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Next Mass Effect built on Frostbite, made by BioWare Montreal

The next Mass Effect game will run on Frostbite, and is being made by a new BioWare team led by series veterans. BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy made the announcements today in a post on the BioWare blog, where he outlined his team's pedigree with the series and gave a few hints about what players can expect to see in the post-Shepard era.

Roy said the game is built on Frostbite, and will also be "enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age 3: Inquisition team has already spent a lot of time building." DA 3 is similarly based on Frostbite, as are pretty much all of Electronic Arts' upcoming AAA games from internal labels.

The Montreal team working on the game will take over main production from BioWare's Edmonton studios, though series leader Casey Hudson remains executive producer. The transition has been in effect since Mass Effect 2, with Montreal responsible for the game's N7 missions and roughly half of its cinematics. It produced the multiplayer portion of Mass Effect 3 and was also behind its upcoming Omega campaign DLC.

Roy revealed the new engine and story will bring some changes, but he hopes to retain what made the series so successful in the first place.

"[W]hile it will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts. You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling."

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14 comments

  • CrashmanX - November 13, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    So we're actually getting Mass Gears of Duty Effect?
  • Broddeb - November 13, 2012 4:39 a.m.

    Hoping they will hold back DA3 to be a launch game for the Nextbox and PS4!
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 12, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    not another frostbite game... and people whine about call of duty...
  • obviouslyadouche - November 12, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    How does a game on frostbite have anything to do with call of duty?
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 13, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    how does someone with a borat avatar have anything to do with gaming.... see your argument can be applied to anything
  • CrashmanX - November 13, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Because CoD runs on the Frostbite engine. I can see where he's coming from, even if he made a stupid retort.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 13, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    it doesnt but ok... nice one proving yourself to be the idiot :)
  • Hobogonigal - November 12, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    Frostbit is a gaming engine. It's not as if people say, oh no, another game with the Unreal engine or Source engine. Stop being the troll who has to bring up Call of Duty with everything...
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 13, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    no but ea and dice are trying to milk it at least activision arent lol. keep up
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 12, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    So does that mean we're getting at least one more ME game on this generation of consoles? I would imagine they'd want to setup another trilogy, and it would be a lot easier for them if all the entries were on the same console.
  • mbavalo - November 13, 2012 4:54 a.m.

    I wouldn't say so, Frostbite 2 is just an engine they build a game from, consoles were running battlefield 3, a frostbite game, on what basically can be referred to medium settings. meaning that maxing out code from that engine will yield results that current gen consoles would not be able to keep up with
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 13, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Yeah. I figure that the Frostbite engine, as well as most of the other engines in production, are probably being designed to be scaleable between next-gen and current-gen requirements. There's just not going to be a large enough install base for the first few years of the next generation to justify next-gen only releases.
  • Redeater - November 12, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    I'm calling it. It's going to go full on Gears of War. Even more so than 3 was.
  • ObliqueZombie - November 12, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Well, I hope it'll look better or different than the rest of 'em. But judging by what the Unreal Engine could give in diversity, I'm not too worried. Still unsure about this new game, but we'll see how it all goes. I'd still rather see more Star Wars from BioWare, but I guess taking on your own IP is first priority.

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