BioWare’s general manager Casey Hudson has teased that the “Mass Effect” franchise may still have some life left in it with a tiny blurb at the end of a promotional video for 2018’s N7 Day on Wednesday. Bioware is also releasing an Xbox One X patch for “Mass Effect: Andromeda” which will offer better resolution, HDR lighting and more towards last year’s fourth game in the series.
The franchise launched in 2007 and 2010’s “Mass Effect 2” remains one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. 2012’s “Mass Effect 3” however boasted an ending which infuriated fans and led to Bioware doing a minor reboot of the series with ‘Andromeda’.
What was hoped would save the franchise ended up burying it. Unlike the first three games which came out of Bioware Edmonton, a new team in Montreal dealt with the project which experienced a troubled production cycle that saw many members of its leadership team depart mid-project, numerous changes in creative vision, and a rushed building of the game in the new Frostbite engine as opposed to the Unreal Engine 3 of the previous titles.
The result was a massive game with easily the largest playable area of any “Mass Effect” title, but a game that felt mostly incomplete and riddled with bugs and numerous flaws that often crashed it. After a couple of patches, Bioware effectively gave up on the game and it seemed as if the franchise would be put out to pasture.
Even though it’s only a suggestion, this is the first sign that the world of Commander Shepard may return.