BioWare Edmonton hand over development duties to Montreal branch.
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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