Rejoice, Garrus stans! Mary DeMarle, award-winning writer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and most recently Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, will be joining BioWare as Senior Narrative Director.
DeMarle will be joining the Mass Effect team, lending her considerable talents to the next entry in the series. We know little beyond that it is in early development and that Commander Shepard may or may not return.
As reported by VGC, DeMarle is a veteran of Eidos-Montréal, where she had worked for more than 14 years as Narrative Director and lead writer on both Human Revolution and Mankind Divided.
DeMarle shared the news that she was joining BioWare on LinkedIn, and the Director of the as-yet not officially named Mass Effect sequel, Michael Gamble, confirmed that she would be helming the game's narrative:
Most recently, DeMarle wrote the story of 2021's Guardians of the Galaxy, which subsequently won Best Narrative at The Game Awards that year.
What do you think of DeMarle's appointment at BioWare? Are you more excited about the next Mass Effect now, knowing its narrative is in good hands? Tell your story in the comments section below.
huge get for Bioware, glad she's going to work on Mass Effect. Big loss for Eidos Montreal though.
I love how this game was announced 2 years ago and they are just now hiring a lead writer. Big publishers just can't help themselves teasing projects that aren't even in development yet.
All I want is more Commander Shepard goofy bits😂
Thank god. I’m sorry but the guys who wrote Andromeda were awful. BioWare needed a refresh of good talent. Promising news.
So this is like, a 25/26 game 😭
me and john shep , garrus and co gona rage war across the universe taking out the next big bad!
loved the games and loved the prequel books cant wait to get this the ultimate version thank you.
@SplooshDmg I disagree completely. The story in GOTG is painfully childish, cliched and contrived. And the worst part is that the movies and the Telltale game did the exact same thing. That guy is not great and he brought nothing new or interesting. I have no idea why you want him leading a franchise like Mass Effect which during it's peak was better and had a more serious tone than 99% of other games.
@Bismarck You did not take into account the work on Dues Ex though.
@Blackjay I love the DE games more than I will love my second born child, but they never sell well. No big studio even if it's staffed by people who love complex gameplay will ever try to make something similar. And let's not forget that even GOTG was a financial disappointment. I have 0 idea why Bioware hired a writer that has worked on failed games. Maybe they don't care anymore.
Just finished GotG and it was phenomenal fun. The writing was just fantastic and kept me smiling throughout. This is good news indeed
Very nice gamble!
@Bismarck Um what does this have to do with sales exactly?
@Blackjay it's all about money.
Awesome! I just finished Guardians not too long ago and the writing in that game was top notch. Great dialog between the crew so with her working on Mass Effect...that is just a perfect fit!
Good, I hope there's no more tired face in the next mass effect games.
Great news. Guardians was a great game with a good story.
@Blackjay I wouldn't bother mate, he still thinks Mary DeMarle is a man lol.
That's great news! DX And GotG have some of the best writing in video games by a country mile.
That makes me worried for the future of Deus Ex though. Not that she's the writier of the OG that was arguably the best of them all, story-wise, but, still, that's going to be a big void to fill. And I'm assuming the next GotG won't be worthwhile at all. The writing was the whole point of playing it.
I would have rathered she help with the next deus ex but I guess Square enix squandered that potential. Oh well, no point in being bitter about what could have been great.
@Bismarck Interesting take. I played GotG and I felt that the writers kept the personalities of the characters rather well. If you've never seen the movies or read the comics, I recommend them.
Secondly, it's easy calling someone else's work childish, contrived, etc... What have you added to the world of writing that's new and exciting? Have you written anything other than angry posts on the internet?
@Uncharted2007 I have a taste. You don't.
@Bismarck Says the narcissist. You have your taste. That doesn't make it good taste.
@Uncharted2007 Not liking the childish and contrived writing in GOTG is sign of intelligence
@Bismarck "Not liking the childish and contrived writing in GOTG is sign of intelligence"
Your sentence structure isn't correct and you're lacking punctuation.
@Uncharted2007 English isn't my first language, this is the internet so no one cares and you have no standards.
Awesome news! Makes me wanna finally dip my toes into the series.
@Bismarck Or maybe the game just wasn’t your kind of thing.
@Blackjay The writing is childish and contrived. Unless your game is targeted at children that's not a good thing.
@Bismarck You implying that all children’s games need to be contrived or something?
@Blackjay Main characters joking around even though they are in danger just because they know that they are main character and nothing bad will happen is contrived. If you have standards this type of writing is unbearable.
@Bismarck admittedly that approach can get grating but for others it seems to be part of the charm. For me personally I felt the game was fun for what it was worth even though it wasn’t perfect and better experiences are available. You didn’t answer my question as to why your last comment seemed to randomly insinuate that all kid-friendly games are dumbed down though.
@Blackjay Because no child can play through a Mass Effect game where you spend 15 hours talking to people about politics. Most people have no standards so big studios just write stuff for children.
Very one-sided way of looking at it but okay. At this point is probably best to agree to disagree and call it day rather that snipe at every single user who disagrees with you.
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