Anthem may have been the big focus of Bioware in recent times, but that doesn’t mean that it is the only focus for the experienced studio. Mass Effect and Dragon Age are under some works in for their next instalment.
While the majority of Bioware’s resources have focused on Anthem’s development on things such as testing or promoting the game. The studio had hinted at their recent blog, “we hear loud and clear the interest in BioWare doing more Dragon Age and Mass Effect, so rest assured that we have some teams hidden away working on some secret stuff that I think you’ll really like – we’re just not ready to talk about any of it for a little while…”
This may be a surprise to a few people if one considered the performance of how well Mass Effect: Andromeda performed. It didn’t do well to the point that the planned DLCs for the game were effectively cancelled. The game itself wasn’t exactly ‘bad’ overall as some critics had pointed out that there were some positive aspects of the title such as the Combat gameplay.
Overall, it would be considered a disappointment to many, especially due to its huge marketing via trailers and other promotions that it had fairly high expectations. It did end up resulting in a merge between Bioware Montreal and EA’s Motive Studios which had many concerned about the future of the franchise.
With this blog’s post, it should clear up any doubt on the franchise’s future that there will be another Mass Effect Title in the works, but the details of whether it may be a direct sequel or an entirely new ‘trilogy’ are still up in the airs. With Andromeda’s weak performance, it was a chance for Bioware to redeem the franchise for its rather lacklustre reception.
Dragon Age didn’t suffer as much compared to Mass Effect and actually did fairly well critically. While it certainly had a few downsides such as weaker stories compared to its predecessors, it still maintained strong sales and positive reactions. It also dished out its DLC packages with five of them in total.
The blog confirmed that while Bioware wants to focus a lot of their resources on Anthem for the next half a year, them mentioning how they had teams working on the next titles for those two established franchises will definitely have fans a little more excited for the years to come.