Next Mass Effect may use Dragon Age 3′s RPG system

Mass Effect 3

By on June 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Mass Effect is a pretty great sci-fi shooter and the branching story lines and multiple classes are a lot of fun, but since the cumbersome but rewarding inventory system of the first entry went out the window, many of you have no doubt felt it was a little bit light on the role playing elements we all remember fondly from classic BioWare games.

Well, that’s all set to change with the new one. According to PCGamesN, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn has said that since both Dragon Age 3: Inquisition and the next Mass Effect product are being built on the Frostbite engine, it just makes sense for the two games to draw more closely together.

“With all the investment we’re doing into Dragon Age: Inquisition, into the RPG systems, we can make good use of those and build onto them again with Mass Effect and a new IP that we want to work on as well,” he said.

Of course, it’s early days on the new Mass Effect and we know almost nothing about Dragon Age 3, either – except that it will be open-world, something that’s not fof the table for Mass Effect, either.

“It could. I know they’re going through their fundamental design stuff now,” Flynn said.

Let’s hope that with Dragon Age 3′s systems, BioWare strikes the promised balance between Dragon Age: Origins complexity and Dragon Age II, which was criticised for being a bit lightweight in that regard.

Source: PCGamesN

13 comments (Leave your own)

This is rather ironic considering Dragon Age II used Mass Effect’s RPG system which is one of the reason it felt so off…

 

It’s quite excellent how almost all of EA is now working using the same engine. Hopefully this will allow them to deliver more content quicker and gain heaps of synergies between games.

 

So all their games are going to look and play the same now just with different overlays of colour?

 

spinn72:
It’s quite excellent how almost all of EA is now working using the same engine.Hopefully this will allow them to deliver more content quicker and gain heaps of synergies between games.

Definitely, it seems that all the sports games will use the Ignite engine and everything else bar simulation so far it seems will go with Frostbite 3 and above, with both being constantly updated, also means all the EA studios will have this tech rolled out and hopefully for EA’s sake allow team members to be shuffled around easier if need be.

 

theman902,

Aye if one game is finished and everyone on that team knows the engines they can be easily redeployed instead of fired.

 

And if the RPG system sucks, both games will suffer for it ;)

Poor Bioware never seemed to get it quite right, or at least make everyone happy. ME 1 was bigger than Ben Hur, ME 2 was way too simplistic and ME 3 tried to find the balance between the two and probably pissed everyone off. I actually found ME 3 to be quite alright actually…

 

What EA/BioWare need to do is hire a UI specialist. So far that’s the biggest fail of the DA and ME games. Get the UI right and you can integrate some awesome RPG elements. Get it wrong and it can feel disjointed and clunky which ruins the smoothness of gameplay.

 

Well so far both series have been going down-hill quite steadily since the first of each so I imagine this will unify them in their ‘badness’.

 

trb,

Yeah… ME3 didn’t make many goty lists…

 

I think ME2 was pretty much the perfect game minus the planet scanning

 
steve_rogers42

PinothyJ: ironic considering Dragon Age II used Mass Effect’s RPG system

Dragon effect 2, ehem, dragon age two lent a lot of elements from mass effect 2. I think the poster was trying to reference the fact that although clunky the rpg elements in the first mass effect were probably the best in the series…

I think this is pretty good news overall, DA:O was good, but still lacked in a few areas as did DA2. I think both games will benefit if done well, which considering bioware’s latest stuff is a bit doubtful.

As a long time fan, I will still buy it.

 

steve_rogers42,

The problem is that Dragon Age is NOT Mass Effect. You compare both the first of each series and you have two very different games with some similar RPG mechanics. When it came to DA2 you had Mass Effect in medieval times, with magic.

I do not think that this is a good thing as it is just going to be the same game with different characters, skins and story…

 

steve_rogers42:
I think both games will benefit if done well, which considering bioware’s latest stuff is a bit doubtful.

As a long time fan, I will still buy it.

I really, really don’t understand this mentality. You’re confident it’ll be poorly done, but you’ll still buy it because you’re a fan?
Why?

 
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