepard as the protagonist. It is unclear as to whether or not the game will be a prequel to the entire series or a sequel to Mass Effect 3 but it is certain that it will involve a new character while being “‘very respectful’ of the franchise’s history.” There is also a slight change in development. While Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 were developed by BioWare Edmonton, the newest installment is under development by BioWare Montreal. Potentially, a fresh team could provide a fresh outlook and take the game in the “new directions” that BioWare is trying to push the Mass Effect series.
While not much more is available on Mass Effect 4, BioWare has promised that they will release more details in 2013 about the game. In related events, Mass Effect 3 was recently released for the WiiU. There are some that are a little upset at the fact that only the baseline Mass Effect 3 is available on the console right now while Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and the DLCs Omega and Leviathan are not. BioWare has dropped a few hints that they will eventually try to release more Mass Effect content on the WiiU since it is the new console on the market and they believe the game will work well on the console.