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‘Mass Effect 5’ Has Appointed Multiple BioWare Veterans For Its Development

Mass Effect 5' Has Appointed Multiple BioWare Veterans For Its Development

The next Mass Effect welcomes back a number of BioWare veterans onto the project, including the original art director, cinematic director, and narrative designer. The new Mass Effect trailer premiered during The Game Awards 2020, and while it doesn’t show its hand regarding the story or setting, it’s enough to revive long standing love for the series, video added below…

“We can’t wait to continue our adventure together – revisiting our favorite memories in the Mass Effect universe, and creating brand new ones!” said series director Casey Hudson in the announcement.

BioWare has got Derek Watts on board, who is the original art director for the series. 

Oh, and lets not forget Derek Watts. Original Art Director for Mass Effect. He’s back too. Ready to rock.

— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) December 11, 2020

That sleekness of a Star Trek set combined with the starkness of the Alien movies, you’ve got Derek to thank for that, and their input into the fifth game will not go unnoticed.

Mass Effect 5' Has Appointed Multiple BioWare Veterans For Its Development

Parrish Ley has also returned, and they were the cinematic director on the three games. 

Parrish was the cinematic director for the Mass Effect Trilogy. Many of the amazing moments you had were crafted from him and the team. Parrish decided to rejoin BioWare to bring this vision of a new Mass Effect to life. https://t.co/DxsuCqlAuR

— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) December 11, 2020

Cue lots of moments where you go “ooo” and “aaa” when your ship cuts through the swirling darkness of storm clouds on an uninhabited (?) planet.

The next Mass Effect game (presumably Mass Effect 5) will benefit from Brenon Holmes’ “ingenuity” from his experience on the Mass Effect series, Dragon Age Origins and Inquisition, and even back to Baldur’s Gate 2.

Brenon is a veteran of 3 Mass Effect games. His ingenuity and work helps to bring amazing gameplay systems to the Mass Effect Universe.
Brenon is one of many who want to bring you the game you deserve. As time goes on, you’ll get to know more of us. https://t.co/1jp3BJPGoQ

— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) December 11, 2020

It was their brains that brought “amazing gameplay systems to the Mass Effect Universe,” so we’ll definitely be looking forward to a lot in the next game.

And, last but not least, Dusty Everman is back after departing the studio five years ago.

Dusty was one of the key people responsible for bringing the original Normandy to life. Dusty decided to rejoin BioWare to work on the next Mass Effect game. There are more like him. We’ve heard what Mass Effect means to you. https://t.co/8dfGPV17iS

— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) December 11, 2020

Their vision of the Normandy ensured it would become an iconic ship in gaming, and in the sci-fi genre itself. All in all, it’s very exciting news for fans. affirmed that turbulent times are in the past. 

A report from Kotaku revealed that the poor performance of Mass Effect Andromeda and Anthem caused the first iteration of the game to be binned not long into its production. “We were working towards something very cool, a hugely reactive game, smaller in scope than Dragon Age: Inquisition but much larger in player choice, followers, reactivity, and depth,” said an anonymous employee. “I’m sad that game will never get made.”

New Mass Effect Is Officially in Development; Legendary Edition Confirmed Coming in 2021

New Mass Effect Is Officially in Development; Legendary Edition Confirmed Coming in 2021

A new main entry in the Mass Effect is officially in development, and it is being worked on by a veteran team within BioWare. The announcement of a new entry in the popular series was actually revealed earlier than intended as reported on the ResetERA forums. For now, no concrete details, but it’s still great to hear that a new Mass Effect is coming, considering the series was put on hiatus following the release of Mass Effect Andromeda. BioWare did share this lovely artwork, though.

New Mass Effect Is Officially in Development; Legendary Edition Confirmed Coming in 2021

The Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has also been revealed at the same time. The collection will be released in 2021 and will include the three first entries in the series improved with better resolution and framerates as well as better textures, shaders, character models, and effects.

New Mass Effect Is Officially in Development; Legendary Edition Confirmed Coming in 2021

Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include single-player base content and DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, plus promo weapons, armors, and packs – all remastered and optimized for 4k Ultra HD. It will be available in Spring 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. More information to come in the new year!

Andromeda is the latest entry in the series. The game failed to recapture the spirit of the first three entries in the series, despite some excellent gameplay mechanics.

On paper, Mass Effect Andromeda had a lot of potential but the team failed to realize it in full. While combat is the best the series has had since its beginnings, story, characters, and exploration come with issues that can be hard to stomach. It’s not a bad game at all, but the bad writing, horrible animations, and several baffling design choices do leave something to be desired.

Andromeda could have been one of the best RPGs ever, but sadly the game never realizes its full potential. While the gameplay experience and RPG mechanics are mostly well done, with the best combat system of the entire series, the predictable story, uninteresting characters, and generally mediocre writing make the Pathfinder’s quest to find a new home for humanity not as memorable as it could have been.

The new Mass Effect is now in development for yet to be confirmed platforms.