BioWare tease us with very vague and blurry images of the next Mass Effect

Bioware

By on November 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

In celebration of this year’s N7 Day, BioWare have decided to ruthlessly tease us all by tweeting a bunch of shots of their artists and designers both working on and playing the next Mass Effect game.

Producer Mike Gamble opened with a picture of the game actually being played — from an angle that makes it impossible to see anything, of course. Then studio director Yanick Roy posted a shot of an artist at work, and then even more BioWare developers piled in. Here’s everything that showed up:

Source: NeoGAF via Kotaku AU

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Nasty Wet Smear

You think these are shots of the new Mass Effect game, but then at the start of the third picture it’s suddenly about another game you didn’t even know exited and aren’t 100% sure why they didn’t mention it until now, and then in the last shot there’s a picture of a small child holding up a sign that explains that, despite this being pictures of a new Mass Effect, there’s no new Mass Effect and despite all the lasers and space ships, this is actually a Sword and Magic style RTS game.

… That’s right. I’m still bitter. Go straight to hell, Mass Effect.

 

Well for whatever faults Mass Effect 3 had, I’m still looking forward to the next game. On Frostbite engine.

/drool

 

Mass Effect trilogy, some of the best gaming times of my life, can’t wait to see what comes next, with the power of next gen consoles behind it!

 

Even if you disliked the end of ME3 – which I happened to enjoy – I don’t see the reason for all the hate. Even though they completely dropped the ball on the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movies, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the 1st one was great. In the same way, ME has provided me with some of my favourite moments in 25ish years of gaming. If you’re that bitter about it – chances are you’ve enjoyed it immensely at some point too.

I’m definitely looking forward to where they go next.

 

I still force myself to believe that The Indoctrination Theory was the true ending to ME3, which would HAVE BEEN FREAKIN AMAZING if the writers had any brains. Hell, even if once the internet came up with it they had gone “lol someone figured it out, cool” I would have been happy with that.

Anyway, old rage.

ME is my favourite game series of all time and I am super looking forward to the next installment. I’m hoping it’s a prequel, that just drips with potential.

 

c0mc0:
Even if you disliked the end of ME3 – which I happened to enjoy – I don’t see the reason for all the hate. Even though they completely dropped the ball on the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movies, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the 1st one was great. In the same way, ME has provided me with some of my favourite moments in 25ish years of gaming. If you’re that bitter about it – chances are you’ve enjoyed it immensely at some point too.

I’m definitely looking forward to where they go next.

ME1 is fun, but the Mako sections are terrible and boring. All I wanted was them removed for the sequels. ME2 did that, and has some fairly stupid plot points (like the Cerberus arsepull!) but wasn’t TOO bad. ME3 just dropped the ball and went all out stupid though (and I hear it only gets worse over time. I only got up to the citadel). Salarians are worried about Krogans in the future when reapers are killing everyone? Reapers are spreading out and abandon their ‘shutdown citadel and all races are boned’ plan? Why are they not even attacking the citadel? All they had to do was go and laser the hell out of it and ensure no races could contact any others, then they just systematically destroy each world.

Oh and don’t even get me started on the ‘MURICA… I mean Earth patriotism where Earth is the centre of everything and better than everyone else that is just cringeworthy. Every other race is stronger than us, why did you have to focus on humans?

The rubberband chase with EDI’s robot body too. I specced vanguard and nothing annoyed me more than charge being disabled and the robot being invincible.

 

nastywetsmear:
You think these are shots of the new Mass Effect game, but then at the start of the third picture it’s suddenly about another game you didn’t even know exited and aren’t 100% sure why they didn’t mention it until now, and then in the last shot there’s a picture of a small child holding up a sign that explains that, despite this being pictures of a new Mass Effect, there’s no new Mass Effect and despite all the lasers and space ships, this is actually a Sword and Magic style RTS game.

… That’s right. I’m still bitter. Go straight to hell, Mass Effect.

sounds like life is tough for you, dunno how you put up with it…

Anyway, that really is a tease. The bastards lol looking forward to this, mainly to see an awsome sci fi setting on the frostbite engine. Cannot wait for this!!!

 
Nasty Wet Smear

korbain: sounds like life is tough for you, dunno how you put up with it

I find a series of drugs put into a blender each morning, added to chocolate milk and 6 tablespoons of coffee, frozen on a stick and taken orally helps me get through the day. I call it: “The Good Morning”.

That, and avoiding EA products and soft drinks… Although I drink soft drinks. Oh, and keeping away from a series that ended so badly that people asked for a new ending in which that had the gall to make it just longer versions of the ending people didn’t like, as if to suggest we were to stupid to understand those final cut scenes and wanted more information. :(

 

c0mc0:
the end of ME3 – which I happened to enjoy –

Because you aren’t familiar with the story and plot from the first 2 games?

liking the end of ME3 is like saying I really enjoyed the starwars trilogy, particularly the end where terminator melts himself in the foundry.

 

LOL. Yeah, because to disagree with you is to be totally ignorant to the material, huh?

It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly wasn’t worthy of all the hate I saw. Having said that, I conceed that I only played ME3 after the ending was patched with the extra content. I completely understand the who “wow – they blew up all the gates and effectively annihilated the galaxy” reaction. It’s just that this was not the ending I got to see.

There’s no question they dropped the ball with the ending. I’m not even sure how it happened and can only assume they rushed the final section of the game. No other explanation seems to make sense. And no, I’m not a huge fan of the deus ex machina starchild stuff either – but I’m not going to burn down Bioware headquarters because of it either. It was a creative choice. Perhaps even a lazy one. But the ending certainly had ME-style epic and poignant moments throughout. And as per my original point – regardless of your feeling on how it ended, none of it takes away from the 90+ hours of enjoyment I got out of the series.

That’s like saying Star Wars was ruined because you didn’t like the prequels.

 

rapid101
Reapers are spreading out and abandon their ‘shutdown citadel and all races are boned’ plan? Why are they not even attacking the citadel? All they had to do was go and laser the hell out of it and ensure no races could contact any others, then they just systematically destroy each world.

This is actually a rather large component of the finale and all your points are addressed if you’d finished the game.

 

c0mc0: This is actually a rather large component of the finale and all your points are addressed if you’d finished the game.

Maybe it does. Doesn’t explain where the Prometheans pulled the Crucible from when there’s more Reapers with more computing power available who should be able to counter the mind-control beam/device that can somehow miraculously beat AND CONNECT TO all reapers.

 

Not even sure how to respond to that odd tirade…On where the Protheans “pulled the Crucible from”…The Crucible was the result of many cycles of research and construction over millions of years from countless civilizations. Maybe you didn’t play enough of the game to learn that?

For the rest…Seems like a silly argument. “It’s a super weapon”. No one really knows how it works – that is stated many times throughout the game. So – . If you’re going to pick apart every plot device – how is it possible that there is some mythical element we’ve never heard of that re-writes the laws of physics, allows spaceships to travel FTL and for people to throw objects across rooms? It’s sci-fi. At some point, you’ve got to accept a level of suspension of disbelief.

 

rapid101,

(edit) Had me a lovely little rant about ME3 haters, but it boils down to me wishing that people who really hated the ending should move on, especially by now. If you are so damn affected by a game ending not being what you hope/expect, then you probably shouldn’t play games in general. It’s time for people to get over ME3′s ending not being up to scratch. I’ve seen too many winge threads on the bioware forums and such to have much tolerance for this anymore.

That said, new ME game has me interested, I just hope it’s not *ONLY ON ORIGIN*.

 

redshirt:
rapid101,

(edit) Had me a lovely little rant about ME3 haters, but it boils down to me wishing that people who really hated the ending should move on, especially by now. If you are so damn affected by a game ending not being what you hope/expect, then you probably shouldn’t play games in general. It’s time for people to get over ME3′s ending not being up to scratch. I’ve seen too many winge threads on the bioware forums and such to have much tolerance for this anymore.

That said, new ME game has me interested, I just hope it’s not *ONLY ON ORIGIN*.

here’s a friendly heads up, its going to be an only on origin :P i can’t see EA backing down on origin. Origin is no issue if the game is worth, we’ll see how a new mass effect goes i guess. Im confident it’ll be pretty awsome! I hope it is anyway :(

 

korbain: here’s a friendly heads up, its going to be an only on origin :P i can’t see EA backing down on origin. Origin is no issue if the game is worth, we’ll see how a new mass effect goes i guess. Im confident it’ll be pretty awsome! I hope it is anyway :(

See, if it was on steam, there’d be a semi-decent chance it’d make it over to linux someday. Never going to happen with EA and stinking Origin though. Same with UPlay and all that rubbish.
Although I’m only kidding myself if I think that EA would ever consider porting their games over anyway, so probably no great loss. Jerks.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

c0mc0: after the ending was patched with the extra content. I completely understand the who “wow – they blew up all the gates and effectively annihilated the galaxy” reaction. It’s just that this was not the ending I got to see

As much as I’m just kidding around with still being bitter, can we take a second to talk about the above concept?

I was never upset that the universe was doomed. I was never sad because the ending wasn’t super happy. I wasn’t peeved because my character died a noble death…

I was upset with how poorly written and presented the ending was. To suddenly add this giant machine that nobody had mentioned before which would save us all? Okay, you were reaching for ideas, grabbed a plot device, sure, I can live with that. But to put some literal Deus Ex Machina! at the end? A God child jumps out of a machine, changes the plot, spits it all out in a run of yackity yack that my character takes with awful good humour, has never been mentioned or hinted at before, and gives what must be the single worst concept for destroying all life I’ve ever heard. This is what bothered me about the ending. Yeah, it was rushed, I get it, but even then they could have just had you looking at the controls and doing some mental calculations…

“Wait, this pulse the crucible will unleash? The power behind it is massive. Even at a third of this it would cover the known universe. This won’t just wipe out the reapers, this will terminate all mechanical life by jumping through the Mass Relays… And there’s no way the Relays would survive a blast like that.”

Then they said they were going to change it, and I figured: “Good.”… But instead they acted like -I- was an idiot who didn’t understand or couldn’t handle what happened in the final cut scenes. Like I was so stupid I didn’t know that them landing on a lush, green planet was a happy thing, so here’s 30 more seconds where we really drum it home that it’s happy! Go f*** yourselves, you condescending p*****. I can figure out that I was dead and they were alive and things were meant to be better for everyone, my issue was your horrid, story changing, concept shattering ending, not the B- effort at a tear jerker at the end.

Anyway, that’s my story. I’m still not going to buy a new Mass Effect game, and the ending was rotten, but those two things aren’t really as linked as I pretend. ;)

 

texelate,

The Indocrination theory would be great if it wasn’t so full of plot holes. XD
nastywetsmear,

This. The thing that frustrates me the most over the whole situation was the ME3 ending apologists intentionally misleading and twisting the issue to try and discredit those who were rightly calling it out for how ridiculously poorly written it was.

Also I liked the ME1 Mako sequences. :(

 

exe3,

It can’t be more frustrating than having what you’ve said be twisted and discredited because you didn’t hate the end of the series/don’t blame EA.

 

makena,

I see what you’re trying to do there and it’s quite unwarranted. I don’t think most have any issue with those who liked the ending (they’ll disagree strongly obviously). The issue arises when those who do like it then attack those who didn’t, making blind, misleading statements like ‘you just didn’t like it because it wasn’t all sunshine and happiness’ to try and discredit the person who doesn’t like what they like.

I’ve certainly seen some people go ‘you’re an idiot for liking the ending’ but not a fraction as much as i’ve seen people say ‘you’re an idiot for not liking the ending’.

 
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