Mass Effect 4 will use Frostbite 2 Engine

Published on November 12th, 2012

BioWare Edmonton hand over development duties to Montreal branch.

A new community blog from BioWare has confirmed that 4 will utilise the Frostbite 2 engine and won’t come from the series’ creators BioWare Edmonton.

Mass Effect 4 will use Frostbite 2 Engine

Mass Effect will return, but Shepard won't. Unless this groovy fan-made wallpaper is right and the Montreal-developed sequel involves zombies....

Casey Hudson will remain in charge of the franchise as Executive Producer, but development duties will transfer over to BioWare Montreal. The Edmonton branch of the house that the two doctors built is currently in the middle of developing Dragon Age 3, so it isn’t surprising that EA has delegated both highly anticipated sequels to two separate studio entities.

That evolution now takes its next step, with the news that the next Mass Effect game is already in development, driven by the team here in Montreal. This is the goal we have been working toward for years now, and every member of our team is proud, excited, and humbled to take on the responsibility for the next game,” explained Yanick Roy, studio director of BioWare Montreal.

“To ensure a proper and effective transition, we’ll continue to be supported by the Edmonton studio through the game’s development, working with and learning from them on some critical initiatives. On top of that, Casey remains the Executive Producer, but he will have a Project Director under him, working in Montreal, leading our development team and making day-to-day decisions for the game. We all care very much about Mass Effect and make our decisions based on what’s best for the game.”

BioWare Montreal are planning to simultaneously “be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games” while “ exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts” – what that means in practice we have no idea, but we really hope it doesn’t involve magic space children explaining away every mysterious in the ME universe in a matter of minutes.

With Dragon Age III set for release next year, we suspect that Mass Effect 4 won’t appear on PC and next gen consoles until 2014 – at least that’s the release window we’d put our money on…

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    1. Posted by Shubhendu Singh on November 30th, 2012, 21:58

      I dont know and care whether its going to be Sequel or Prequel, only thing i bleive is ME4 is going to be amazing!!
      Though i have heard bad things about Frostbite engine.(i have heard, i realllly dontknow!)

    2. Posted by Jeff Vincent on December 7th, 2012, 04:55

      Please remember “there will be no red, green , or blue ending for ME3″
      - one of the devs from Bioware.

      What did we get?

      The ghost child stays, deal with it.

      And

      Red, Green and Blue.

      Don’t be a sellout.

      Never forgive. Never forget.

      EVERYTHING you did in ME 1, 2 & 3 ultimately meant NOTHING.

      Don’t be a sellout, boycott Bioware!

      • Posted by Jon Paul Cuellar on December 8th, 2012, 02:51

        Sellout? Wait, I can get money for playing worthwhile games made by an amazing studio? Where do I sign up, I’m selling out right the fuck now!

      • Posted by Chompifyable on January 20th, 2013, 09:32

        EA assumed direct control.
        Darned godchild, screwing up my games and making it so my choices don’t change anything.

        At least with Dragon Age they told me how things changed. (Referring to origins, of course.) What, couldn’t spend some of your millions of trillions of dollars on some cheap concept art with words on it? It wouldn’t even take you more than 2 days, at most. You decide what happens, get some art from your workers, do some coding and viola.

      • Posted by SonofMog on April 11th, 2014, 21:21

        Don’t be a cunt. The ending sucked, yes, but there’s 3 games worth of awesome getting there. I don’t regret a second of it and I’ll definitely buy the new game.

    3. Posted by GarrusV on December 13th, 2012, 20:24

      “Mass Effect will return, but Shepard won’t. Unless this groovy fan-made wallpaper is right and the Montreal-developed sequel involves zombies….”
      If there will be no Shepard then Im out. You can’t just erase the most important character of a game with that large history. I only wish it wont be the same disaster like Gothic 4 Arcadia.

      • Posted by blackerst on January 28th, 2013, 04:32

        Who said anything about erasing the character? Have you read the books? They could very well just take a path similar to how Drew Karpyshyn wrote the books, making mentions here and there to provide basis to a timeline. If you can’t have Mass Effect without Shepard then you best stop dreaming about any future Mass Effect games, because Shepard is dead.

        • Posted by Huge Mass Effect Fan on June 26th, 2013, 02:23

          Dafuck did you say , Shepard is our hero! Go shoot yourself before we find you and skin you alive -.- Buffalo Bill style bish

          • Posted by Blackerst on June 26th, 2013, 02:42

            I hope you find me so I can rid the world of one more arrogant asshole who can’t even hold a decent conversation.

            Besides the point you have yet to prove me wrong. Enjoy your trolling, I like it :)

    4. Posted by Badmutthas on December 19th, 2012, 18:45

      The words Mass Effect give me a boner!!

    5. Posted by m.e.fan on December 26th, 2012, 11:51

      You cant have mass effect without shepard and the other main characters like garrus liara tali etc. I will never buy a bioware game again. I also agree with the person above BOYCOTT BIOWARE

      • Posted by blackerst on January 28th, 2013, 04:28

        Actually you can, if Halo Reach is any indication you can still make a great game without the franchise’s poster character.

        • Posted by Huge Mass Effect Fan on June 26th, 2013, 02:26

          No! Absolutely no! Halo Reach is NO indication what-so-ever and most of us don’t even like that crap game. The story itself makes most of us puke , super kids fighting machines the strongest thing against a race so advanced from every point of view? I for one am a very big fan of Space Operas but Halo is just a bunch of BS.

          • Posted by Blackerst on June 26th, 2013, 02:41

            Kudos, you just received first place on the arrogance awards show.

            Just to make you work for it, swap Halo with Mass Effect 4 in your comment and that’s what I have to say. If your smart enough then maybe I’ll reply again. If not then have fun 8D

          • Posted by Bainbow on August 29th, 2013, 21:41

            Most of us? The game was incredibly well received.

      • Posted by Blaze on May 28th, 2013, 01:41

        Infamous: Second Son isn’t going to have Cole McGrath in it, and do you hear anyone complaining? KOTOR 2 didn’t have Revan either.

    6. Posted by Fug Xu on January 1st, 2013, 04:50

      Joy, we get another installment of Massive Mess. Fuck You EA, and fuck you Bioware!

      Nah, I’ll check it out, only after a month or two and plenty of player reviews.

      I will say one area Bioware and EA can go fuck themselves in…that’s pre-orders…never again.

    7. Posted by Falk on January 1st, 2013, 08:35

      If they are smart they’ll return to the rpg heavy template of mass effect 1. The sequels were just more shooters, but with very, very slight rpg elements. That pissed me off.

      • Posted by Chompifyable on January 20th, 2013, 09:07

        And suddenly Shepard couldn’t have more than a paragon response and a renegade response. I understand that for talking to people in “yes or no” situations, but come on… By the third game I was just sprinting into cover, shooting things so I could move on and not even really bothering with conversations any more. Not to mention there weren’t even the mini-puzzles from ME2. Simple, fairly easy, yes. But at least it broke up the nearly straight combat.

    8. Posted by George on January 5th, 2013, 16:25

      After dragon age two i never bothered to buy another bioware game. They are turning ME into call of duty more and more every game, and dragon age will be dynasty warriors by the time they get done

    9. Posted by This guy learned his lesson on June 26th, 2013, 02:30

      If ME4 isn’t very ,and i mean VERY close to ME1 as a game overall , then they can go fuck themselves because i won’t buy that crap even if it’s the end of the world. More shooters? no thank you Bioware and EA , go f u. Right up your blackholes!

      • Posted by Bainbow on August 29th, 2013, 21:55

        Really? I hated ME1. You’re criticizing its sequels for being shooters, but ME1 was, when it came down to gameplay, a bad shooter. The only good thing that it had that its sequels didn’t were the different armour types.

        The controls were below average, the guns were bad, close quarters was a wreck, powers were useless, grenades were awesome and squad mates were useful only as cannon fodder as powers were useless and they couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn door.

        The only reason I trudge through it is so I can keep Wrex alive is the sequels because god damnit he is a boss.

    10. Posted by Bainbow on August 29th, 2013, 21:46

      I don’t know why people hate ME3 so much. The ending was poor but everything else was awesome. It’s one of my favorite games despite the ending because up until that point it had a fantastic story, very likable characters, great plot twists and to be honest it has the best multiplayer I’ve seen in a very long time.

      • Posted by Terminalrex on September 22nd, 2013, 08:54

        It is because the ending of ME3 ruined the entire concept of the game, all those choices you made throughout the franchise were for nothing. It did not matter how you had played the rest of the game or if you had built a big enough army ect, the ending was always yours to choose in a ten miniute sequence at the end. It didn’t take all of your accomplishment throughout the game into account, it was also rushed out of development and you can tell this by the fact that the used some free share files from the Internet instead of creating their own content. The last installement was all about the money for them they did not care for their loyal fan base.

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