11:01 pm - 11/22/2012

BioWare asks fans if the next Mass Effect game should be a prequel or sequel + Mirror's Edge 2 news

BioWare made the announcement last week that the next installment in the Mass Effect series is currently in development at BioWare Montreal. The studio is now asking their fans to make the decision on whether or not the next Mass Effect should be a prequel or sequel. BioWare Executive Producer, Casey Hudson, sent out a tweet to his 30,000+ followers on Twitter on how they should progress.

Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?

This isn't the first time Hudson has interacted with the fan base for the development of Mass Effect 4. After the announcement of the sci-fi series going underway, Hudson sent out his first tweet asking fans their opinion on what they'd like to see in the game.

The newest addition will be running on the Frostbite engine set in the Mass Effect universe and will not feature the protagonist Commander Shepard. BioWare Montreal Studio Director, Yanick Roy, commented on how they will be respectful of the franchise.

While [Mass Effect 4] will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts. You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling.

How should BioWare continue the Mass Effect franchise? Should the next installment be a sequel or prequel?


Faith is about to come out of retirement.

Today, a tweet from the general manager of ngmoco Sweden set the game industry abuzz with talks of a sequel to "Mirror's Edge". Ben Cousins, the aforementioned general manager, tweeted, "It is general knowledge in the Stockholm (Sweden) dev scene that 'Mirror's Edge 2' is in production at DICE."

The article Mr. Cousins links to in his tweet states that the "Battlefield" developer does not "want to become a 'Battlefield' factory" (which seems like a shot at a certain publisher that pushes out multiple military-based first person shooters in various historical periods).

Although DICE became famous for making the "Battlefield" series, "Mirror's Edge" has garnered cult status. The game centers around Faith, a parkour expert cum courier who must deliver secret packages to resistance fighters against an Orwellian state. The focus of the game was not on combat but how quickly and efficiently Faith could traverse the obstacles in her way. In fact, the game rewarded those who explicitly avoided combat by disarming enemies and moving on.

News about "Mirror's Edge 2" being in development surfaced as early as 2009 but talk about the game died down. That is until today when Mr. Cousins tweeted that the game is still very much in production.

Of course, Mr. Cousins' comment is not out of the ordinary as games have tumultuous cycles (witness one "Metal Gear Rising Revengeance") but reading that "Mirror's Edge 2" is still be worked on is good news. "Mirror's Edge" is one of the most original and innovative games this generation and it would be sad to see that it did not get a sequel.


This post is dedicated to executivehpfan
OH GOD I NEED MORE TALI, KASUMI, AND MIRANDA. AND ARIA. FUCK. Also I want the option to actually kill Diana Allers. Bitch is fucking useless and Jessica Chobot seems to have failed acting school soooo......she's better off not returning to the series.
Anyone else play Mirror's Edge? It was so much fun and VERY underrated (ala Kameo Elements of Power underrated)

myrasis 23rd-Nov-2012 07:08 am (UTC)
that's kind of how i feel, plus there's actually potential for silly cameos like in DAII of the people who were kicking back then, Wrex, Aria, Samara, etc. we know BW loves that shit.

making a post-ME3 game would require making one ending 'canon' which would probably wind up pissing off even more people even though it's probably destroy, lbr.
voyevoda 23rd-Nov-2012 07:14 am (UTC)
You think destroy? I'd say it's synthesis based on how much of a hard-on they seemed to have for it (plus all the "PICK THIS IT'S A GREAT OPTION!" lack of subtlety). And I despise synthesis, soooo...

I'd just rather not deal with any of their Jesus-figure ~the Shepard~ b.s. or even more Reaper drama. I'd rather encounter the cameos (child Kaidan at BAaT would give me a lot of feels too, though that came later, haha), create heroes that came before Shepard was even born, and be able to experience the space travel and discovery that I probably won't see in 'real life' in my lifetime.

Why no I'm not a space nerd why do you ask
myrasis 23rd-Nov-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's true. Though I attribute that all a bit to the "let's suddenly change the theme of the series in the last game, specifically that last sliver of it!" part more than anything. Anything aside from Control is probable at this point I imagine.

Yeah, that's another reason why I'd love that, because we know how it ended but I wanna see how they got to that point in the first place. I can't think of a game that took place during the "Baby's First First Encounter" stage (or interplanetary I suppose) so that'd be really cool to see.

Or some other war that didn't involve humans would be awesome but I really doubt anything like that would ever happen :(
voyevoda 23rd-Nov-2012 07:34 am (UTC)
Careful what you wish for. Next thing you know we'll have an all-Asari civil war game. :P
myrasis 23rd-Nov-2012 07:39 am (UTC)
oh good lord what would that even be about, i don't remember anything in the codexes...

dammit now i'm thinking up things, maybe there were divisions between the asari and as such there was fighting over control of the relays? gah.

rachni and morning wars tho. the geth give me so many feels i'd love it. or the krogan when they were MIGHTY. fuck yeah.

Edited at 2012-11-23 07:40 am (UTC)
voyevoda 23rd-Nov-2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Pureblood vs non pureblood? :D

There are so many past wars and whatnot that would make a fantastic game, I'll be incredibly disappointed if they do a sequel instead.
myrasis 23rd-Nov-2012 07:50 am (UTC)
but the salarians probably hadn't made first contact at that point so there wasn't another race to diversify the blood lines... HMMM.

oh here's a thought, time travel! potential to be highly confusing but could also include all the awesome things. or be like an assassin's creed ripoff.
sashwizzled 23rd-Nov-2012 08:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, it would totally be fucking synthesis. And I know some people choose that ending because it means Joker gets to bang EDI and the quarians get to skip off into the sunset with the geth without the retarded hypocrisy of the Control ending, but it just brings back my childhood fear of the Borg.
akscully 23rd-Nov-2012 08:50 am (UTC)
Except with Synthesis you would have to make ANOTHER extra-galaxy enemy since it was pretty heavily implied that since everyone was part synthetic, they just talked/hugged out their problems before they even started. And I don't think they would want a sequel about destroying God!Shepard, so...

Destroy just seems like the only option with conflict available.
littlepunkryo 23rd-Nov-2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
this is exactly why I'm very wary of a sequel, Bioware's already proven they're fine with throwing your choices out the window so they can continue with a storyline they have in mind (srsly you can kill Anders in Awakening but regardless he comes back for DAII) and there's NO WAY they wouldn't pick the Synthesis ending to become the "canon" one, not with how the game tells you over and over "it's the best one! Everyone gets to be happy, nobody dies, everything is love and puppies etc!" /still bitter that Destroy kills EDI and the geth, such bullshit.
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