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Next Mass Effect Will Use Frostbite Engine, DA3 Systems

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Mass Effect 4 will use the Frostbite engine and incorporate systems developed for Dragon Age 3.

BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy revealed in a recent blog that the next Mass Effect game will use DICE's Frostbite engine while also incorporating many systems developed for the recently announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. Casey Hudson will remain as the Executive Producer, he said, but will have a Project Director under him who will be working in Montreal and leading the development team, making day-to-day decisions.

"While [Mass Effect 4] will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts," Roy said. "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."

With the core team in place, the next step in the Mass Effect 4 development stage will be to cram even more developers into the studio over the next year to support the production of another AAA Mass Effect title. Naturally that leads to a link to BioWare's job postings site, and a comment about how fans won't hear anything else from the studio for a long time to come.

The first trilogy of Mass Effect titles was created by BioWare's original studio in Edmonton. However news of a developmental shift to Montreal arrives after BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk retired from the company to pursue other non-gaming careers. Star Wars: The Old Republic creative director Daniel Erickson and writer Alexander Freed have also departed.

"In January of 2006, I was lucky enough to join my favorite game company," Roy said in the blog. "I was immediately assigned to the original Mass Effect, which was in very early production at the time, as its Senior Development Director. I worked closely with Casey Hudson and the Leads team through the rest of ME1 and the first half of ME2, when BioWare decided to open another studio in Montreal. I was honored to be asked to lead the team, so I wrapped up my work in Edmonton and moved back to Montreal in the summer of 2009, where our small team was being put in place."

To read the full blog, head here. Note that Roy doesn't mention the Frostbite 2 engine specifically, meaning the studio may use the next-generation version of DICE's engine instead. Dragon Age III: Inquisition is slated for a late 2013 release, and currently does use the Frostbite 2 engine.


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    psykhe , November 22, 2012 7:24 AM
    Unlikely for both cases, unless they make them without any Humans in it. Both these conflicts were way before Humans got FTL technology.
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    kitsunestarwind , November 22, 2012 7:31 AM
    Honestly after the mess that was the ending of Mass Effect 3, I'm not sure i want to play anymore Mass Effect, too much of a bitter taste left in my mouth
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    kcorp2003 , November 22, 2012 7:12 AM
    I wonder if mass effect 4 will be a Prequel or sequel. But frostbite 2.0 is pretty good looking engine with a nice editor, base from what i saw from army of two: the Devil's Cartel visual effects video. According to Johan Andersson, i think he said each studio have their own frostbite version tweak to their own liking.
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    nameon , November 22, 2012 7:13 AM
    I seriously hope they dont damage the franchise further..., they better make this a prequel, preferably the the rachnii wars with krogan rebellion.
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    psykhe , November 22, 2012 7:24 AM
    Unlikely for both cases, unless they make them without any Humans in it. Both these conflicts were way before Humans got FTL technology.
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    nameon , November 22, 2012 7:28 AM
    Wouldnt mind getting into the boots of a turian, heck that probably a very good creative direction to go..
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    kitsunestarwind , November 22, 2012 7:31 AM
    Honestly after the mess that was the ending of Mass Effect 3, I'm not sure i want to play anymore Mass Effect, too much of a bitter taste left in my mouth
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    neiroatopelcc , November 22, 2012 7:36 AM
    I'm looking forward to both games, but I'm certain I'll buy dragon age - not so certain about ME. I hope the characters are as diverse as in the first dragon age. One of the best games released this millenia in my opinion.
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    blackmancer , November 22, 2012 7:51 AM
    loved mass effect 1 and 2, heard about 3, didn't play it. supposed to be the last game, now they're releasing 4?? why not go back and remake 3 how it was supposed to and release it for free seeing you already made enough to break even on the project and you'll be able to walk away with some honour!
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    nameon , November 22, 2012 8:11 AM
    blackmancerloved mass effect 1 and 2, heard about 3, didn't play it. supposed to be the last game, now they're releasing 4?? why not go back and remake 3 how it was supposed to and release it for free seeing you already made enough to break even on the project and you'll be able to walk away with some honour!

    Duuuude, dont believe the hype play ME3, it is phenomenal olny the last 10mins i'll leave upto you to decide if you like it or not, personally i didnt hate the ending myself i just remember being so shocked probably in a good way,

    all i can tell you is that i think people were too vocal about not getting a happy ending that they wanted
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    sixdegree , November 22, 2012 8:15 AM
    Instead of ME4. how about Mass Effect MMORPG with monthly subscription model? EA and Bioware are already proved their success with their widely popular SWTOR. I bet they're gonna hit 100 millions subscribers in the first month of the release.
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    tomfreak , November 22, 2012 8:25 AM
    sixdegreeInstead of ME4. how about Mass Effect MMORPG with monthly subscription model? EA and Bioware are already proved their success with their widely popular SWTOR. I bet they're gonna hit 100 millions subscribers in the first month of the release.
    not sure u are.....telling sarcasm or ...
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    nameon , November 22, 2012 8:27 AM
    sixdegreeInstead of ME4. how about Mass Effect MMORPG with monthly subscription model? EA and Bioware are already proved their success with their widely popular SWTOR. I bet they're gonna hit 100 millions subscribers in the first month of the release.

    cool story bro....
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    alidan , November 22, 2012 8:35 AM
    franchise is dead to me, nothing they cna do would upset me a this point.

    my origin was hacked and stolen and have yet to get it back, so really, ea is dead to me on any thing that requires an origin activation.

    i passed up on an 8$ kingdom of amalure because of origin activation...
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    captainblacko , November 22, 2012 8:39 AM
    will the new ME come with a free copy of Black Ops 2?
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    ben850 , November 22, 2012 8:56 AM
    I hate to sound so cliche but the Mass Effect series is now dead to me.
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    Zingam_Duo , November 22, 2012 9:18 AM
    Do they intend to make a proper Mass Effect 3 now?
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    Zingam_Duo , November 22, 2012 9:20 AM
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    kitsunestarwindHonestly after the mess that was the ending of Mass Effect 3, I'm not sure i want to play anymore Mass Effect, too much of a bitter taste left in my mouth


    Mess was the whole game Mass Effect 3. The ending was just a chocolate topping on a shitcake!

    ben850I hate to sound so cliche but the Mass Effect series is now dead to me.


    I can say the same! It's over now...
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    abbadon_34 , November 22, 2012 9:25 AM
    another one? so much for the triology, i guess they can't turn down the cash, at least their finally updating the engine after 10 years
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    JJ1217 , November 22, 2012 9:25 AM
    NONONONONONO!! PLEASE LET A GOD DAMN SERIES THAT I LOVED DIE IN PEACE! DON'T TURN THIS INTO GOD DAMN CALL OF DUTY!
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    rohitbaran , November 22, 2012 9:29 AM
    nameonI seriously hope they dont damage the franchise further..., they better make this a prequel, preferably the the rachnii wars with krogan rebellion.

    Well, prequels are kind of pointless, since you know the whole story. And with the pathetic ending of ME3, many will probably not buy the prequel.
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    cats_Paw , November 22, 2012 9:51 AM
    After the gears of effect , i was so angry at the story ending that way, that i positivly ignored mass effect 3 and decided for me the story ended in mass effect 2, with sheppard dead.

    If they make a new mas effect, i will aproach it from the same distance i approched crysis 2, Dragon age 2, and a few others.

    Maybe its just me, but i simply expect mre than console ports.
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