Mass Effect 4 Set For 2013 Information Release?

By Prarthito Maity | Dec 14, 2012 01:37 PM EST

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‘Mass Effect’ fans are in for a treat as reports suggest that the next ‘Mass Effect’ title – ‘Mass Effect 4’ – has been scheduled for a detailed information release next year with the game set for a 2014 or 2015 release window.

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The information came from Bioware via a recent interview with GamerSyndrome, and many interesting details regarding the Mass Effect franchise, such as the release window for the upcoming ‘Mass Effect 4’ and some scrapped elements from ‘Mass Effect 2’ and 'Mass Effect 3' were revealed.

The company stated: “Late 2014 to Mid 2015. I honestly can’t tell you an exact because full development on the game started a month or two ago. You’ll hear more about the new Mass Effect game [next year] in 2013.”

It was also confirmed that Casey Hudson, executive producer for the series, “is very much involved in the new Mass Effect game” and that “the game isn’t far along in development." The company also spoke about the inspiration for multiplayer in ‘Mass Effect 3,’ which began while working on ‘Mass Effect 2.’

“We had actually wanted to do multiplayer in Mass Effect 2. We started working on it and found out that it was just going to be too much, so we had to take it out of Mass Effect 2 and put it into [Mass Effect]3. As far as the style it had, like I said we wanted it to be different from other games. It needed to have something that drew people into playing multiplayer over and over again. It had to be something that looked and felt like playing a mission in Mass Effect, except you had 3 other players from around the world with you. This style of multiplayer was something we wanted to do since Mass Effect 2," noted Bioware.

The company also discussed a host of scrapped ideas for ‘Mass Effect 3.’ These included an alternate ending with a final boss fight against a ‘reaperfied’ Illusive Man.

“One of the mission ideas that got scrapped was actually going onto Palaven, the turian home world, and being able to see what their world was like. We also scrapped the original ending for Mass Effect 3. We were gonna have it as a “boss battle”, where Commander Shepard would go up and fight The Illusive Man who has been transformed by The Reapers,” stated Bioware. “We scrapped that idea because way too many [games] have that as their ending, some final boss fight. Ultimately, we are proud of the finished products in the Mass Effect series and stand by them.”

The company also assured that the ‘Mass Effect Trilogy’ could have a possible Wii U release in the future.

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