Mass Effect Franchise Not Dead, According to BioWare

BioWare still wants to make more Mass Effect games, even while it's busy with Anthem and Dragon Age 4.

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While BioWare is currently busy with the upcoming release of Anthem, a new loot shooter that lets players team up online to explore a dangerous alien world full of monsters and secrets, the studio hasn’t forgotten its other beloved sci-fi franchise, Mass Effect. In fact, according to at least two developers at BioWare, the company is still very interested in creating more adventures within that universe. 

In a larger piece about BioWare’s recent work, Polygon talked to Mike Darrah, the game’s exec producer, as well as studio head Casey Hudson about the state of the Mass Effect franchise, specifically whether there’s more coming from the series down the line. 

“We’re definitely not done with Mass Effect,” Darrah said. “There’s a lot of stories to be told. We could pull on the threads we put down with Andromeda; we could pull on threads from Mass Effect 3. There’s a lot of interesting space to be explored.”

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“In my mind, it’s very much alive,” Hudson said. “I’m thinking all the time about things that I think will be great. It’s just a matter of getting back to it as soon as we can.”

BioWare has a lot in the pipeline at the moment besides Anthem. There’s also Dragon Age 4, which was announced in late 2018 and is currently in early development, not to mention the ongoing Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG that is still receiving updates from the studio. Hudson teased back in August 2018 that BioWare had “some teams hidden away working on some secret stuff” in the Mass Effect series but no additional details have been revealed.

This isn’t the first time BioWare has alluded to new Mass Effect games. Back in 2016, months after Andromeda‘s tepid launch, studio creative director Mac Walters confirmed that the studio was indeed planning future installments

“To be clear. Just because #Andromeda isn’t start of a trilogy, doesn’t mean we haven’t been planning for future adventures. Just not 3 acts,” Walters said on Twitter

What those future plans may be is anyone’s guess, but what is clear is the fact that it’ll be a long while before BioWare has anything to show its Mass Effect fans. 

John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9