The future of Mass Effect isn’t as dark as it may seem, according to new statements from BioWare’s general manager Casey Hudson. Speaking to Game Informer, Hudson discussed the studio’s next big title, Anthem, but also addressed the current state of its other big franchises.
“I would say a majority of the people at BioWare are working on Anthem,” he explained, before adding that Mass Effect is “my baby.” He continued: “I helped start Mass Effect from the beginning. Of course we intend to get back to it at some point.”
The last entry in the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was not met with favourable reviews, and EA CEO Andrew Wilson acknowledged that it didn’t meet the high standards other Mass Effect titles had set. Reports later indicated that the franchise had been put on hiatus, sparking fears Andromeda could signal the end of the series.
While Hudson’s statements don’t provide any indication that Mass Effect could return any time soon, it is at least somewhat reassuring that BioWare hasn’t entirely turned its back on the franchise.
As for Dragon Age, Hudson said there are “people who are figuring out what a next Dragon Age would look like.” The series’ creative director, Mike Laidlaw previously said “something is happening with Dragon Age,” but stopped short of confirming a new game. The Dragon Age team was also “hiring a lot of people,” according to Laidlaw.
Laidlaw, whose BioWare credits also include Jade Empire and Mass Effect, left the company in October of 2017.
EA’s E3 2018 press conference offered us a deeper look at Anthem than ever before, with new details on the world and character progression. EA also confirmed the Anthem release date. Other games discussed during the stream include Battlefield V, Unravel 2, and a new EA Original called Sea of Solitude. You can see all the news from EA’s E3 2018 press conference here.