I’m a whiner, a bitcher, a complainer. I’m far more likely to point out the negatives than the positives. Today I’m going to break that mold and talk about some positive things that happened for representation at E3 this year. Especially with controversy swirling around Assassin’s Creed: Unity and the new Zelda game, I feel like it wouldn’t go amiss to point out some of the really good things that are going on.
Bioware teased the next Mass Effect game during EA's press conference today. There isn't anything too revealing in it, but we do get some pretty good looks at the current prototype and some concept art.
A Mass Effect trilogy collection was released for the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 in 2012. Now it seems that there is talk at Bioware of remastering the three games for a re-release on the current-gen platforms.
BioWare is currently working on a brand new IP with the core team behind the Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect series. While almost nothing about this mysterious project has been announced, producer Casey Hudson did reveal that the game is already playable.
Despite the controversy over how Mass Effect 3 was ended, a fourth game in the series is still eagerly anticipated by fans of the universe. The next installment is still probably quite a ways off, but today we've gotten our first real bit of information.
Curious what the third Dragon Age game is going to look like? Well two minutes of in-game footage has debuted online, and it's pretty impressive stuff. There's plenty of sword clanging, spell slinging, and all of the stuff we've come to expect. We're still almost a year away from what we hope will be a Q3 2014 release, but it's already looking pretty polished. Check the game out below.
EA and BioWare have announced a new Dragon Age game. No, it's not Dragon Age 4. Instead, it will be a "freemium" downloadable title for the iPhone and Android devices. Titled Heroes of the Dragon Age, the game allows players to purchase and collect characters from the DA universe, forming them into a team that can do battle against AI and human opponents online.
A new report indicates that after the release of Dragon Age II, writer Jennifer Helper received numerous death threats, not only in regards to herself but aimed at her children as well. The game was not positively received by some fans, and many on the team working on Dragon Age II have received similar types of threats. Helper reportedly was “able to ignore most of the threats and abuse on the BioWare forums and Twitter [however] she also received emailed death threats and threats against her children, as well as abusive phone calls.”
Playable Ewok companions will soon be arriving in Star Wars: The Old Republic. To unlock one once Patch 2.3 lands you'll need a legacy level 40+ account and a smooth million credits (or some Cartel Coins).
According to Bioware Montreal's studio director Yanick Roy, the next Mass Effect game will have quite a bit in common with the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. Roy posted on Twitter that the first design doc for the Mass Effect followup has been completed, before revealing that the game will be "borrowing" core mechanics from Dragon Age.
When it was announced that Disney acquired the right for the Star Wars movies, reactions were mixed. There was a further blow when LucasArts, the company that helped bring us many Star Wars and other memorable games, was shut down. Now there is news that EA will be at the helm of future Star Wars games.
We don't know much about the next Mass Effect (aside from the fact that there will be one), but series executive producer Casey Hudson is hinting that it will be a pretty large departure from the previous trilogy.