Mass Effect 4 May Not Be as Far Along as We Thought.

This news may come as shocking to some, but Mass Effect 4 might actually still be in early development. The Bioware Montreal director, Yanick Roy, says they haven't even settled on a name yet.

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ArchangelMike1260d ago

I wonder if it will involve the Reapers? I mean if it is a prequel, then the Reapers will still be in dark space waiting for the next cycle, right?

If it is set during the first contact war, then you won't have a variety of races to choose from really. I presume you'd only have humans, and maybe Turians.

Nah, I think it's best to just set the game after the events of ME3. It doesn't have to follow any of the same characters from the previous games, but could just pick up one of the many side stories and characters, and tell their story going forward, and whatever new threat is posed to the galaxy.

Tross1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

Agreed. Or, heck, it could be set centuries later. The Mass Effect mythos allows for quite a bit of flexibility. I'm calling it. It's going to be about Elcor politics, with extra long cutscenes, to accommodate their slow speech.:P

In all due seriousness, I'd like to see a game set either way in the past, without humans, or way in the future. Maybe some of the other galaxies will be explored. Only a fraction of the universe is supposedly featured in the original trilogy.

randomass1711260d ago

If there is a prequel, I'd like for them to explore the discovery of the mass relays and what happened when human civilization came in contact with the other planets and their intelligent species.

elninels1260d ago

The only way a prequel would really intrigue me is if it were to be about the creation of the reapers, or another cycles struggle. No contact wars please.

Tatsuya 1260d ago

"Are you disappointed to hear that Mass Effect 4(working title), is not as far along as many were hoping? Leave your comments below."

The only thing I'll be disappointed with if this is a PREQUEL, Bioware.

randomass1711260d ago

Out of curiosity, why is a Mass Effect prequel such a disappointing concept to people? I'm honestly curious since a lot of fans seem to be against the idea.

elninels1260d ago


I am personally averse to a prequel because we are aware of the outcome already.

Im down for a reaper origin story, otherwise id like a distant sequel.

Sovereign591260d ago

Let them take all the time they need, lest they rush out another incomplete disaster like Mass Effect 3.

Sovereign591259d ago

Curious about those whom are disagreeing, did you not play Mass Effect 3 at launch? Or are you disagreeing because you really hope they rush the next game out the door before it's ready?

incendy351260d ago

Because they haven't decided on a name? It could be done completely and still undecided on the final name, the name has 0 to do with development. I would be worried if they hadn't decided on the engine : )

ThichQuangDuck1260d ago

There have been previous stories in which they have stated they have begun development and are probably around pre-Alpha. Taking their time to avoid messing anything up with the hardcore fans of Mass Effect. Name is not the most imperative task. Nor is box art

showtimefolks1260d ago

ME3 came out march 2012,

So about three to four months before you ship, the designers sit down and think, what can we do for the next one. That happened then [with Killzone 3 to Shadow Fall] as well. So, about three years ago we went into that phase.

This is the Quote from Guerrilla Games.

My point is the ME3 designers have been thinking about next ME since November 2011 and now its May 2014. I am fully expecting ME4 or whatever they call it by MID-LATe 2015

BadlyPackedKeebab1260d ago

I would say it would have been even earlier than that. Most design is done upfront than redesign is done during development as things dont work out etc, pacing needs adjusting and so forth. On a title like ME the design is prob pretty well done a good year before they ship with just the odd bit of work needed here and there. I expect to see this at E3. This was just a click bait artificial. The assumption its not long into dev because of a titles is weak to be polite about it.

MYDEATH211260d ago

I feel awful. I bought all three games about a year ago and I barely got through the intro of the first one. I wish I would've finished them -_- I have a lot of games I've bought and never finished. Having to work and having a family takes a lot of time. And then deciding what to play when you do have some time usually ends up being what you already know and like. So it becomes hard for me to get into anything new anymore.

Tross1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

I waited a little while to play these games too, after I bought the collection. My backlog sure is awful. I will say though, when I finally got around to them, I was glad I did. I pretty much fell off the face of the earth for a few months, except when I had to go to things like my job. It's one of those games that nails everything, from story, to gameplay, to voice acting. Well, ok, its soundtrack isn't the most iconic out there, but it's above average in all other areas IMHO, and I think the music's good too.

randomass1711260d ago

Never too late to get started though. I've already beaten the trilogy, but I'd like to play it again before the new game comes out. :)

TheTwelve1259d ago

Ummm...just play Mass Effect. All three. 100% worth your time.

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