The Next Mass Effect Will Introduce New Alien Races and Unexplored Worlds

It’s N7 day, a day for all fans of the iconic space opera, Mass Effect to take a moment and reflect on how their personal Commander Shepard dealt with the galaxy’s problems throughout three massive and incredibly epic games. N7 day is also a great time to get some news on any Mass Effect related titles and merchandise from Bioware and the Mass Effect N7 Roundtable held today on Twitch didn’t disappoint.

According to Bioware producer Mike Gamble, the next Mass Effect will introduce two new races to the series, complete with back story, original home planets, and unique architecture.  The previous Mass Effect installments presented players with oodles of species like (deep breath) Humans, Turians, Salarians, Krogan, Asari, Quarian, Drell, Geth, Volus, Hanar, Yahg, Elcor, Vorcha, Rachni, Protheans, and Reapers; It only makes sense to pile on a couple more.

Bioware also streamed images today showing off some design art for new locations which at first glance, give the impression of unexplored planets, abandoned ruins, and technologically advanced civilizations. For exploration, the all-terrain Mako Tank will be returning for more intense mountain climbing at (hopefully) borderline comedic inclines. Gamble stated that the Mako is an essential part to keeping Mass Effect all about player choice, choosing your own path while staying immersed in the worlds of the game.

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That entire aspect of exploration is not only about the geography, it’s really about discovering other species, human species and yourself.

Senior Development Director Chris Wynn said the Next Mass Effect game should be expected for “next gen systems” as in Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Spearheading the writing for the project is Chris Schlerf, lead writer for 2012’s Halo 4.

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