The next Mass Effect game was announced back in December 2020, but we've seen nothing of it since that initial teaser trailer (aside from some vague concept art). We've always assumed that the new instalment is years away from release — and wording in BioWare's latest blog post backs that up.
The article confirms that the next Mass Effect is "now early in development", which doesn't exactly tell us much, but suggests that the game is indeed a long way off. Of course, it's not the only title that the developer has in the oven; the next Dragon Age — commonly referred to as Dragon Age 4 — is thought to be much further along in production, but we're yet to really see that project in action either.
BioWare's last update on its development cycles dropped in January, when it reassured fans that it was "hard at work" on both of the aforementioned games. Hopefully we get some more significant updates in the relatively near future.
What are your hopes and dreams for the next Mass Effect? Decide that it's time to replay Mass Effect Legendary Edition in the comments section below.
Oh wow can't wait to see my grandkids playing these games on the PS8
After replaying the four games over the course of the last year, It's moved up to being one of my favorite series of all time. I just wish that the Legendary Edition had the 3rd game's multiplayer.
This is one of the few titles I'm looking forward too. Hopefully we'll get it by the end of 2023 and hopefully they learned a few things from Andromeda.
2025 at the earliest
It's one of my favorite franchises of all time but almost everyone involved with the original trilogy is long gone from BioWare.
I hope for a great game but I know it will probably be another EA blunder.
Mass Effect: Heisenberg Uncertainty Principal
I'm really rooting for Bioware here. Anthem was a mistake but I always thought Andromeda got treated a bit too harshly. It was never going to live up to the original trilogy but it had some good characters and great combat. Hopefully Dragon Age turns out good so they can get ME back on track.
ME is by far my favorite Western RPG series and I'll stick with it until the bitter end!
Please keep the combat of Andromeda, that was one of the few good points of that game.
In conclusion, I'm already hard and can't wait what's next for the series.
I have very little faith in Bioware most of the talent has long since gone
Which will release first: this or Kingdom Hearts IV? Place your bets!
@trev666 EA could force bioware to release it 3 months from now. They released pre-alpha versions of ANTHEM and ME Andromeda as "final versions".
Please be good Please be good Please be good Please be good PLEASE!!!
you mean if bioware is still around to see it through to completion? i have a feeling dragon age 4 will be the nail in the coffin for this once notable studio. i think we can all agree that andromeda and anthem put the studio on very thin ice. they will need a miracle to stay afloat.
I’ve never played a Mass Effect game before and may just pick up the legendary edition. I’ve only heard good things. Any recommendations on where to start?
@mrtennis1990 It should be a crime not to play them in order.
new of developers i hope they stay true to the offline player campaign. john shepard returns to a new trilogy. this is near and dear to my heart i play through once or twice a year. soon as i get time off i go for it. looking forward to this 😃
ME trilogy was great despite the ending being a let down, Andromeda was ok, but completely bugged at launch and even today off only middling polish. I have little to no excitement for anything EA or Bioware release these days, with the only exception being Respawn. If it arrives and its great then I may find myself interested but until than I look forward more to clipping my toenails more that I do playing a new ME game.
@Uncharted2007 to be honest it felt very dated to me. Loved it back in the days but it didnt age very well if you ask me.
@Splat will do!
@Uncharted2007 would you recommend playing Andromeda after the first 3 games?
Do we know if Bioware will continue the story of Andromeda or it will consider it non canon and start from scratch?
Thank you in advance.
@Dr-M That's what I did. Andromeda isn't without its faults but it didn't deserve the smear campaign it got at release.
From what's been revealed it looks like the new game is a sequel to the Shepherd trilogy. At the very least, Liara is in it.
Years away? what did I buy a PS5 and Xbox Series X for again? when so many games for it are still available on PS4 and Xbox One I'm really beginning to wonder.
I suppose on a more positive note I look forward to this new installment and fingers crossed it won't be another Andromeda even though personally I didn't find it THAT bad in all honesty. I just wish a new Mass Effect was coming out now 😔
@trev666 Hmm yeah, 2025 with a delay to 2026 probably.
I'm so tired of developers and publishers announcing their games ridiculously early
@Uncharted2007 To be fair EA caused the smear campaign. Keeping up embargoes so they could get people to pay for the trial backfired hard. They knew the game wasn't ready and they pushed to collect as much money as possible up front. There are some good YouTube videos that explain what happened to MEA at release.
Didn't they announce Mass Effect 4 was in development like 3 years ago? Either they have ANOTHER Mass Effect game in the works, otherwise... what the HELL they've been doing these past 3 years???
I just hope that the writing, dialogue and characters are decent in both games. ME Andromeda had great combat and looked the part but the writing, dialogue and most of its characters were shockingly bad, especially for BioWare standards.
@RedShirtRod I was referring to the game itself. Not EA's shady practices. The game had some animation issues at launch that were fixed but it still has some clipping and pop in that shouldn't be there.
I actually know someone who gave me a bit of insight into the development of MEA. Apparently Bioware was going to start development using their original engine but EA mandated that theirs be used instead. An engine that at the time was not really built for a game like Mass Effect. Then of course EA's crunch pressure.
@Porco Why are you down on DA4? Inquisition is one of my favorite games of all time.
@Unlucky13 i'm down on bioware to deliver. shouldn't you be as well looking at their track record of late? ea will not hesitate to pull the plug and shut them down. there is a lot riding on da4 and i do not believe they have the talent or leadership to come out alive.
@Porco Honestly, I pay very little attention to online games, so that's all on the extreme periphery of my radar. I do inderstand that they've been hemoraging talent, but all I can do is keep my fingers crossed that it works out.
Bioware is basically the last major developer who's making party based RPGs, and that is my number one preferred video game type. I'm starving for more. So while I'm not by nature an optimistic person, I'm just going to really take a deep breath and count on it working out.
Definitely. EA forced Frostbite down their throats.
An engine that was built to power one specific kind of game, namely Battlefield. BioWare had to HEAVILY modify it to get it work for a third person action-RPG shooter. Frostbite didn’t even have provisions for multiple safe files. Or even dialogue trees. They had to code all that simple stuff (which ended up not being so simple because of how ghetto Frostbite is) Into the engine.
Same thing happened to the Madden team. They wanted to build their own engine from scratch and EA said “use Frostbite or turn in your resignations.”
EA is a scumbag company.
Everyone hates on EA because they don't want to be honest with themselves and everyone else and admit that it's purely the developers faults. ME3 and the original ending was decent but the writing team knew for a fact that they were putting out something that makes zero sense. It was the development team that put out Andromeda with the launch issues, not EA.
EA isn't some boogeyman that gamers circlejerk over. It's the developers getting comfortable and knowing they can put out a piece of ***** product that EA will get blamed for.
@Pat_trick I’ve read somewhere that designers from the OT have returned for this one, even if Casey Hudson has long since left to form his own team, who’s first project incidentally looks similar to ME based on initial concept art. The one tidbit of hope is that it will use Unreal (the newest one) like the the OT and not the hated Forstbite Engine which gave BioWare so much grief during Andromeda and Anthem’s development.
Had fun playing through the games via Legendary edition for what it’s worth. Evidently it’s gonna take time to see if BioWare has learnt enough from past screw-ups to see if this new installment can work.
@Blackjay Oh if that's true it gives me a glimmer of hope! Thanks for the info!
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