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Next Mass Effect slated for late 2014 to mid 2015

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UPDATE: BioWare's Mike Gamble has confirmed that these words were not his own, and the original interview from which we drew this information was fabricated. We apologize for publishing this misleading information. The original story follows.

The next Mass Effect game has a rough release window of late 2014 to mid 2015. Mass Effect 3 producer Mike Gamble told Gamer Syndrome (via Eurogamer) that full development started "a month or two ago," and we can expect to hear more in 2013.

Gamble also spoke about a tossed ending idea for Mass Effect 3, one which some fans have complained the game lacks--watch out for spoilers in the next paragraph if you haven't finished it yet but still intend to do so.

"We also scrapped the original ending for Mass Effect 3," Gamble said. "We were gonna have it as a boss battle, where Commander Shepard would go up and fight the Illusive Man who has been transformed by The Reapers. We scrapped that idea because way too many [games] have that as their ending, some final boss fight."

BioWare initially hoped for Mass Effect 3 players to visit and explore Palaven, the Turian homeworld, but the final campaign included only a detour to its Reaper-sieged moon. Gamble said the game's co-op multiplayer--which was developed at BioWare Montreal, the main studio behind the next Mass Effect--was also first designed for Mass Effect 2, though there wasn't time to implement it.

Gamble strongly hinted that Wii U Mass Effect 3: Special Edition players may see some of the game's DLC coming their way, though the company has nothing to announce at the moment.

Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson previously asked fans whether they would like the next game to be a sequel or prequel, and noted significant interest in playable non-human protagonists. It looks like we'll find out sometime next year if and how their feedback has impacted development.

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  • evildog51 - December 13, 2012 11 a.m.

    Wouldnt mid it being a prequel would rather it be set years after ME3 though but im looking forward to it what ever the scenario
  • Z-man427 - December 12, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    I would hope this will be a next gen launch title. It would be a huge system seller.
  • jackthemenace - December 12, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    It;d definitely be good, having something as great as Mass Effect straight away. Still, I hope it's not a prequel; I have no doubt that they'd manage to make it good, no matter what it was, but still, I bloody hate prequels.
  • HitmanSB07 - December 12, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    A prequel would be better than them defining one of the (shitty) ME3 endings as cannon though. Unless of course you can carry over your saves and everyone is a synthesised abomination. As long as this isn't a next-gen Microsoft exclusive i'm pretty excited for it, this would be the only game that would tempt me to pick up the 720 or whatever dreadful name they come up with.
  • SirManguydude - December 13, 2012 5:05 a.m.

    Yes, but then they would have to reference Shepard and one of his different origins as a cameo. I think the final DLC for ME3 will completely resolve how ME4 will turn out. Being a sequel will also be easier, as most people want humans to have some role in the story, which they wouldn't prior to the events of ME1 when they become a council race.
  • slimjim441 - December 12, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    A prequel would be way easy to work with, considering the 3 different turnouts of ME3. No matter how 'lame and boring' people think they are, they are radically different. Not to mention, a prequel doesn't have to follow Shepard during the Skyllian Blitz or anything like that. A prequel could revolve around a story or character like Anderson, Garrus, Mordin, Thane, or even some new guy that no one's heard of before: being an asari commando, a drell assassin, an STG operative, some quarian on pilgrimage, or a krogan in Aralak Company if they want to make Gears of War with krogan. Not gunna lie, I like all of those ideas. A prequel could work smashingly.
  • DragonLord23 - December 12, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    Cool. Glad they got rid of the boss battle because the confrontation with Illusive man in the game was great, after the battle with Saren in the first it would have felt sour. Also I wonder if the game is being developed for next gen or this gen.

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