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Next Mass Effect To Be Developed By BioWare Montreal Using Frostbite 2
On the BioWare blog the Studio Director of BioWare Montreal revealed that the next Mass Effect will be developed by the studio using the Frostbite 2 engine.
Previously the series has been developed by BioWare Edmonton using a modified version of the Unreal Engine.
On the blog Yanick Roy wrote (in French) that: “[we announce our] next step, with the news that the next Mass Effect game is already in development, driven by the team here in Montreal. This is the goal we have been working toward for years now, and every member of our team is proud, excited, and humbled to take on the responsibility for the next game.
“To Ensure a proper and effective transition, we’ll continue to be supported by the Edmonton studio through the game’s development, working with and learning from em on some critical initiatives. On top of that, Casey (Hudson) remains the Executive Producer, he will have a project director under him, working in Montreal, leading our development team and making day-to-day decisions for the game.
“We all care very much about Mass Effect and make our decisions based on what’s best for the game.
“There is really not much I can tell you about the game right now, except that It will be built with the amazing technology of Frostbite engine as its foundation, enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age III team has already spent a lot of time building.”
The post does not provide an expected release date or launch platforms. However Roy notes that the studio is hiring for the project – you can find the job listings for the game here.
This comes after Executive Producer Casey Hudson asked fans what they wanted from the new games: “We’re in early stages of designing a completely new Mass Effect game. What would you want to see in it?”
He later tweeted to say that one of the most popular suggestions was the ability to play as an alien race: “Great suggestions coming in for the next Mass Effect game. Seems to be lots of interest in playable alien races.”