EA-owned developer BioWare is best known for its Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises, which have sold over 25 million copies combined. But the dev apparently has no plans to just milk these series dry, as EA has revealed that a new BioWare IP will be announced soon.
And, as BioWare looks towards a future outside of the ME and DA franchises, EA has also poured cold water on the possibility of Mass Effect remasters, going back on the comments made about remasters just a few weeks ago.
BioWare New IP; Mass Effect Remasters
Speaking to GamesIndustry, EA Studio’s boss Patrick Söderlund says that “we’ve been very open about the fact that BioWare is working on a new IP, and we’ll get to talk about that in the not too distant future,” also noting that BioWare is just one of several developers working on new IP.
Unfortunately, the EA executive didn’t reveal any info on any of those projects, but he does say that EA uses data and analysis to inform its game development. That doesn’t mean that thew new BioWare title – or any others – are “design by committee” but the company does “want to make sure that we have touch points with players out there, so we can understand if we’re thinking about this in the right way.’
Speaking of what gamers want, it now seems unlikely that Mass Effect remasters will be released any time soon. Despite Söderlund recently revealing that EA is ‘actively’ considering’ remasters for BioWare’s beloved sci-fi series, EA’s Chief Competition Officer now tells IGN that although EA can make an “easy buck’ on remastering the trilogy, “we just feel like we want to go forward.”
He also notes that they would rather focus on new series entry, Mass Effect: Andromeda, saying that EA doesn’t want to work on things that could be distractions to that. Andromeda has already been delayed to 2017 and so Moore’s comments make sense, but the news that one of gaming’s most loved and most progressive franchise’s won’t be getting an upgrade is still disappointing.
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