BioWare's new game: All the rumours collected and dissected. Mass Effect online incoming?

So, the new one from Mass Effect dev BioWare is on the way, and being properly revealed at the Spike TV Video Game Advertising*cough*Awards show. But in the meantime, we have the now obligatory announcement of an announcement. But what the hell is the short trailer hinting at? The internet, as ever, has been sleuthing, and has come up with a few suggestions. Including one crazy Mass Effect meets Call of Duty idea that's just plausible enough to fly.

First up though, BioWare has been throwing a few more hints out on Twitter to compliment its oh-so-informative "five seconds of a man with a gun" opus. So far, two Aztec barcodes (those weird square ones) have been released. They look like this:

Current online Columboing suggests the following suggestions. Having decoded the first image, Rock, Paper, Shotgun claims to have up with the number 55.845. This, as we all know (yeah, we totally did) is the atomic weight of iron. Meaning? Well, nothing on its own, but a slight application of the contrivance ray might give us a possible solution. Iron is the main component of steel, and BioWare released a mech combat game called Shattered Steel in 1996. Here's its intro movie:

So a reboot is possible. The tone and look of the current footage certainly aren't at odds with Shattered Steel. But conflictingly, RPS reckons the second image decodes to -128.5 Farenheit. That's the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, and occured in 1983 at Vostok, Antarctica. Vostok 1 was also the name of the first manned space flight, and the location also lends its name to a system in Mass Effect. But if ME is looking more likely now, are we talking Mass Effect 3? Possibly not.

You see there's an uncorroborated story from Kotaku - via an unnamed "development source", naturally - that BioWare Montreal is working on a spin-off Mass Effect game. It apparently doesn't feature Commander Shephard, but does feature a big multiplayer focus, with single-player gameplay to compliment the main series story. That would make sense, given that Bio Montreal was advertising for multiplayer programmers a while back. And again, the futuristic look of the current teaser would fit in.

So what do you reckon this new game could be? And what do you want it to be? Is a multiplayer ME spin-off something you could get behind, or are you only interested in the main series? And if you played Shattered Steel back in the day, would you want to see it back?


  • Dredgon - November 19, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    Mass Effect is my favorite series, so I'd love a multiplayer game. I'll keep my Shepard for single player, and know that 3 is already coming, so doubt this it is, not Shepard in the vid anywho.
  • Spybreak8 - November 19, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    here---> With the popularity of online shooters, it was only a matter of time lol. To be honest though being able to use mass effect attacks or sweet high tech weapons does sound like a good time excluding the sure to be in the game leveling system.
  • Zylre - November 19, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    It could be a prequel to Mass Effect...taking place during the First Contact War?
  • smloveskittycats - November 19, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Also, I read somewhere else that, I don't rememebr the exact claim, but: Fe is the symbol for Iron, and the coldest temperature has something to do with CT (Like where the temperature was recorded, I just remember they made it sound convincing), so that leaves you with Mass "F"ect (you say the letter f.) Eh?
  • HumorTumor - November 18, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    All I hope is it's something that gets me to like Bioware again.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - November 18, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    Please no Mass Effect MMO.
  • PitchblackDragon - November 18, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    Tsktsktsk, David, those are QR barcodes, not Aztec barcodes. Aztec barcodes only have of the squares, in the middle, rather than 3 on the corners.
  • atomicsandman - November 18, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    However unlikely, a Mass Effect MMORPG using a Guild Wars style payment (one time purchase), would be amazing.
  • OneToBoner - November 18, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    I love Mass Effect to death, but I do not want an MMO. The point of that game is to convey a great story and likable characters, and MMO's can't do that. Just give me Mass Effect 3 and a Tali spinoff.
  • mockraven - November 18, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    I think a Mass Effect MMO would be awesome, but not right now. SW:TOR is Bioware's first attempt at making a MMO and I think it'd be great if they spent this time learning how to implement a great MMO first. I'd also really like to see ME3 come out first to finish the storyline and reinforce ME's solid story, background, and universe. Although the devs may already have the story part of the third game done, the implementation of the voice actors and animation also lends its own shape to the ME universe. After those two games are finished and perfected, I think ME has a chance to become a very enthralling Sci-Fi MMO.
  • JohnnyMaverik - November 18, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    I don't think it's guna be an MMO, and I'm not sure how ME would lend itself at all well to Multiplayer (if they gameplay was left mostly changed). Still... should be interesting.
  • Dragonflame - November 18, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    It will NOT be Mass Effect MMO, not when SWToR is coming out.
  • SideOfBeef - November 18, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    Mass Effect Online would be great and make complete sense..... if The Old Republic wasn't already being made. The features being touted for TOR are basically the same as the ones they would want in MEO.
  • QLev - November 18, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    I really hope it's not a Mass Effect multiplayer game. Mass Effect is great at what it is, I don't see the need to spin it off into another genre. If you want to make a multiplayer game, please just use a franchise that is meant for it or create a new IP. But at the end of the day, I love your games BioWare, and I have faith that you'll come up with something awesome.
  • Brutalicus - November 18, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    I highly (highly!) doubt it's an MMO. I'm with Bloodstorm, probably a third- or even first-person shooter set in the ME universe. I don't know how multiplayer's going to work out, but I'm sure Bioware can figure it out.
  • n00b - November 18, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    mass effect multiplayer with mechs?
  • Bloodstorm - November 18, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    You assume it is an MMO. I think that if they were to do any multiplayer for ME, it will be a third person deal, with class based combat. Much like a gears/team fortress hybrid but with biotics and tech abilities. Nothing about ME2's combat system doesn't scream "perfect for multiplayer" and Bioware isn't one that would sacrifice the entire game to shoehorn in multi.
  • Person5 - November 18, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    I don't think there will be a Mass Effect Online, ever. Bioware is too busy finishing up with The Old Republic, and then maintaining the upkeep of this MMORPG, I doubt Bioware would release one and then immediately start working on another MMO, that's just idiotic, and Bioware's smarter than that
  • Yaro - November 18, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    If it's gonna be a MMORPG with subscription fees then it will be a massive meh reaction for me. I'd like to see some ME universe spin-off, although that might be hard considering the different storylines of each player. Maybe set it in the past of the main games? A coop would be cool too. I love splitscreen coops =)
  • SignificantFigure - November 18, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    If MEonline came out I would stop playing StarCraft 2. ! ! ! !

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