BioWare GM Says New Mass Effect Is ‘Fresh but Recognizable’

While we’re devoting our thought processes to BioWare things for a minute (I’m having a Great Mass Effect Christmas event at my parents’ house in Alabama RIGHT NOW, by the way), BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn tweeted that he has played some of the new Mass Effect, and that it’s cool and stuff.

Despite what Ross Lincoln will tell you, Mass Effect 3′s botched ending didn’t ruin the whole franchise. A botched Mass Effect 4 might, though. Hopefully Flynn isn’t just running PR with that tweet and is actually speaking from the heart, not that we have any way of knowing.

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21 Comments on BioWare GM Says New Mass Effect Is ‘Fresh but Recognizable’

Aedelric

On December 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Same PR rubbish as usual from Bioware, the mere fact he works for Bioware means his word can not be trusted.

I have heard all this before with the last two Bioware titles, DA2 and ME3. The amount of money I have parted with in recent years for sub-standard Bioware games I feel they owe me. No Bioware representative is going to knock at my door and hand over some money or a free game, so instead I shall continue to be spiteful, hateful and bad mouth the company till I am blue in the face.

Serves them right for screwing over their fans, like me.

Oh Dear

On December 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

“Despite what Ross Lincoln will tell you, Mass Effect 3′s botched ending didn’t ruin the whole franchise.”

I don’t need Ross to forcefeed me opinions, thanks. I know from my own intuition that the ending ruined my personal experience of the whole franchise, and I’m one of tens if not hundreds of thousands of fans who feel the same way.

Ross Lincoln

On December 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I never force-feed opinions! They are begged for, and beloved.

fethski

On December 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

As long as it takes place after ME3 and is not a prequel or a sidequel I’ll hear them out.

Swcloud99

On December 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm

@Ross Lincoln
Word.

R.J.

On December 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm

As Aedelric pointed out, the “opinion” of someone who works at BioWare based on unseen preview material can’t be taken at face value. An employee is only ever going to say a game is turning out great because it’s all about building up hype. Considering that some variation of the phrase “fresh but recognizable” has popped up every time BioWare says anything about this game, there is no way I can read this as someone’s genuine opinion. A good chunk of the negative reaction came from BioWare not making good things that BioWare either expressly or impliedly said would happen, so this is one company where I have to now take everything they say with heavy skepticism.

Aedelric

On December 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Sure Ross, no doubt your mum and dad beg for your beloved opinion all the time.

gasmaskangel

On December 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Mass Effect is dead to me. A lot of people say you should just enjoy the journey, but its hard to do that when you know it ends with you getting pistol whipped in the genitals and told you just aren’t smart enough to appreciate the artistic quality of the pistol whipping.

It will take a miracle to get me invested in the series again, and an employee of Bioware talking about how good it is doesn’t cut it.

psycros

On December 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Not only is Mass Effect dead to me, so is Bioware. All they care about is on-disk DLC and pushing the agenda.

lol

On December 20, 2013 at 12:00 am

“Despite what Ross Lincoln will tell you, Mass Effect 3′s botched ending didn’t ruin the whole franchise. ” I ing love you lol

Maay

On December 20, 2013 at 1:07 am

Okay, up to the botched ending, I loved the game very much. And I’m an optimist. Humans can save the galaxy from annihilation, so saving a franchise seems feasible. Hope is alive.
But this time, I won’t pre-order. I’ll wait for the full reviews from Gamefront and other trustworthy sources.

Cho

On December 20, 2013 at 4:49 am

So now ‘lol’ is actually telling us all that he loves himself. This is the problem with using a name that you then use within sentences. It can only either be trolling or post-car crash levels of mental retardation.

Roy Batty

On December 20, 2013 at 5:09 am

Nope it is dead as I have not yet seen an kind of apology (like Casey Hudson kissing his own arse).

I imagine it this way: Reaperboy is actually the computer Hactar from Douglas Adams Life the Universe and Everything. Like Hactar Reaperboy has created the ultimate weapon which makes all the stars in the galaxy go supernova. No matter which ending you choose the supernova weapon is activated and all life is extinguished (since unlike Arthur Dent Shepard was an exceptional cricket bowler). THE END

Why should I get involved in a new series only to have my heart ripped out at the end? Sorry Biowaste but the ending made about as much sense as a bag of groceries left on the shelf after the expiration date ( IT WAS INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT).

Mr Christ

On December 20, 2013 at 6:22 am

The best thing GameFront can possibly do is to not tell us about BioWare’s movements, and those of any developer that are proven to have lied and condescended again and again. Just stop giving them the oxygen of publicity.

michael

On December 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Correction. ME 3′s ending did ruin the franchise. Period.
How can I replay a broken game from scratch if it ends the same way.

monotoy

On December 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm

@michael I hated the ending as much as anyone, but I still will play ME1+2 again, maybe even 3 if only because I liked the Docks/Holding area there …

BillyJoel

On December 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I look forward to possibly picking this up when it hits the bargin bin/digital sale

Fill Tailor

On December 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Imagine if A Song of Ice and Fire ends with Daenerys about to take the iron throne, only to pass out in front of it and be teleported to a metaphysical arena where the ghost of the butcher’s boy that Joffrey had killed near the beginning says that he’s an artificial intelligence created millennia ago because the kingdoms always fought each other to oblivion, and that everyone who has ever died in the story has their DNA stored inside a dragon which are actually synthetic databases. He then gives her the choice of destroying, controlling, or synthesising with the dragons and she doesn’t even think of just refusing to do anything, but regardless of what she chooses the ending is just an explosion that obliterates the entire continent, followed by Arya, Bronn and some guy who isn’t introduced until the final book waking up in an unidentified jungle, and finally an epilogue where Peter Jackson is pretending to be someone else talking to his grandson about what’s just happened as if it’s apocryphal.

Because that would be no less ridiculous and irreversibly damaging to the rest of the series than the ending of Mass Effect 3. It won’t change how you felt while you were playing it, but it WILL completely ruin your ability to enjoy it again.

Foehunter82

On December 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

This:

“I don’t need Ross to forcefeed me opinions, thanks. I know from my own intuition that the ending ruined my personal experience of the whole franchise, and I’m one of tens if not hundreds of thousands of fans who feel the same way.”

and at the same time, this:

“I never force-feed opinions! They are begged for, and beloved.”

Bryan

On December 21, 2013 at 5:13 am

“Fresh but recognisable” translates roughly to “it has nothing to do with the original trilogy except for the name, but you’ll know it’s an EA game because it’ll need about eight patches to work properly and about 10% of the on-disk data will be locked until you pay £7.99 for it as day one DLC.”

Tommy B Rude

On December 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I’ve said it before, but it’s been a while since I bothered to comment on anything bioware related so I’ll say it again, no amount of pr hustling is going to change a damn thing because I simply don’t have any faith in bioware anymore.
I refuse to keep coming back like some battered wife who makes excuses about the good times. Yes, they wrote a hell of a first chapter with ME and Dragon Age, but they failed to follow up on both accounts.
The nerd rage over the mass effect 3 ending has long since faded, but distrust ain’t going anywhere.
People need to take the retail price of DA3, lay it out in cash, take a picture and tweet it to bioware along with “this is as close as you’re going to get #NotOneDime”.