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BioWare reveals its plans to release another Mass Effect game in the future

By: Muhammad Qasim Hassan

  |   September 19th, 2012   |  
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It turns out that BioWare is far from done with its Mass Effect franchise despite the ending of the third part leaving very little for the story to continue with.

The Canada-based studio may have lost its co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka as the two industry veterans decided to call it a day, but that has hardly made the company lose its focus or direction.

BioWare’s general manager Aaryn Flynn announced yesterday that the studio is already planning the next title in the Mass Effect series.

It was revealed that Casey Hudson would be returning to serve as the producer of the next game as well, with his experience and expertise likely to make the eventual experience on offer just as pleasing as before.

The general manager did not go into any detail of what BioWare plans on doing in the next Mass Effect game or how the storyline will be continued after (Spoiler Alert) they destroyed the whole universe at the end of the previous game.

This is not the first time that someone from the BioWare studio has talked about the continuation of the Mass Effect series.

Earlier this year in February, the franchise’s executive producer Michael Gamble had hinted that the studio has “so much to draw from” for another Mass Effect game.

While the reports of a new Mass Effect forming at the studio is something that is bound to get the fans excited, there would be some concerns about what BioWare plans on doing with the most recent release.

A number of studio executives have confirmed that there are quite a number of downloading content (DLC) in the pipeline for Mass Effect 3, which will be gradually released to keep the experience fresh.

Some critics are taking a hit at BioWare, accusing the studio of milking the franchise despite running out of ways to take the storyline further. They also feel that the game would not be able to offer a fresh experience and would lack creativity since the same concept has already been offered thrice already and is unlikely to work well for the fourth time in a row.

However, this criticism is not expected to continue for long as the Canada-based company has proved consistently that it knows how to keep the Mass Effect experience fresh and enticing. The allegation of milking the franchise instead of introducing new IPs will also stand weak since the studio has already revealed its plan to develop a new intellectual property (IP) that would also be based around a sci-fi theme. This project will be based on the latest technology and most likely aimed for the next-generation consoles of Sony and Microsoft which are expected to arrive in the market by the end of 2013 or first half of 2014 at the latest.