Well, it's not exactly surprising and for most fans, this is probably quite encouraging.

As revealed at BioWare's blog , the next Mass Effect will utilize the popular and critically acclaimed Frostbite engine.

BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy talked about how the next entry in the award-winning franchise will take advantage of many of the same systems the Dragon Age III: Inquisition team has developed for Frostbite. You also don't have to worry about the new series iteration being a drastic departure from the norm, as Roy added that the fresh ME will be "very respectful" of the franchise:

"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."

It has been said that the new Mass Effect is in the "early development stages" and in fact, BioWare is seeking fan feedback . It'll be interesting to see ME4 running on Frostbite, won't it? So will it be a next-gen project…?

Presumably.

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ulsterscot
ulsterscot
8 years ago

wasn't it the frostbite engine Miranda used to regenerate the dead Shepherd?

Time to do that again.

Mass Effect without Shepherd .. well its like Uncharted without Drake.

Makes no sense whatsoever.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I disagree, such a big universe with so many factions can have lots of stories. Shepard was always how you wanted him/her to be while Nathan Drake is just Nathan Drake through and through.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I strongly disagree, Ulster! That story is *done*. Shepards history is *done*. My Shepard is married with children by now. She's done her duty. She will forever live in my memory but there is where she belong.

The Mass Effect universe is so gigantic (literary speaking!) that there's plenty, plenty room for new discoveries, conflicts, problems and challenges.

As much as I love the various friends and acquaintances of Shepard, I really look forward to build a new character, friends, experience a *new* story.
Omg how I look forward to the next Mass Effect.

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

Good. The Unreal engine must be banished into the ash heap of history.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

I keep hearing that unreal 4 is supposed to be so much better, but I've yet to see anything from their new (or tweaked) engine.

I certainly hope they've finally figured out how to get rid of some of their plasticine characters.

YashaZz
YashaZz
8 years ago

Awesome! Cannot wait for a new Mass Effect.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Cool, I've still never played a Frostbite game so I can't say but they did well with UE3 and not many games do so it could be much better.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I just hope they don't get tangled up in too many technical troubles when shifting to the new engine.

There is something about developing on familiar grounds. It enables you to be more focused on the creative aspects. Less bugs, less bottlenecks, more effective development. And they really, really knew how to use the Unreal engine.

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
8 years ago

Oh they did, did they? So the reasons for me to see sheppherd smile like the sex-fiend one second(to express happiness) and then looks like he's mourning the next?

Or what about even the cut-scenes where the sound is late from the action?

Yeah, they've mastered the Unreal Engine xDDD

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

An engine is far, far more than facial expressions. But tell me, who do you think use the engine better than Bioware?

We got the Batman games who arguably also made good use of Unreal. Bioshock were great too. But then?


Last edited by Beamboom on 11/13/2012 7:23:46 AM

___________
___________
8 years ago

why not use UE4?
sigh, EA, does EVERY game of yours have to use the FB2 engine!?
starting to get sick of it!

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

Then don't buy it.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

It's a version on the Frostbite engine. Not Frostbite 2.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Frostbite is kind of their engine, so they don't have to pay anyone to use it. More profits for EA, which is exactly how EA operates. Plus its a pretty awesome engine, I would like to see a Sci Fi setting done on it.

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
8 years ago

Don't care for posers.

I have only played ME2 & 3(demo). Never touched 1st part. Which ironically, people say was the only RPG in the franchise.

Know why I say all this? Remember a little game called COD? Yeah, yeah. The way they are a SHOOTER with multiplayer? Yeah? In which you may customize everything, earn experience, money, rank? Yeah?

Well ME2 was basically that, but in a single player mode. Yayyyyyy. Misleading advertisement. Yayyyyyy!!!

No, but really, good game xDDD

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

I like how they worded this. Saying that it would be very respectful to the franchise but then lists things that are pretty much a staple for sci fi games in general.

The fact that they left out combat and RPG makes me even more suspicious that this is going to somehow be an FPS/TPS with straight up deathmatch multiplayer.

I'm almost positive that EA is trying to get bioware to figure out how to put a competitive multiplayer mode into the new ME game. Now I don't think it would be bad, especially if you picked one of the 6 classes and duke it out that could be really unique and cool.

My concern is if they go with a time period when those powers aren't fully developed in the lore and it becomes a generic sci fi shooter.

Time will tell this one, but I don't expect to care at all considering each iteration has been less RPG more shooter than the one before it.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I'm thinking (or maybe just sincerely HOPING) that the next Dragon Age will be an indication also for where they will go with the Mass Effect franchise. And with Dragon Age I got a strong feeling they will return more to their RPG roots.

But I may be wrong on both accounts.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
8 years ago

Sounds good to me. The FB2 in my opinion is a much better alternative to the Unreal Engine.