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#1 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:41

Mass Effect 4 runs on Frostbite



BioWare confirms next entry in space RPG series will run on Battlefield tech, says game will be respectful of history, but also explore new story and gameplay fronts.


BioWare has opened up on the next entry in the Mass Effect series. BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy explained in a blog posttoday that the next new Mass Effect game will run on the Frostbite game engine. This proprietary Electronic Arts technology has been used in a range franchises, including Battlefield, Need for Speed, and Medal of Honor.


With regards to the next Mass Effect, BioWare will take advantage of "many of the systems" that the Dragon Age III: Inquisition team has spent time developing for Frostbite. These were not named specifically.

Roy also said that while the new Mass Effect game will be "very respectful" of the franchise's history, BioWare is pursuing "new directions" for the series with regards to gameplay and story. BioWare had previously confirmed that Commander Shepard would not return.

"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," Roy said.

Roy did not share what stage of development the new Mass Effect game is in, but did say BioWare Montreal is planning to staff up over the course of the next year. The studio currently has 16 open positions posted to its website.

Gamers excited for more Mass Effect news may want to temper their eagerness. Roy said it is "probably going to be quite a while before you hear from us again."




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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:00

Sounds good to me! They did a fantastic job with Unreal Engine but it's time to move on. Look forward to what they can do with Frostbite 2! (Y) Also glad the new game will be new, Shepard (and the Reapers) had their time in the limelight, time to shake things up with something new :happy:

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:40

It makes sense for them to use a more advanced game engine. Unreal Engine 3 is great; however, it's archaic compared to engines like Frostbite 2 and CryENGINE 3. Both those engines have the potential to be scaled up for next-gen consoles.

I look forward to Dragon Age 3: Inquisition and Mass Effect 4.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:53

It makes sense for them to use a more advanced game engine. Unreal Engine 3 is great; however, it's archaic compared to engines like Frostbite 2 and CryENGINE 3. Both those engines have the potential to be scaled up for next-gen consoles. I look forward to Dragon Age 3: Inquisition and Mass Effect 4.

The irony is that UE3 is fully capable of games with the features people are expecting, so I'm really not sure why the studios using it haven't bothered to update their ****.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:27

The irony is that UE3 is fully capable of games with the features people are expecting, so I'm really not sure why the studios using it haven't bothered to update their ****.

Though I suppose they did just add the support in 2011 from what I can tell, so probably just not enough time to properly implement it. It's possible that's what soured people on UE as well.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:36

Maybe with the updated technology they can finally make a separate button for jump and cover. Pretty high tech stuff right there so that may be wishful thinking.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:37

Would be great if they made it more free in movement, and the areas more open to explore.

I've always hated the linear approach they took with the other games in the series

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:37

I'm kinda annoyed that they're making a fourth one. I got the impression that Mass Effect 3 would be the final one. :s

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:39

I'm kinda annoyed that they're making a fourth one. I got the impression that Mass Effect 3 would be the final one. :s


They haven't milked that cow nearly enough yet. It won't be over until there is a Mass Effect mmo.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:40

I'm kinda annoyed that they're making a fourth one. I got the impression that Mass Effect 3 would be the final one. :s


The first 3 games were the Commander Shepard story arc and they said it would span 3 games and no more, on that they delivered. They never promised they wouldn't make another game based in the Mass Effect universe. So not sure why your annoyed?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:42

The irony is that UE3 is fully capable of games with the features people are expecting, so I'm really not sure why the studios using it haven't bothered to update their ****.

Though I suppose they did just add the support in 2011 from what I can tell, so probably just not enough time to properly implement it. It's possible that's what soured people on UE as well.

A lot of the recent features are PC-specific so it's no surprise that we don't see a lot of developers utilizing them. There are some exceptions like certain PC-only titles or games like Batman: Arkham City (DX11 support) and Star Wars 1313 (possible DX11 support).

Remember the Samaritan tech demo? The features used to make that demo were made available in the March 2011 release. I don't think a single developer out there has made use of those features in a finished game though. As for the fate of UE3, it's likely that Epic Games has stopped updating it with major features. It's no secret that they're working on UE4. They've already shown a tech demo and announced a UE4 title for PC called Fortnite. Also, Crytek believes that CryENGINE 3 is next-gen ready. So far, it looks pretty damn good in Crysis 3.

Anyway, I hope they make Frostbite 2 look even better in Mass Effect 4. It seems like they haven't updated it in Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Dead Space 3.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:47

The first 3 games were the Commander Shepard story arc and they said it would span 3 games and no more, on that they delivered. They never promised they wouldn't make another game based in the Mass Effect universe. So not sure why your annoyed?


I just got the distinct impression that ME3 was going to be the last game in the series, and I'm sure many others would probably agree. However I was not aware that they intended to carry on the series with different characters. I don't think I'll be following it until the reviews come in though.. as far as I'm concerned I've had enough of it for now. :p

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:56

I just got the distinct impression that ME3 was going to be the last game in the series, and I'm sure many others would probably agree. However I was not aware that they intended to carry on the series with different characters. I don't think I'll be following it until the reviews come in though.. as far as I'm concerned I've had enough of it for now. :p


Fair enough I guess. To be honest though, considering it's owned by EA and was very successful it was pretty much a given it would be on the "milk list" :laugh: Games seem to suffer one of two fates with EA; a one hit wonder (like Mirror's Edge) that was a commercial flop (but well loved by it's fans) or it's successful enough to be milked forever more (like C&C, Need for Speed etc).

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:09

I just got the distinct impression that ME3 was going to be the last game in the series, and I'm sure many others would probably agree. However I was not aware that they intended to carry on the series with different characters. I don't think I'll be following it until the reviews come in though.. as far as I'm concerned I've had enough of it for now. :p


I believe that was true, BEFORE EA purchased them. You know EA, milk till there's blood, then milk it till it's dead and toss the limp lifeless corpse into the ditch and move on to the next studio.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 14:03

I always thought it would be done after the trilogy. Oh well, I guess some people just don't know when to stop.

Might as well call it Mass Effect and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.