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Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2

The BioWare Blog has an update from BioWare Montreal on the next installment in the Mass Effect series of action/RPGs, announcing their studio is taking the helm of the next game. Word is they will be working with the Edmonton studio and the Frostbite 2 engine from the Battlefield series to make and installment that's "respectful of the heritage" of the series:

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.

There is really not much I can tell you about the game right now, except that it will be built with the amazing technology of Frostbite as its foundation, enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age III team has already spent a lot of time building.

The other thing I can tell you is that, while it 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.

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21. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 23:26 Fion
 
NKD wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 20:54:
No UE3? Thank god.

QFT. I am so sick of the UE3 engine. Every game looks and feels identical because it is so prevalent.


On topic: I did a double take on the ME4. Really? ME4? I guess I should never have doubted it. But I do wonder what exactly will it be about? How can you even call it Mass Effect since the entire mass effect station network exploded and half the characters are dead? PvP only is possible, but does anyone think ME3 multiplayer was any good? Nobody I know played it past the 'oh this is new' stage. An ME game not about the games universe with a deep RP story (the ending of ME3 not withstanding) is almost unthinkable to me.

I thought I'd never see Bioware jump the shark. They are one game away from going on my blacklist, along with Blizzard.
 
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20. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 23:14 loomy
 
Bhruic wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 22:27:
loomy wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 22:21:
In other words, "we're making Mass Effect a shooter now because those make a lot of money. It seems like Halo anyway so why not."

What a dumb statement. The previous versions used the UE3 engine, and managed to not be "a shooter", so why does the change to the Frostbite engine somehow mean it'll be a shooter? The engine has nothing to do with what type of game you end up with. Hell, they are using the Frostbite engine to make a new Command and Conquer, and that sure as hell isn't a shooter.

The previous versions of Mass Effect were more and more shooter over time. Bioware Montreal's greatest accomplishment is Mass Effect 3 multiplayer WHICH IS NOTHING BUT A SHOOTER. So what's dumb is your face
 
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19. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 23:03 PropheT
 
wonkawonka wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 21:43:
So is it time to buy ME3?
Or should I just skip it?

ME3 is awesome as long as you don't get invested in it enough to really care about the ending.

For me, personally, it's the worst ending in the history of gaming...and that includes classic games that tended to end with "GAME OVER" or "YOU IS WINNER" as a reward for your effort. I finished it 6 months ago and it -still- makes me angry to think about it.
 
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18. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:59 Flatline
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 22:20:
Pete wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 22:10:
Worth it if you find it cheap. Great game with a shitty ending.

What ever happened to them patching the ending?

Before I played it I thought the reaction was ridiculous but wow, they really did stuff that up so badly.

It still screws you up the butt, but it has the decency to tell you that you were a pretty good lay afterwards.

And I'm done with Bioware. Sorry folks. You had 3 strikes, you're out.
 
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17. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:42 Joss
 
They must have big plans for outdoor areas. I've flown around in Amrored Kill: Alborz Mountains and its fucking amazing! Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is also going to be using Frostbite 2. Can't wait to see some of the fleshed out level screens.  
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16. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:34 Beelzebud
 
More space opera, less pseudo-religious 'chosen one' stuff.  
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15. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:30 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 22:20:
What ever happened to them patching the ending?

Before I played it I thought the reaction was ridiculous but wow, they really did stuff that up so badly.
They patched it, it's better. But it's still in fuck you territory.
 
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14. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:28 eRe4s3r
 
I agree And if it fixes the terribly action elements of Mass Effect to be less terrible, all the better. Contrary to the majority I think that Mass Effect has not yet reached it's best possible form. Maybe ME4 will do it... If they make the action fun, and the dialog and choices fun/matter.. then it could be one of the best games of the decade. Since they can start from anywhere and have no old choices to take into account they can go all out and use what they learned. And hey, destructible environments... in Mass Effect, would be pretty damn epic. ^^ And you really can't mess up "shooting" with Frostbite 2 unless you are Danger Close Games and make Warfighter.

Holy crap did they mess up the shooting in that game.
 
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13. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:27 Bhruic
 
loomy wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 22:21:
In other words, "we're making Mass Effect a shooter now because those make a lot of money. It seems like Halo anyway so why not."

What a dumb statement. The previous versions used the UE3 engine, and managed to not be "a shooter", so why does the change to the Frostbite engine somehow mean it'll be a shooter? The engine has nothing to do with what type of game you end up with. Hell, they are using the Frostbite engine to make a new Command and Conquer, and that sure as hell isn't a shooter.
 
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12. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:21 loomy
 
In other words, "we're making Mass Effect a shooter now because those make a lot of money. It seems like Halo anyway so why not."

Mass Effect (1) was right on the cusp of a special kind of excellence. Really close to the kind of game-of-the-year-5-years-in-a-row excellence that KOTOR struck gold with. But they missed it and slipped painfully in the wrong direction.

RIP Bioware. Long live EA.
 
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11. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:20 Quboid
 
Pete wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 22:10:
Worth it if you find it cheap. Great game with a shitty ending.

What ever happened to them patching the ending?

Before I played it I thought the reaction was ridiculous but wow, they really did stuff that up so badly.
 
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10. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:10 Pete
 
Worth it if you find it cheap. Great game with a shitty ending.  
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9. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 22:00 CrimsonPaw
 
wonkawonka wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 21:43:
So is it time to buy ME3?
Or should I just skip it?
Picked it up for $10; so far I'm not nearly as enamored with it as I was 2 - it just feels like they removed some of the enjoyable parts of 2 and made it linear. Like the previous 2, I'll wait for the next iteration to hit sub $20 before jumping on board.
 
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8. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 21:43 wonkawonka
 
So is it time to buy ME3?
Or should I just skip it?
 
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7. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 21:41 jomisab
 
Always good to see competition in the game engine arena.  
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6. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 21:23 Fantaz
 
I haven't heard of anyone outside of Epic adopting the new Unreal 4 Tech. Anyone going to use that engine?  
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5. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 21:13 Bhruic
 
This is actually good news, imo, the Frostbite engine is very impressive. Hopefully they spend the time learning the subtleties of it, and aren't forced to rush out a product.  
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4. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 21:07 Acleacius
 
Yeah, it will be multiplayer only and require a constant connection like diablo III: Dead to the World.  
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works the same way in any country.
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3. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 21:03 Fantaz
 
I almost read that headline as Mass Effect 4 goes Free-2-Play... Renamed to simply "Mass Effect".  
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2. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 20:58 Dades
 
Casey Hudson remains producer, bound for failure.

- DADES - This is a signature of my name, enjoy!
 
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