EA Teases Details on ‘New’ BioWare Project Coming at E3 2014

Electronic Arts will show off “new projects” from a number of studios at its E3 2014 press conference, and among those listed is Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer BioWare.

EA’s press conference is set for noon PDT on Monday, and according to a press release, it’ll feature “the first look at the all-new Battlefield Hardline from Visceral Games, the latest from EA SPORTS FIFA 15, Madden NFL 15, EA SPORTS UFC, NHL 15, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Sims 4 and more. EA will also give fans a behind-the-scenes look on new projects in development from DICE, BioWare, Criterion, and Waystone Games.”

Time for lots of speculation for everyone.

We already know BioWare is actively at work on Mass Effect 4, so it seems strange that if EA intends to share new details on the project, it wouldn’t refer to the title by name — but then again, the next Mass Effect installment is yet “unannounced” in an official capacity, and it’s high time for that to happen. If EA means to show off a new entry in that universe, E3 would be just the boisterous occasion to drop new screens, scenario details, and probably most importantly, an official title. We don’t have one yet, and that might explain why there’s no mention of Mass Effect on the press release.

Then again, recent trends among other publishers suggest that maybe development for new games in big, money-making series is going slow, and perhaps the whole new generation console transition isn’t going quite as well as was hoped. Seems like we’re seeing publishers announcing games that are fairly close to release, or smaller games in big franchises, like Tales from the Borderlands or the Witcher adventure game.

Then again, BioWare has Dragon Age: Inquisition set to drop in October. Depending on Mass Effect’s state of completion, it seems reasonable EA could want to talk about that at E3 for a release in 2015; then again, I wouldn’t be shocked to hear about some sort of side project coming out between Dragon Age and Mass Effect to fill the gap between.

Also among the items mentioned on EA’s list are new games from usually Battlefield dev DICE, Burnout and Need for Speed developer Criterion, and Waystone, the maker of free-to-play MMO Dawngate. We already know DICE is working on Star Wars Battlefront, which also isn’t mentioned by name, and there have been rumblings that Mirror’s Edge 2 could pop up at E3 as well.

Criterion lost about 80 percent of its staff late last year, as around 60 developers moved on to Ghost Games to continue work on Need for Speed titles, as well as co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry. Before his departure, Ward said Criterion was moving away from racing to work in other genres, so who knows what we might see from the studio. Another Star Wars game feels pretty likely, though.

And as for Waystone — well, who knows.

Oh, and expect some new info on Titanfall as Respawn continues to roll out features that probably should have shipped with the boxed product at launch, like Titan customization features and a new game mode.

You can watch the EA press conference live stream at ea.com/e3. Let us know what you idly speculate EA will announce in the comments.


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9 Comments on EA Teases Details on ‘New’ BioWare Project Coming at E3 2014

T. Jetfuel

On June 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

In the spirit of rampant speculations, I declare that B-Ware will begin the hype cycle for that Casey Hudson “IP” he was inspired to torch Mass Effect for, long rumored to be some sort of an espionage thing.

Or it might just be the next ME, rumored (by me) to be provisionally titled “Mass Effect: Plan 4 from Outer Space”. In any case, I look forward to not buying it.

Michael M.

On June 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

Mark my words, the game will be the new Mass Effect, and it will be called Mass Effect: Contact, a prequel to Mass Effect 1.
It is known.

Michael M.

On June 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

More words to mark: Most likely release date: 2015.

Dino Z.

On June 7, 2014 at 9:16 am

Just dont give a damn prequel to Mass Effect please.

Kippers

On June 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm

If it’s a Mass Effect prequel then I look forward to the fantards claiming that all the retconning required to make it work, and the myriad of plotholes and logic gaps that will come from it, is somehow evidence of what great writers Walters and Hudson are and that those who notice the inconsistencies are just too stupid to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks and do the author’s jobs for them. I also look forward to reading Kotaku and IGN’s (among others) journalistic blowjobs that will in no way be representative of what’s actually important about the game.

Bercilak

On June 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

@Kippers

Isn’t that the truth, though. I have one small difference of opinion with what you’ve written. I’d say that Kotaku’s and IGN’s “articles” won’t be able to discuss what’s important about the game because nothing is important about the game. It’s just another EA cash grab.

Freelance

On June 10, 2014 at 12:33 am

Mass Effect didn’t have much to show really

Gherk

On June 10, 2014 at 5:21 am

Re Freelance – the original Mass Effect was an amazing game, not perfect by any means but had a great sense of scale while still keeping things on a personal level and with choices that often seemed like genuine shades of grey. The second game had good character development but a poor story and overly-simplistic gameplay, plus the choices were now totally binary “good vs bad” decisions and were usually unintuitive. The third game was mostly good but a customer service nightmare with the most botched conclusion in the history of fiction. The fourth game is a cash cow, it’ll play well but won’t have any soul or organic reason to exist within the Mass Effect cannon. Still, the first game holds up for me and many others. If you never enjoyed the first game then I both feel sorry for you for missing out, and also feel jealous that you were never led down a path of despair and frustration as those who took to the series were.

Freelance

On June 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I just meant they didnt show much of the game in e3… i love mass effect